Commencement Information

For information about Commencement, please visit

2021-2022 Graduation Paperwork Deadlines

Date of Graduation

Deadline for Submission of Online Diploma Application

Deadline for Submission of Application for Admission to Candidacy for Degree/Certificate and Thesis/Dissertation

October 2021

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Thursday, September 16, 2021

January 2022

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

May 2022

Tuesday, March 1, 2021

Monday, May 2nd (PhD Candidates Only)

Wednesday, May 4th (Masters Candidates)

Graduation Requirements By Degree

Students must fulfill the master’s degree requirements or the doctoral degree requirements prior to filing for graduation. Please note that students must be an “active” student to be eligible to apply for graduation. Select your degree type below for your graduation next steps.

Doctoral Candidate

Childhood Studies, Computational & Integrative Biology, Public Affairs

Master’s CJ/MPA Candidate

Master’s Capstone Candidate

Programs with Capstone Options include: Forensic Science, Liberal Studies

Master’s Thesis Candidate

Programs with Thesis Options include: Biology, Chemistry, Computational & Integrative Biology, Creative Writing, Criminal Justice, English, Mathematical Science, Psychology

Master’s Non-Thesis Candidate (Comprehensive examination & Writing Requirement)

Programs with Non-Thesis Options include: Computational & Integrative Biology, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, History, Mathematics, Psychology

Master’s Candidate (Course work only) 

Programs with writing requirement only: Biology, Chemistry, Childhood Studies, English, Executive Public Administration, Public Administration, Public Affairs, Teacher Education, Teaching Spanish

Master’s Certificate Candidate

Teacher of Students with Disabilities, P-12, Data Science, Public History