Graduation involves two parts: graduation (required) and commencement
Graduation (required) occurs each quarter and involves an official audit ensuring that all aspects of a student's degree program are satisfactorily fulfilled according to requirements outlined in the respective program guidebook. Upon verification of complete degree requirements, the university dates and confers the degree via the official university transcript and issues an official university diploma - sent by mail to each graduate. See steps below.
Commencement occurs each June as a ceremony designed to acknowledge the accomplishment of students' programs of study for the current academic year (fall through summer). As such, and to maximize the meaningfulness of the occasion for its participants, the faculty recommend that students who wish to participate in the ceremony do so after their degrees are conferred (i.e. conferred during the prior fall or winter) or if their degree requirements are fully expected to be completed during the spring quarter containing the June ceremony or the summer quarter immediately following. Note: For a student's name to appear in the commencement program booklet, one's degree must be conferred during the prior fall or winter or one must apply for degree conferral no later than Feb. 1.
To ensure readiness to graduate, students are advised to consult and complete these steps:
1. Plan ahead.
Regularly review, monitor and self-manage your degree program by reviewing your Degree Progress Report (DPR) and consulting with your faculty mentor. For information regarding the DPR, see Records & Reports.
2. Apply for graduation.
Login to Campus Connection. Go to Self Service>Degree Progress/Graduation>Apply for Graduation. Deadlines: Feb. 1 for spring; July 15 for summer; Oct. 1 for fall; Jan. 15 for winter. Note: In the event that you apply for graduation for a particular quarter and fail to graduate as planned, you must edit your application for graduation, changing your new intended completion date, and resubmit it.
3. Revisit graduation review (MAAPS only)..
5. Complete degree components.
Complete degree components according to program requirements (including, for MAAPS students, the Narrative Transcript) and according to deadlines posted in the applicable program handbook and/or Graduate Quarterly Registration Bulletin for the term in which you are seeking to graduate.
6. Order cap/gown for June commencement ceremony (optional).
Commencement is symbolic and optional. If you want to participate in the June ceremony, order a cap and gown.
7. Participate in June commencement ceremony (optional).
The university's commencement ceremony is held once a year in June for graduates from the previous summer, fall, winter and spring quarters. Only students who have completed all degree requirements by the end of spring quarter are to participate in the ceremony. For specific dates per academic year, see Academic Calendar.
8. Await delivery of university diploma finalizing degree conferral.
Upon successful completion of the degree conferral process, Student Records confers degrees within 30 days of the end of the quarter. A diploma is mailed to each graduate within 6-8 weeks of the end of the quarter, provided there is no financial hold on a student's account.