Graduation Deadlines

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 2016 Semester – for December Graduation


Students must be enrolled in the semester in which they plan to graduate.
 
Students who anticipated a summer term graduation but did not complete all CAE requirements but do have them completed with all required submissions to OGS by the date below may be eligible for UCC 998 - Student Enrollment ($0 fee for 998; only Office of Graduate Studies can authorize placement in 998)
- August 29 (Latest First Day of Classes)

Thesis to Chair/Committee
- October 15

Application for Degree submitted by student
- October 15

Capstone Project Thesis first draft to Chair/Committee
- November 1 (this is a suggested date to allow time for edits but an alternate date can be made between the student and committee chair)

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 16 (Latest Last Day of Classes)

Comprehensive Exam and Portfolio Deadline – Comp Exam Completion Form to OGS
- December 21 (Latest Final Grades Due Date)

Approved Application for Degree to Registrar: December 31, 2016 (Graduation Date)

Date Degree Conferred (Graduation Date): December 31, 2016 (Graduation Date)

Clinicals/fieldwork completed and evaluative paperwork submitted to academic program
- January 31, 2016 (one month past graduation date)
 
**Prior to dropping or withdrawing from a course, please consult with a Student Financial Services Counselor


Spring 2017 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 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)
- January 16 (Latest First Day of Classes)

Thesis to Chair/Committee
- March 15

Capstone Project to Chair/Committee
- April 1

Application for Degree submitted by student
- April 1

RSVP for Commencement
- April 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)
- May 7 (Latest Last Day of Classes)

Comprehensive Exam and Portfolio Deadline – Comp Exam Completion Form to OGS
- May 10 (Latest Final Grades Due Date)

Approved Application for Degree to Registrar: May 7, 2017 (Graduation Date)

Date Degree Conferred (Graduation Date): May 7, 2017 (Graduation Date)

Clinicals/fieldwork completed and evaluative paperwork submitted to academic program
- June 7, 2017 (one month past graduation date)
 
**Prior to dropping or withdrawing from a course, please consult with a Student Financial Services Counselor
 
 

Contact

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

(315) 792-3335
(315) 792-3170 (Fax)
(315) 792-3006
1600 Burrstone Road | Utica, NY 13502