Graduation and Commencement
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The university establishes dates that are considered official graduation dates for students completing all requirements for either the master's degree or the doctoral degree. Official diplomas issued by the Graduate School for the degree earned reflect the appropriate date of graduation.
The Graduate School recognizes graduates at one of two semi-annual university commencement ceremonies scheduled for May and December. Formal participation in a university commencement ceremony is reserved for those students who have satisfied all requirements for the degree. They must have submitted all materials, including signed copies of theses or dissertations and notification of intent to participate in the ceremony, to the Graduate School by the specified deadline dates.
Students who have earned this privilege may formally participate in the commencement ceremony, which includes being publicly recognized, and, in the case of doctoral students, being hooded by their major professors.
Students completing degree requirements after the deadline dates for a particular university commencement ceremony have passed will be invited to attend the ceremony in the following semester. These students should notify the Graduate School of their intent to attend so that proper arrangements can be made to include them in the ceremony. Such students will be listed in the next commencement program as having fulfilled requirements the previous semester.
Graduating International Students
eShipGlobal is a University Express Mail Service now available through the K-State Graduate School for mailing of international diplomas. Diplomas can now be mailed to an international address much faster and more reliably. Students must register and pay the delivery fees to eShipGlobal if they wish to use this service. If you would like to have your diploma mailed internationally with eShipGlobal, please review the service located at: https://study.eshipglobal.com/
Students must notify Graduate School of their decision to use eShipGlobal at the time they submit their ETDR and other required documents.