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.
 

Summer 2019 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.

Approved Graduate Thesis/Capstone Project Completion Form and official 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 13, 2019

Application for Degree submitted by student
- June 15

Approved Graduate Thesis/Capstone Project Completion Form and official submission to OGS (This includes successful thesis defense and official submission to OGS)
- Aug 30, 2019

Comprehensive Exam and Portfolio Deadline – Comp Exam Completion Form to OGS
- Sept. 4, 2019

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

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

 

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

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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