Qualifications for Commencement Participation

Master’s Degrees

Master’s degree candidates who will complete their coursework and degree requirements by August 2025 are invited to participate in Commencement in May 2025.

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 2025 Commencement information from the Office of Special Events, you must complete the File Diploma Request process by:

November 1, 2024 for all December 2024 expected graduates.

March 1, 2025 for all May 2025, June 2025, and August 2025 expected graduates.

Doctoral Degrees

Doctoral degree recipients who earn their degrees in June 2024, August 2024, and December 2024 are eligible to participate in the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony and Commencement. Doctoral candidates who expect to earn their degrees in May 2025 MUST complete all their degree requirements (including submission of final dissertation and signed title page) by April 18, 2025.

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