Graduation and Commencement

Applying for Graduation

Students should begin the graduation process at least two terms prior to the term in which they expect to complete their degree requirements. The first step in this process is the submission of the application for graduation.  The Graduation Guide is a resource serving as a timeline outlining the necessary steps to receive your degree.

Graduation Application

Graduation Application  Students should select the form below that corresponds with their first term at AOMA. To complete this form, students may obtain an unofficial copy of their transcript from the registrar or their student portal. Once a student submits their application for graduation, the registrar will complete an audit of the student’s didactic and clinical records to determine what is remaining to complete all requirements for their degree. Payment of the graduation fee should occur with the Finance Office prior to submission of this form to the registrar.

Graduation Application - Summer 08 thru Spring 10

Graduation Application - Summer 10 thru Spring 11

Graduation Application - Summer 11 thru Spring 14

Graduation Application - Converts to the Summer 11 Curriculum

Additional Requirements

In addition to the didactic and clinical instruction, there are exams and multiple forms that must be submitted in order for the registrar to grant your degree.

Examinations  Students should be aware that they must complete both a final written and practical examination as part of their degree requirements.

The dates for upcoming exams are:
Winter 15: Feb 22 practical exam and March 21 written exam
Spring 15: May 31 practical exam and June 27 written exam

Students may register for these exams during registration each term, or by contacting the registrar. Once registered, students will be able to review study guides and other information regarding these exams via their student portal.

Clinical Checklist of Procedures & Skills (based on first term of clinical internship rotations)

Pre Summer 2011: Checklist of Procedures and Skills
Summer 2011 to Summer 2013: Checklist of Procedures and Skills
Fall 2013 + : Clinical checklist required are Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, and Herbal

Required Paperwork:  In addition to the application for graduation, each student must complete the Graduation Certification form and Exit Survey within their final month of studies.

The Graduation Certification form requires the following:

  • An exit interview completed with Donna Hurta or Will Morris. Please contact either individual directly to schedule.
  • Exit counseling with the Financial Aid office, if applicable.
  • Satisfaction of financial obligations with the Finance Office.
  • All items returned to the library.
  • Submission of completed form to the Registrar.

The Exit Survey will be placed in your student box during your final term; if you do not receive it, please contact Cara Edmond, Director of Continuing Education and Institutional Effectiveness, or the registrar.


Upon successful completion of all graduation requirements as verified by the registrar, diplomas will be released to graduates usually within two weeks of their graduation date. Graduates will receive notification that diplomas are available via email.

For any reason that a duplicate diploma is needed, the Replacement Diploma Request must be completed and submitted with the fee. Please be aware that, due to potential changes in staffing, replacement diploma signatures may not match those on your original document.


Each year, AOMA celebrates the graduation of 30 - 45 students with commencement exercises held in Austin, TX.  The ceremony is open to family and friends, and a prominent member of the acupuncture or Austin business community welcomes the new practitioners into their profession. Graduates also enjoy the opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of their faculty members and are able to present the Calvin Key Wilson Community Leadership Award to a peer member of the AOMA student body. To complete the ceremony, graduates repeat the Healer’s Oath (below) to signify their initiation as practitioners of Chinese medicine.

The Healer's Oath (adapted from the Hippocratic Oath)

I stand before family and colleagues, solemnly dedicating my life to the art of healing.  In this commitment, I will do no harm. I honor my patients and face them with compassion, honesty, and integrity. I honor the source of this medicine. I honor my own health. I will practice this medicine with humility, conscience, and dignity. I will pursue life-long study.

Commencement 2015

Sunday, September 13, 2015
Omni Southpark
4140 Governors Row
Austin, Texas 78744

Contact Cara Edmond about the commencement ceremony.