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Graduation & Commencement

Graduate and Commencement mark the successful completion of graduate studies. While both occur at the end of a graduate education, graduation and commencement are not synonymous.


Graduation is the completion of all degree requirements, as recorded on the official transcript, and the conferring of a diploma. All students wishing to graduate must complete the graduation requirements, apply for graduation and submit the appropriate paperwork. See the graduation checklist for details.


Commencement is a ceremony that recognizes graduate students for the completion of their master's, educational specialist and doctoral degrees. Commencement ceremonies held at the end of each fall and spring semester recognize and celebrate the achievements of graduating students. You must apply for graduation to participate in Commencement.

Graduation and Commencement timelines and deadlines

Commencement resources

Graduate resources