Commencement exercises are held once a year at the close of spring term for all students who have completed degree requirements within the past academic year. Students who lack no more than one course to complete graduation requirements and have a plan to complete that course are invited to participate in the ceremonies. However, the degree will not be awarded until all graduation requirements are met. In rare circumstances, students with more than one course left may petition the registrar’s office to participate by submitting a plan outlining completion within the next semester. The actual degree will be awarded when all graduation requirements are met. Requirements for a degree may be completed during any term. The official graduation date is the date that the last requirement is met. For students who complete degree requirements by transferring work back to Hesston College from another institution, the graduation date is the date that the registrar receives the transcript.