Graduation Deadlines: Cross your T’s and dot your I’s!

Guest Blog by Courtney Boykin, 3L at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

Welcome back!

Can you believe that we’re in the Spring semester of our 3L year? For some of us, that means we’re graduating in a few months.

Although we’re so close, there are still some classes and other graduation business in the way. Speaking of graduation business, have you applied to graduate? Have you checked your transcript? Have you made sure that everything is in order?

Maybe this seems like a silly topic to write about, but let me just speak from my recent experiences.

Early last week I happened to email one of my advisors just to ensure that everything course-related was up to speed. I am in the process of getting what my school calls a “health law certificate.” I was almost sure that I had completed or was VERY close to completing the certificate and I decided that I just wanted to make sure.


To my surprise, my advisor told me that I wasn’t on track to getting the certificate because I hadn’t taken a specific course. What?! I couldn’t believe it! I’d been so sure to check and re-check everything to make sure I took the requisite courses.

We’d already been in class for 2 days but I was determined to find a spot in the course. After emailing multiple professors, I found a spot and now am on track to completing the certificate.

While this issue only deals with a certificate and not my completion of the law program, I can’t imagine what would happen if I found out it affected a course I need for graduation purposes.

My advice to you, especially in the first few days of the semester, is to make sure your business is handled. Make sure you meet the graduation deadlines Make sure you apply to graduate BEFORE the deadline! Make sure every I is dotted and every T is crossed. Ask questions. Talk to your advisor.

Let’s make this process as smooooooth as possible!