Graduation and Commencement

Students should consider the Graduate School’s website their primary source of information regarding Graduation and Commencement.

Application for Graduation

All students must apply to graduate through the Graduate School in order to be awarded their degrees. Due to Commencement preparations, students planning to graduate in May (the majority of English M.A. students) must complete their applications by February 1. 

Students graduating in August or December must apply by the first business day of the month they wish to graduate.


Please review the Commencement section of the Graduate School’s website for the Commencement schedule, information about purchasing academic regalia, and other instructions for participating in the ceremony.

Visit the Graduate School’s website about degree posting, diplomas and transcripts to learn more about the degree posting timeline and how your diploma will be issued to you.