Students should be aware of graduation requirements early in pursuit of master's and doctoral work. All students are required to apply in advance to graduate. Do this by completing the graduation application in the Student Information System (SIS).

Select your degree for detailed steps to completion:

Students who fail to meet the established deadlines must reapply to graduate. Do this by submitting another application. Adhere to deadline dates, check the calendar. The deadlines posted are firm.


For those attending commencement, we highly recommend that you become familiar with the information available via the commencement site. The School of Graduate Studies section gives a comprehensive outline of the day's events.

Have questions about the Commencement ceremony? Live Chat is now available to assist graduate students with inquiries relating to the ceremony. Our communication manager is typically available Monday though Friday from 9:00am to 12:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm Eastern Standard Time (EST). If we are available to chat, a chat bubble will pop up in the lower right corner of this screen.


Spring graduates will receive their diploma at commencement. If you are unable to participate in the commencement ceremony, spring diplomas can be picked up the following business day. For summer and fall graduates, diplomas will be available at the School of Graduate Studies office in Tomlinson Hall on the date degrees are awarded. These dates are posted on our calendar.

The university holds diplomas and final transcripts until all financial obligations are met. These must be cleared at least one week before graduation.

Students who want a representative to pick up their diploma are required to send the School of Graduate Studies a request via email including the name of the representative. That representative should bring photo identification when picking up the diploma. Complete the Diploma Mailing Process if you would prefer to have your diploma mailed to you.

Diploma Mailing Costs

U.S. Addresses $18
Canada $30
Other International $38