Graduating this winter? Make sure you hit every step

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Sunday, August 23rd, 2020 at 11:24 AM
Graduating this winter? Make sure you hit every step by Aaron Pilgrim

Completing your college journey should feel like a dream come true, but if you wait until the last minute to start the process, it can turn into a nightmare. Following these steps, per, will make for a smooth transition into post-grad life.

Step 1) “Verify completion of graduation requirements with your advisor.”

Stop by (virtually), see your academic advisor and make sure you’re not missing any needed classes.   

Step 2)  “Apply for Graduation.”  

You can apply for graduation through My Edinboro. The deadline is the “end of the second week of school for the respective semester/session in which you intend to graduate.” For example, if you intend to graduate in December 2020, your deadline is this week. If Edinboro receives an application after this date, it can come with a $100 fine.  

Step 3) “Take care of existing financial holds.” 

Check your current holds on SCOTS. These can be unpaid tuition fees, unpaid parking tickets and more. Simply put, according to, “A financial hold on a student account generally means that you have something missing or have not taken care of your school bill.”  

Step 4) “Complete your Perkins Loan exit interview.” 

If you have a Perkins loan, head here for your exit interview. A loan exit interview often details the payment responsibilities you’ll have following school and more. 

Step 5) “Export your Edinboro (EU) email.” 

Need to keep any of your Edinboro-era emails? You’ll need to save them (click here), or you’ll lose them after 120 days.   

Step 6) “Export your files from EU One Drive.”  

Need to keep any of your Edinboro-era documents and assignments? Once again, make sure you save them.  

Step 7) “Attend the Graduation Fair.”  

Take part in the school’s graduation fair, in which you’ll be able to secure the cap and gown, do any other needed financial aid exit counseling, get your tickets and more.  

Step 8) “Attend the Commencement Ceremony.” 

You can find all the information on the ceremony itself, here.   

Aaron Pilgrim is a staff writer for The Spectator. He can be reached at

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