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Graduation Checklist

For all International Student Graduates

Final Semester Checklist

University Obligations

  • Have you confirmed your application with the Office of the Registrar?
  • Have you scheduled check-out from the Hale or TVA? ​
  • J-1 students: Have you completed the IWORK Exit? ​
  • Have you cleared all encumbrances to receive your diploma? 
  • Do you have a plan set to close your financial accounts (ie. bank accounts, etc.)? ​

Post-Graduation Plans

  • Are you planning to go to graduate school? Have you been accepted? ​
  • If so, have you requested your SEVIS record to be transferred? ​
  • Are you pursuing AT or OPT after graduation? ​
  • If so, are you actively searching for a job offer that relates to your major? 

Travel Checklist

  • Complete your travel request form one month prior to graduation.​
  • Do you have all documents required for travel?​
  • Are you aware of COVID-19 test requirements for travel? ​

Final Semester Surveys

Graduate Survey​

Required by the Office of the Registrar, this survey must be completed in order to receive your diploma or transcripts. ​

ISS Exit Survey ​

Required by ISS, this survey will be sent to you and must be completed two weeks prior to graduation in order to close out your program by the end of the semester.​

Additional Final Semester Reminders


  • Update your contact information with the Office of the Registrar.
  • Confirm that your graduation application was received.


  • Make arrangements to close your accounts (e.g., banking).
  • Update your contact information with accounts you keep open.


  • Follow through with the forwarding process at the Mail Center.
  • E-mail subscriptions: unsubscribe or subscribe.


  • Update your contact information with your employer.
  • Inform your employer of your last day of work.


  • Familiarize yourself with the transcript process.
  • Diplomas and transcripts will not be released if you have a hold.


  • Respond to alumni invitations from Ho’okele.
  • Clear any fines or holds on your student account.


  • Submit your travel request to ISS to claim IPF.
  • Review and approve itinerary from Travel Services.
  • Understand airline regulations and cost on baggage.
  • Arrange transportation to the airport.
  • Be aware of COVID-19 testing requirements by the airlines and your country.
  • Make sure your passport is valid.


  • Continue to maintain status even through your grace period.
  • Do not overstay in the U.S.; Avoid accrual of unlawful presence.
  • Continue medical insurance coverage after you graduate, as medical expenses in the U.S. can be very costly.
  • Tax obligations are still required even after leaving the U.S.
  • Do not engage in unauthorized employment.