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

(315) 792-3335
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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.
 


Fall 2014 Semester – for December Graduation

 *note these deadlines are still in the process of being updated.  Please check back for the most up-to-date information.

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 December graduation date ($0 fee for 998; only Office of Graduate Studies can authorize placement in 998)
- August 26, 2014 (Latest First Day of Classes)
 
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
- December 14, 2014 (Latest Last Day of Classes)
 
Comprehensive Exam and Portfolio Deadline – Comp Exam Completion Form to OGS
- December 22, 2014 (Latest Final Grades Due Date)
 
Date Degree Conferred (Graduation Date): December 29, 2014 (Graduation Date)
 
Clinics/fieldwork completed and evaluative paperwork submitted to academic program
- January 29, 2015 (one month past graduation date)
 
Incomplete “I” Grade Must be Changed by – February 2, 2015 (6 weeks from Latest Final Grades Due)


Spring 2015 Semester – for May Graduation

*note these deadlines are still in the process of being updated.  Please check back for the most up-to-date information.



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
- May 6, 2015 (Latest Last Day of Classes)

Comprehensive Exam and Portfolio Deadline – Comp Exam Completion Form to OGS
- TBD (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 – TBD (6 weeks from Latest Final Grades Due)