Graduation Deadlines

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 Graduate Thesis/Capstone Project 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.
 

Fall 2019 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.
 
Application for Degree submitted by student
- October 15

Culminating Academic Experience Deadline – Including an Approved Thesis/Capstone Project Completion Form and official Thesis/Capstone submission to OGS via ETD, or a Comprehensive Exam Completion Form with passing outcome
- December 22

Date Degree Conferred (Graduation Date): December 31, 2019

Clinicals/fieldwork completed and evaluative paperwork submitted to academic program
- January 31, 2019
 

Spring 2020 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.
 
Application for Degree submitted by student
- March 15

RSVP for Commencement
- March 15

Culminating Academic Experience Deadline –
- May 10
- Approved Thesis/Capstone Project Completion Form
AND
- Thesis/Capstone submission via ETD (submission subject to formatting review, see revision and acceptance deadline below)
- Successful thesis defense (not applicable to students completing a capstone)
OR
- Comprehensive Exam Completion Form with passing outcome
 
Graduate Commencement Ceremony: May 16, 2020 11:00 a.m. (participants must RSVP and apply for degree)

Date Degree Conferred (Graduation Date): May 16, 2020

Thesis/Capstone formatting revisions and final ETD acceptance (students will be notified via email with the outcome form the formatting review)
- June 15, 2020

Clinicals/fieldwork completed and evaluative paperwork submitted to academic program
- June 15, 2020

Summer 2020 Semester – for August 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.
 
RSVP for Commencement
- March 15

Graduate Commencement Ceremony: May 16, 2020 11:00 a.m. (participants must RSVP and apply for degree)

Application for Degree submitted by student
- June 15
- If you plan to attend the May 2020 Graduate Commencement Ceremony you must apply by March 15 so your name can be printed in the program
 
Culminating Academic Experience Deadline 
- August 30
- Approved Thesis/Capstone Project Completion Form
AND
- Thesis/Capstone submission via ETD (submission subject to formatting review, see revision and acceptance deadline below),
- Successful thesis defense (not applicable to students completing a capstone)
OR
- Comprehensive Exam Completion Form with passing outcome
Date Degree Conferred (Graduation Date): TBD

Thesis/Capstone formatting revisions and final ETD acceptance (students will be notified via email with the outcome form the formatting review)
- September 15, 2020

Clinicals/fieldwork completed and evaluative paperwork submitted to academic program
- TBD
 

Contact Us

Office of Graduate Studies

Office of Graduate Studies

120 White Hall
1600 Burrstone Road
Utica, NY 13502
ogs@utica.edu
(315) 792-3335
(315) 792-3170 (fax)

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