Graduation and Commencement

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.

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.

Graduation and Commencement Checklists

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 Health and Human Sciences and College of Education - Jamie Clark

  • College of Arts and Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine - Angie Pfizenmaier

  • Colleges of Agriculture, Architecture, Business Administration, and Engineering; and Master of Technology, Public Administration, Public Health, and Fine Arts - Stephanie Wacker

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.

Receiving your final transcript and diploma

In the semester you plan to graduate, it is important to be familiar with deadlines and procedures for receiving your transcript with final grades and for having your diploma mailed to the correct address. There also are special instructions to follow to receive your diploma at an international address.

Transcript and diploma instructions