Information for Seniors

Seniors should enroll in Senior Workshop (Fall 2019)

Units required to graduate: 128

Important Dates for Seniors and their Families:

  • If you plan to graduate in December, please note December 6, 2019 is the last date for Graduation Reviews
  • Johnston's Commencement Ceremony: April 18, 2020
  • If you plan to graduate in April or May 2020, you must choose a day and time that is available on the calendar in the Johnston Office (Bekins Hall 110) between the following range of dates: January 13, 2020 -- February 21, 2020; March 2, 2020 -- April 10, 2020

Q. What is a Graduation Review?

A. The Graduation Review is "your rite of passage" out of college, the Johnston Center, or whatever life experiences you have survived and relished in the last four to five years. This is the meeting where your advisor reads an objective précis of your education based on your course evaluations. Your faculty and peers will ask you questions about what you've learned. You can reflect on how you took ownership of your education, what worked, what didn't, what the communities were like (or not like) for you. It is the most exciting and memorable aspect of the Johnston academic process. Graduation Reviews will be held this year between January and April.

Q. How do I Schedule my Graduation Review?

A. Graduation Reviews are scheduled with Kerry Robles, Johnston Department Coordinator, in Bekins Hall 110.

Checklist for Seniors:
In addition to the commencement information for seniors on the website, please use the following instructions to help guide you through the graduation process. If you haven’t checked off everything on this list, you will know that you are not finished. Graduation Reviews must be scheduled and ALL graduation paperwork with signatures must be submitted three weeks before the date of the Graduation Review.

I have checked the website and I am aware of the dates available to have a Graduation Review. I know that I CANNOT schedule a Review outside of these times.

I have checked with Kerry Robles for available times for Graduation Reviews and selected a date. I have done this 3 weeks prior to the date I have selected. I am aware that this date won’t be mine until the next step is completed.

I have checked with my advisor(s) on their availability.

I have contacted and confirmed my committee and taken the “Graduation Review Scheduling Sheet” to each committee member to sign it.

I have turned in the “Graduation Review Scheduling” sheet to Kerry Robles and made sure my committee was written on the calendar.

To Get My Documents in Order for the Grad Review and Graduation:
I have all the documents I will need to write my Addendum forms: a copy of my original contract, my contract summary, and my current transcript.     

I have written or preferably typed my Addendum forms.  

My advisor has signed my addendum and I have turned it in to the Director.

I have rewritten my narrative and course listings and created a new cover sheet for my contract.  My advisor has signed this.

After the Director signed my Addendum Forms, I delivered these forms and my signed Graduation Contract with Course Listings to Teresa. I gave Teresa my phone number so she can call me to schedule a “Grad Check.”

I met with Teresa for my “Grad Check.”

Other things I need to do:
I am contacting faculty who have not yet written my evaluations.

I have asked someone—friend, family, professor, dog—to give me my diploma at commencement, and they have accepted.

If I have student loans, I have completed a Financial Aid Exit Interview.

Most Importantly:
I am done and now ready to relax!

Important: If you are waiting on evaluations from faculty, now is the time to nag them to write them. Your advisor will need evals from all your courses in order to write the best possible précis. You do have the option of writing your own evaluation for the course and then asking the faculty member to sign it. Teresa and the director will then be able to post that evaluation to your file.

We will deliver copies of your contract packet to all of your committee members. If you would like to advertise for your grad review, then just bring your poster to the Johnston office and we will copy it for you.

You will pass, we assume, contingent on completing work and taking care of any other issues with your contract. Remember that you will not have a degree until you complete all of your units, all of your stipulations, and all of your "paperwork" is completed. If you have any questions or concerns, please resolve them with your advisor as quickly as possible.