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Graduation and Commencement

Graduation Requirements

Any questions about your degree should be directed to your degree specialist: 

  • College of Human Ecology and College of Education - Lori Grelk
  • College of Arts & Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine - Angie Pfizenmaier 
  • Colleges of Agriculture, Architecture, Business Administration, Engineering, Master of Technology, Public Administration, Public Health and Fine Arts -Jamie Clark

Graduation & Commencement Deadline Calendar (PDF)

View the calendar for Fall 2016, Spring 2017 and Summer 2017 deadline information. Refer to the Graduation and ETDR Submission Checklists for step-by-step instructions for completing requirements by the deadlines for the semester you plan you to graduate. 
Graduation and Commencement Deadlines Session
The Graduate School is hosting a Graduation and Commencement Deadlines and Requirements Seminar on Thursday, Sept. 29 from 3-4 p.m. in K-State Student Union, room 206. Join us to talk through any questions you might have about the process for applying for graduation and commencement, the forms you must submit, etc. 

Graduation Dates

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.

Commencement Ceremonies

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

Receiving your diploma via express mail

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.


Graduation and ETDR Submission Checklists

At the beginning of the semester you intend to graduate, please refer to the Graduation and ETDR Submission Checklists as a guide. These guides will help you meet the deadlines and complete the requirements of the Graduate School.