Tasha Adams is a senior (hopefully) graduating in May. She is terrified of all things graduation—failing a class and not meeting requirements, walking at the ceremony, not finding a job after receiving her degree. “The undaunted undergrads” is an account of working through last-semester fears and getting the most out of the college experience.
Today is the last day to apply for Spring graduation and I spent my weekend stuck on campus in a workshop. Not because I had nothing better to do and not because I needed upper-division credits. I was there because I realized I was three credits short of the 128 my catalog year requires for graduation, even though I had applied for graduation over Thanksgiving break.
I always assumed if I had met all the requirements for my degree (check), emphasis (done) and minor (nailed it) along with more than enough electives (oh yeah), the minimum credit requirement would be met. But this was not the case. And I don’t think I’m the only one. Double, triple, quadruple check your requirements today so you aren’t left behind come graduation.
My stomach dropped when I saw the “Not Satisfied” label next to that section of my academic advising report while other sections read “Satisfied.” after emailing Chris Matthies, transcript evaluator in the Registrar’s Office, I was no less frustrated. In fact, the response I received telling me “the best way to track (my) progress toward completion of (my) graduation requirements is to run (my) Academic Advising Report” was enough to bring me to tears. As if I hadn’t been checking obsessively since I enrolled.
As a senior hoping to throw my cap in May, I was freaking out and all I wanted was for someone (a person!) to tell me the classes I was registered for would satisfy the remaining requirements for graduation before it was too late. The registrar’s website states “A graduation evaluator will review your application after the 10th day of classes of the semester in which you intend to graduate.” And Matthies’ email informed me I might not hear anything back for up to a month after that.
I don’t want to come back next fall and waiting until March to hear either way is beyond irritating. I understand the university needs to make sure requirements are met before they approve someone’s graduation application. However, the anxiety it causes us is unnecessary.
Seniors- please share your application anxieties! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.