January 28, 2019

From the Registrar

There has been a change to the online application for graduation. Students who have a "CO" (collections) hold on their account will not be able to submit their graduation application online. When a student with a "CO" hold attempts to use the online application process, the following message will appear: 

"You are unable to submit your application for graduation due to a hold on your account. Please contact the Registrar's Office at (269) 387-4300 to obtain a paper application."

Students will be able to complete a paper application (available in the Registrar's Office) and pay the $55 graduation fee at the time they turn in the application. They will not be permitted to put the fee on their student account. 

This change was made to comply with the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA), which states that additional changes cannot be added to an account once it is in collections.  

April commencement

The commencement ceremonies have been set for April 27, 2019, and will be held in Miller Auditorium. The times are as follows: 

9 a.m. 

  • College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • College of Health and Human Services


  • Haworth College of Business
  • Extended University Programs

3 p.m.

  • College of Education and Human Development
  • College of Fine Arts

6 p.m.

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Aviation

For additional information, please visit the commencement website.  

Summer 2019 courses

The summer I and summer II 2019 course offerings are now available to view. 

There are two ways to view available courses: 

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Pro Tip

If you see a "query mode only" message . . .

If you see a "query mode only" message in a Banner page you should be able to make entries to, try exiting to the menu or logging off and relaunching the application. 

Important: When you exit the application, always click Sign Out at the top of the page and then close the browser. 

Question from the field

How do I perform a query on a section of data? 

Use the Filter to perform a query on a section of data, if the button is active for the section. You can define the fields you wish to query.  

When the results for a field can be sorted, an up or down arrow is displayed to the right of the field name. The arrow indicates the current sort order for the field. You can reverse the order of the sort by clicking on the field label/column header. 

For instance, if you want to see specific classes a student has taken, enter SHACRSE. From there, you can either filter to view only the classes you wish to view - or you can sort the "subject" column by clicking the column header.   

Jessica Pickett

Jessica began her career in the Registrar’s Office in September of 2016 as an Office Assistant in the records area. She was responsible for answering the phone to assist with a myriad of questions regarding add/drops, registration, transcripts and general questions. She also assisted students who visited the customer service counter. 

She accepted the position of Administrative Assistant for Graduation Auditing in December 2017. On any given day, she assists students and advisors regarding the graduation audit process, assigns graduation audits to the auditors, changes graduation dates for students and answers questions about commencement and diplomas.

In her spare time, Jessica volunteers as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters. She also enjoys painting and spending time with her family. Additionally, she is currently studying Criminal Justice and hopes to earn her bachelor's degree soon. 

Jessica grew up in Plainwell - home of Southwest Michigan's best ice cream - Plainwell Ice Cream Company. Her favorite flavors? Cotton Candy and Island City Fudge.



28 – Summer 2019 courses open for viewing


1 – Last day to receive a 50% tuition refund for a complete withdrawal*; Last day to apply for graduation for summer 2019

11 – Summer 2019 registration begins

18 – Fall 2019 courses open for viewing 


1 – Last day to receive a 25% tuition refund for a complete withdrawal*; Spirit Day – No classes (University is open during normal business hours)

4-8 – Spring Recess – No classes (University is open during normal business hours)

11 – Midterm grades are due; Fall 2019 registration begins

18 – Final day to withdraw from spring classes


22-25 – Final exam week

27 – Semester ends; commencement

30 – Final grades are due at noon. 

 *Complete withdrawal means withdrawing from all of your classes. A partial withdrawal is withdrawing from one or more classes, but not all of them.