To be considered a candidate for the completion of a graduate degree, graduate certificate, or graduate minor, you must complete all necessary paperwork as well as the Application for Completion of Degrees, Certificates and Minors by the posted deadlines. Failure to meet the deadlines will result in the delay or postponement of your graduation.
|Fall 2017||Spring 2018||Summer 2018||Fall 2018||Spring 2019|
|Application Open||July 24, 2017 –|
October 13, 2017
|December 18, 2017 –|
February 16, 2018
|December 18, 2017 – February 16, 2018||July 23, 2018 –|
October 12, 2018
|December 21, 2018- February 22, 2019|
|RSVP Open||July 24, 2017 –|
November 30, 2017
|January 29, 2018 –|
April 20, 2018
Commencement Participation Policies
July 23, 2018 – November 30, 2018
January 22, 2019 –
|M3/S3/D4 Due||December 1, 2017||April 27, 2018||July 20, 2018||November 30, 2018||May 3, 2019|
|Thesis/Dissertation Due||December 8. 2017||May 4, 2018||July 20, 2018||December 7, 2018||May 10, 2019|
|Commencement||Friday, December 15th|
in The Hearnes Center at 1 pm
Sunday, May 13th in
6:30: Doctoral Hooding
|*See Commencement Participation Policies|
Friday, December 14th
in The Hearnes Center at 7:30pm
Specific Dates and Times TBA
The online application for graduation is available six weeks before the first week of classes each semester. It must be completed in order for a student to be considered a candidate for graduation at the end of that term. Fill out the Application for Completion of Degrees, Certificates and Minors.
Before you apply for graduation, you must already have an approved plan of study on file with the Office of Graduate Studies. Failure to file a plan of study may mean a delay of graduation. Consult with your program to confirm that your plan of study is on file.
If you do not graduate at the end of the term you for which apply for graduation and you plan to register for another semester of classes you must:
Check with your academic program to make sure all of your paperwork has been submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies for graduation. See the graduation requirements for master’s, doctoral and educational specialist student.
Students writing a thesis or dissertation must submit to the Office of Graduate Studies by the semester deadline:
Please consult the Guidelines for Preparing a Thesis or Dissertation for formatting and submission requirements.
The name on your transcript and diploma will be the same as is listed in the University’s database through myZou.
Once your degree or graduate certificate has been awarded, the following additional information is printed to your official transcript approximately 14-18 days after the close of the semester:
If you want to order a transcript that includes your degree or graduate certificate, please indicate on your request that you want to your transcript to be held until your final grades and degree are posted.
Your diploma will be mailed to your permanent address approximately 12-14 weeks after graduation. To ensure delivery of your diploma, any address changes must be made on or before the last day of the semester. Corrections can be made on myZou or at the Office of Graduate Studies, 210 Jesse Hall. Address changes cannot be made over the phone.
For additional diploma questions and information, please send an email to: email@example.com
“Commencement” is the ceremony that recognizes graduate students for the completion of their master’s, educational specialist and doctoral degrees.Learn More about Commencement