Academic Progress and Graduation

University Policy

Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Policy

Academic Status, Probation, Progress

A student with an outstanding balance due the Student Accounting Services office will not receive a grade report, transcript, or diploma until payment has been made.


Degrees are awarded in September, January, and May. Commencement exercises are held in May only. Students planning to receive their degrees at the May commencement must submit diploma applications by February 1. Students must submit diploma applications by July 1 for September graduation and by November 1 for January graduation. Students in approved dual degree programs must file separate diploma applications with each school. The diploma application is valid only for the graduation date specified; a new application must be filed if the student does not graduate as planned. Diploma applications and copies of the Graduate School Arts & Sciences (GRS) regulations on the preparation of theses and dissertations are available in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences office at 705 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 112, and on the GRS website. In order to graduate, documentation of previous degrees must be on file in the GRS Office.