Graduation Deadlines

Graduation Deadlines for Graduate Students


For more information on graduation, the process, and requirements see Getting to Graduation.

Clarification: Graduation versus Commencement



Utica College confers degrees three times a year with graduation dates in August, December, and May. Graduation means you’ve completed your degree requirements and can receive your diploma. There are three components to completing graduate degree requirements at Utica College: (1) successfully completing the required courses, (2) having a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater, and (3) successfully completing a Culminating Academic Experience (e.g., thesis, capstone project, comprehensive exam, portfolio/dossier).

* For a description of the different Culminating Academic Experiences and a breakdown by program see the Culminating Academic Experience Overview page. Programs which are noted on the chart as completing a thesis or capstone project must submit the Phase forms and follow the ETD submission process.

Everyone MUST Apply for Degree by the deadline in order to graduate and receive a diploma. When you Apply for Degree, you should select your graduation date based on the semester in which you anticipate completing ALL of your degree requirements. You only need to Apply for Degree once, but if your anticipated graduation date changes, you will need to Apply for Degree again for the new graduation date (you will not be charged the graduation fee again).

Commencement is a ceremony celebrating our graduates, which happens once a year in May, and participation is optional. Applying for Degree does not obligate you to participate in Commencement. Alternatively, attending Commencement does not guarantee you will receive your diploma. August graduates have the option of choosing which Commencement Ceremony in which they would like to participate – the May before or the May after graduating. More information is available at utica.edu/commencement.

The Graduate Commencement Ceremony will be held on May 6, 2018 at the Adirondack Bank Center at the Utica Memorial Auditorium at 9:00am. More information is available on the Commencement webpage utica.edu/commencement.


Fall 2017 Semester – for December Graduation


Students must be enrolled in the semester in which they plan to graduate.

**Prior to dropping or withdrawing from a course, please consult with a Student Financial Services Counselor.
 
Completed Phase III: Graduate Thesis/Capstone Project Final Approval Form and submission to OGS where registration for 998 Student Enrollment in this semester is required for December graduation date ($0 fee for 998; only Office of Graduate Studies can authorize placement in 998)
- August 28

Thesis to Chair/Committee
- October 15

Application for Degree submitted by student
- October 15

Capstone Project to Chair/Committee
- November 1

Completed Phase III: Graduate Thesis/Capstone Project Final Approval Form and submission to OGS (This includes successful thesis defense and official submission to OGS)
- December 17

Comprehensive Exam and Portfolio Deadline – Comp Exam Completion Form to OGS
- December 20

Approved Application for Degree to Registrar: December 31, 2017

Date Degree Conferred (Graduation Date): December 31, 2017

Clinicals/fieldwork completed and evaluative paperwork submitted to academic program
- January 31, 2017
 
**Prior to dropping or withdrawing from a course, please consult with a Student Financial Services Counselor

Spring 2018 Semester – for May Graduation


Students must be enrolled in the semester in which they plan to graduate.

**Prior to dropping or withdrawing from a course, please consult with a Student Financial Services Counselor.
 
Completed Phase III: Graduate Thesis/Capstone Project Final Approval Form and submission to OGS where registration for 998 Student Enrollment in this semester is required for May graduation date ($0 fee for 998; only Office of Graduate Studies can authorize placement in 998)
- January 15

Thesis to Chair/Committee
- March 15

Capstone Project to Chair/Committee
- March 15

Application for Degree submitted by student
- March 15

RSVP for Commencement
- March 15

Completed Phase III: Graduate Thesis/Capstone Project Final Approval Form and submission to OGS (This includes successful thesis defense and official submission to OGS)
- May 4

Comprehensive Exam and Portfolio Deadline – Comp Exam Completion Form to OGS
- May 9

Approved Application for Degree to Registrar: May 6, 2018

Date Degree Conferred (Graduation Date): May 6, 2018

Clinicals/fieldwork completed and evaluative paperwork submitted to academic program
- June 6, 2018
 
 
 

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