Student Guide to Graduation

2018 Student Guide to Graduation


Students, please carefully read and follow the instructions in this essential guide. Failure to complete the necessary requirements could prevent you from graduating.


Note: All graduates should have already submitted their Graduation Application to the Registrar’s Office. The deadline was June 2017. If not, please contact the Registrar immediately.



Step 1: Submit your commencement fee.

Due: Friday, March 9

The fee is $200 for all programs. Please pay online through Populi. If you prefer to write a check to the Finance Office, make it out to Westminster Theological Seminary and put your Student ID# along with “Graduation” on the memo line. Any questions regarding payment may be directed to the Finance Office.



Step 2: Complete the ATS Graduating Student Questionnaire.

Due: Friday, March 16


This survey, hosted by the Association of Theological Schools, is a requirement for graduation, and is available here. Please enter your full name for tracking purposes (your responses are anonymous), and copy your completion code to use in Step #3 (below).



Step 3: Fill out Westminster’s Information Form.

Due: Friday, March 16

This online form includes important questions regarding your diploma and regalia. It should take no more than 10 minutes. You must include your completion code for the ATS survey in Step #2.


Complete the form here.



Step 4: [Loan recipients only] Complete loan exit counseling.

Due: Monday, April 30

See below for details on whether or not you need to complete exit counseling.



Step 5: Reserve your spot at the Graduation Banquet.

Due: Monday, April 30

You and one guest may attend without charge, but you must reserve your spot! Tickets for other family members and guests will also be available at a cost.


Reserve your tickets here.



Step 6: Attend Graduation Rehearsal

Due: Tuesday, May 24, 3:00-4:00pm

Location: Westminster Theological Seminary, Rust Auditorium

All graduates must be present at rehearsal.



Step 7: Attend Graduation Ceremony

Due: Thursday, May 24, Graduate arrival time 1:00pm.

Travel time from Westminster to the ceremony location is about 45 minutes.





Details regarding Loan Exit Counseling:

Per federal regulations, any student who has received government loans through the Federal Direct and/or FFEL Program must complete exit counseling before graduating. Therefore, all graduating students receiving government loans through Westminster (subsidized, unsubsidized or GradPLUS) must go to the website to complete exit counseling by Monday, May 1, 2017. The Seminary will hold the diploma of any graduating student who has not completed exit counseling by this deadline.