Graduation and Commencement
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.
Refer to the Graduation and Commencement Checklists for step-by-step instructions for completing requirements by the deadlines for the semester you plan to graduate.
Check Your Degree Progress
Graduate students who have questions about their degree progress should email their respective degree specialist to request a graduation check:
- College of Arts and Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine - Angie Pfizenmaier
- College of Health and Human Sciences and College of Education - Stephanie Wacker
- Colleges of Agriculture, Architecture, Business Administration, and Engineering; and Master of Technology, Public Administration, Public Health, and Fine Arts - contact Angie Pfizenmaier or Stephanie Wacker
The Graduate School recognizes graduates at one of two semi-annual university commencement ceremonies scheduled for May and December. Students who have satisfied all requirements for the degree 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. Such students will be listed in the next commencement program as having fulfilled requirements the previous semester.
Please visit the university's commencement website for full information about commencement. Questions about event logistics, student registration, and guest tickets should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.