It’s amazing what process a simple undergraduate application goes through. I, unfortunately, have had the chance to find out the exact process that mine has had to go through since the registrar is insisting that it wound up never ending where it was supposed to (ie, the registrar’s office). It first starts out at Charger Central where I fill out the simple form and pay my $20 so that I can graduate. It is then sent up to the registrar’s office where they apparently do nothing with it, other than send it on to its next destination.
The next destination happens to be the ECE department in the College of Engineering. From there, the assistant chair looks at my application, determines if I have met my requirements or not and then gets the chair to sign it. Once it’s received its second signature (the first having been mine when I filled it out), it moves on to the Mathematics department where the chair there reviews my application for a mathematics minor. He then signs it and it gets sent back to the College of Engineering. This time, though, the dean gets to look over it and sign it. Once the dean has signed my application and the application has received it’s fourth signature, it is sent to the advising office for the College of Engineering where they copy it, send a copy to me, keep a copy for their records and then send it back to the Records/Registrar office.
There, it is supposed to be kept on file for my graduation, so that I can receive the appropriate degree and such. Sadly, this was apparently not the fate chosen for my application. Instead, my application went *poof* between the advising office and the registrar’s office. So, tomorrow morning, I get to take the copy of my application that I have on record to the registrar’s office and prove that I really do have all of the proper signatures, etc. to graduate with. The joys I get to go through just to get a lousy piece of paper.
Update: So, I was looking through my UAH files last night, finding my graduation application that I know my advisor’s office had sent me. Sure enough, I also found a letter from the registrar’s office confirming that they’d received my graduation application. Both that letter and my copy of the signed application will be making it’s way down to the inept registrar’s office today.
Update 2: Yesterday afternoon, I took my gathered paperwork down to the registrar’s office (aka Charger Central). Thankfully, Ben was there. Ben is Margaret’s older brother. He’s taken care of me whenever I have problems with UAH. I mentioned my problem and he goes, “That can’t be. I saw your paperwork and took care of it myself. Your application has already been processed and is ready to go.” Kick ass. It’s great having connections in important departments. So, the end of this story is that everything is still lined up and I am chalked up to graduate provided that I pass all of my classes (no, this is not a problem).