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Office of Graduate Studies
124 White Hall
1600 Burrstone Road
Utica, NY 13502

(315) 792-3335
(315) 792-3170 (Fax)

Graduation Deadlines for Graduate Students




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).

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.


Spring 2015 Semester – for May Graduation



Students must be enrolled in the semester in which they plan to graduate.
 
Completed Phase III: Graduate Thesis/Capstone Project Final Approval Form and copies 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 22, 2015 (Latest First Day of Classes)

Thesis to Chair/Committee
- March 15

Application for Degree submitted by student
- March 15

Capstone Project to Chair/Committee
- April 1

RSVP for Commencement
- April 15 (April 1 for August graduates)

Completed Phase III: Graduate Thesis/Capstone Project Final Approval Form and copies to OGS
(This includes successful thesis defense and official submission to OGS)
- May 6, 2015 (Latest Last Day of Classes)

Comprehensive Exam and Portfolio Deadline – Comp Exam Completion Form to OGS
- May 15, 2015 (Latest Final Grades Due Date)

Approved Application for Degree to Registrar: May 17, 2015 (Graduation Date)

Date Degree Conferred (Graduation Date): May 17, 2015 – Graduate Commencement Ceremony is May 16, 2015

Clinicals/fieldwork completed and evaluative paperwork submitted to academic program
- June 17, 2015 (one month past graduation date)

Incomplete “I” Grade Must be Changed by – June 19, 2015 (6 weeks from Latest Final Grades Due)
 


Summer 2015 Semester - for August Graduation


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

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 August graduation date ($0 fee for 998; only Office of Graduate Studies can authorize placement in 998)
- May 26, 2015 (Latest First Day of Classes)

Thesis to Chair/Committee
- June 15

 Application for Degree submitted by student
- June 15

 Capstone Project to Chair/Committee
- July 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)
- Aug 23, 2015 (Latest Last Day of Classes)

Comprehensive Exam and Portfolio Deadline – Comp Exam Completion Form to OGS
- August 26, 2015 (Latest Final Grades Due Date)Approved Application for Degree to Registrar: August 28, 2015 (Graduation Date)

Date Degree Conferred (Graduation Date): August 28, 2015

Clinicals/fieldwork completed and evaluative paperwork submitted to academic program
- October 28, 2015 (one month past graduation date)

Incomplete "I" Grade Must be Changed by - October 17, 2015 (6 weeks from Latest Final Grades Due)