Final Statement

When you’re ready to graduate, you’ll submit a Final Statement that acts as a synopsis for the coursework you've done and the evaluations in your transcript.

Your Final Statement clarifies your educational choices for an outside audience. It will feature prominently in your transcript. It introduces your narrative evaluations—the bulk of your transcript—and gives you a chance to explain your education as a whole.

When Your Statement Is Due

Your Final Statement is a graduation requirement if you are an undergraduate student admitted or re-admitted for fall quarter 2013 or later.


A visualization of the Final Academic Statement deadlines

The final Academic Statement must be submitted by the last day of your final quarter in order to graduate.

For graduation during the 2022-23 school year, you must submit your Final Statement by the following dates:

  • Fall Quarter: Friday, December 16, 2022
  • Winter Quarter: Friday, March 24, 2023
  • Spring Quarter: Friday, June 16, 2023
  • Summer Quarter: Friday, September 8, 2023

If you miss the deadline, you will not be able to graduate that quarter. We recommend turning it in earlier in your last quarter, so you don’t have to worry about it.

How to Turn In Your Statement

To turn in your Final Statement to your transcript:

  • Login at My Evergreen
  • Select “Academic Statement”
  • Click the title of your Academic Statement
  • On the right side, click the “Graduation” button
  • Confirm that you understand the warning
  • Click “Turn In”

What Goes In Your Final Statement

Once submitted, your Final Statement is permanently added to your transcript and cannot be edited after the deadline. Think about the kinds of information you want to share and the audience that will be reading it, such as graduate schools or employers.

You’re not just writing your Final Statement for you, but for anyone who may read your transcript in the future. Make sure that it has a general purpose and audience in mind and is clear to someone who may not have an understanding of Evergreen’s unique structure or its programs.

Remember, your final academic statement is a permanent part of your transcript. We highly recommend you only include information that you would want seen by outside audiences, such as graduate school admissions boards or future employers. Once you submit the final draft to your transcript, you cannot revise it further.

“This process squeezed the bulk of my education into a little bite-sized thumbnail perspective. It’s somewhat surreal (in a good way) to look back and see all of those accomplishments summarized in 750 words.”

Your Final Statement should:

  • Draw connections between the course work you have chosen
  • Summarize your educational choices
  • Highlight what you have learned
  • Be 750 words or less

More Prompts

Before submitting your Final Statement, you may want to read this Review Checklist to see what may be missing from your draft. See a Example Final Statement (Word).

Additional Support

Find more support materials at the Writing Center’s Handouts & Links page, including:

  • Examples of Final Academic Statements
  • Video, audio, and slideshow files from the Academic Statement workshop given by Ariel Birks and Luis Apolaya Torres on April 22, 2020 
  • Prompts and questions to inspire your reflective writing
  • Further information contextualizing Academic Statements and Evaluations​
  • Guidance about who at Evergreen you can reach out to for help with your Academic Statement
  • Links to drop-in meetings and open hours for one-on-one appointments with tutors from the Writing Center