Academic Progress and Graduation

University Policy

School of Public Health Graduation Policy

To qualify for graduation at the School of Public Health, a degree candidate must have completed the degree requirements within the time frame specified for their degree program, must have no outstanding debt to Boston University, and must submit an Application for Graduation Form. Students in all degree programs must have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 and above and fulfill the minimum grade requirements as outlined in the SPH Grading Policy. Regardless of whether graduation requirements are completed, students will not officially graduate from the University without submitting a graduation application.

Boston University holds an All-University Commencement every May. University officials announce specific dates for commencement well in advance. The School of Public Health confers its degrees at its own commencement ceremony, also in May that coincides with the All-University Commencement. A reception for the graduates, faculty, and guests is held following the ceremony. September graduates are encouraged to participate in the May ceremony of their choice. January graduates may attend the ceremony held in May following their graduation. Details regarding the ceremony are mailed to all potential attendees in March.

Tentative graduates must enter their diploma name and address to which the diploma is to be mailed (if applicable) on the graduation website of the Student Link prior to the published deadline for that graduation period. Diplomas that are not granted during the May Commencement ceremony will be mailed to the address indicated by the graduate one month after the official graduation date.