Applying to Graduate

  • To become a candidate for graduation and to participate in commencement exercises, a student must file an application for graduation with the Office of the Registrar. 
  • Instructions for Undergraduate and Master degree students are sent via email mid-September (for Fall and Winter candidates) and mid-February for May and August candidates. The online forms are located on connect.oldwestbury.edu under “Registration” and “Forms”:

Screenshot of connect ow portal menu system with an arrow pointing at registration

On the bottom right of the page, select the appropriate link under “Forms”:

Screenshot of a block of content, with heading "forms" and has two links, master's degree graduation application and undergraduate application.

  • Students are urged to review their degree audit reports often to make sure they are making progress towards their degree. 
  • To view the DegreeWorks worksheet, please login to connect.oldwestbury.edu, select “Academics” and the Degree Audit (DGW) icon:

 Screenshot of connect ow interface under academics. It has five icons in this order: academic transcript (unofficial), request transcript (official), enrollment verification, course catalog, course schedule, degree audit (DGW)

Select campus: Old Westbury

  • For questions, or concerns regarding degree requirements, please schedule an appointment with an academic advisor in the department of major for guidance.

Important Note:

  • There are four graduation terms (December, January, May and August) but only one commencement ceremony in May. December and January graduates and candidates for May and August may participate in the commencement ceremony. Example: Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 graduates, and Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 candidates may participate in the May 2020 commencement ceremony.
  • Participating in the commencement ceremony does not denote degree completion for graduation.
  • Names of candidates for whom applications are accepted after the application deadline will not appear in the commencement program.
  • The graduation application deadlines are typically early October for December and January candidates and early March for May and August candidates. The exact dates are listed in the college academic calendar and the semester Important Dates, Deadlines and General Information, which are posted on the campus WEB site.  

For questions or concerns about the graduation application process, please contact Degree Audit via: gradapp [at] oldwestbury.edu