Graduation is not automatic upon completion of your degree requirements!
Applying for graduation
You must declare your intention to graduate by filing an Application for Graduation with an Advanced Degree. The application is due 3-6 months before the official diploma date. Application deadlines are posted on the Academic Calendar and on the Graduate Affairs homepage.
Applications are submitted through your WebPortal account, and a $55 fee* is required (fee is increasing to $100* effective Fall 2019). If you do not have access to the form online, please contact the Graduate Affairs office for a paper application. If you do not graduate in the term that you applied for, you must reapply in a future term with a new fee payment. If you have missed the deadline for graduation applications, visit the Graduate Affairs office to determine whether it is possible to petition for a late application.
(*fee is subject to change).
Commencement ceremonies are held each year at the end of the spring semester for students completing degrees in the spring and summer terms, or the fall of the previous calendar year. Details regarding commencement are mailed to the prospective participants in March from their department, and are available on the commencement website.
Diplomas are mailed out 8-10 weeks after the date of graduation. It is the student's responsibility to provide the correct address through their WebPortal.
**NOTE: You have 2-3 addresses on file with the University: mailing, permanent and foreign (if applicable). Please log into your WebPortal and verify that all of these (especially the mailing address) are current.