Qualifications for Commencement Participation

Master’s Degrees

Master’s degree candidates who will complete their coursework and degree requirements by August 2024 are invited to participate in Commencement in May 2024.

It is the student’s responsibility to know and fulfill all degree requirements. Participation in Convocation and Commencement ceremonies does not indicate that degree requirements have been completed.

Graduating students must notify the University that they intend to graduate through the File Diploma Request process on MySlice. This process must be completed to ensure inclusion in the degree certification review process for receipt of commencement information and, once the degree is awarded, the diploma.

To receive timely May 2024 Commencement information from the Office of Special Events, you must complete the File Diploma Request process by:

November 1, 2023 for all December 2023 expected graduates.

March 1, 2024 for all May 2024, June 2024, and August 2024 expected graduates.

Doctoral Degrees

Doctoral degree recipients who earn their degrees in June 2023, August 2023, and December 2023 are eligible to participate in the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony and Commencement. Doctoral candidates who expect to earn their degrees in May 2024 MUST complete all their degree requirements (including submission of final dissertation and signed title page) by April 19, 2024.

Questions regarding the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony should be directed to the Graduate School at 315-443-4145.