At the commencement ceremony, students will cross the stage to receive a diploma cover only, not their actual diploma. Given the time limitations associated with commencement, the actual awarding of a degree by the University in all cases is subject to verification by the Registrar or Graduate Offices that all requirements for your degree have been satisfied. Since verification cannot be accomplished until after commencement, exercises are to be considered as ceremonial only. The honors listing for undergraduate students in the commencement program is based on the previous semester's GPA. The University will notify graduates when diplomas become available.