Qualifications for Commencement Participation

Master’s Degrees

Master’s degree candidates who will complete their coursework and degree requirements by August 2021 are invited to participate in Commencement in May 2021.

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 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 and for receipt of commencement information and, once the degree is awarded, the diploma.

In order to receive timely May 2021 Commencement information from the Office of Special Events, you must complete the File Diploma Request process by: December 2020 expected graduates, file your diploma request by November 1, 2020.

May 2021, July 2021, and August 2021 expected graduates, file your diploma request by March 1, 2021.

Doctoral Degrees

Doctoral degree recipients who earn their degrees in June 2020, August 2020, and December 2020 are eligible to participate in the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony and Commencement. Doctoral candidates who expect to earn their degrees in May 2021 MUST complete all their degree requirements (including submission of final dissertation and signed title page) by April 30, 2021.

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