To be considered a candidate for the completion of a graduate degree, graduate certificate, or graduate minor, you must complete all necessary paperwork as well as the Application for Completion of Degrees, Certificates and Minors by the posted deadlines. Late submissions will be processed in the order received AFTER all submissions made by the deadline are finalized. Failure to meet the deadlines will result in the delay or postponement of your graduation.
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|Spring 2020||Summer 2020||Fall 2020||Spring 2021||Summer 2021|
|Application Open||Dec. 23, 2019-Feb. 22, 2020||Dec. 23, 2019-Feb. 22, 2020||Jul. 27, 2020-Oct. 23, 2020||Dec. 1, 2020-Feb. 20, 2021||Dec. 1, 2020-Feb. 20, 2021|
|RSVP Open||Jan. 21, 2020 – April 24, 2020||*See Commencement Participation Policies||Fall commencement ceremonies will not be held||Jan. 19, 2021 – Apr. 30, 2021||*See Commencement Participation Policies|
M3/S3/D4 and thesis or dissertation materials due
|May 8, 2020||July 17, 2020||Dec. 4, 2020||April 30, 2021||July 16, 2021|
|Due to degree processing deadlines, late submissions will not be accepted after this date||May 15, 2020||July 24, 2020||Dec. 11, 2020||May 7, 2021||July 23, 2021|
|Commencement||*See Commencement Participation Policies||Fall commencement ceremonies will not be held||May 14-16, 2021. Specific Spring 2021 Ceremony Information TBD||*See Commencement Participation Policies|
The online application for graduation is available six weeks before the first week of classes each semester. It must be completed in order for a student to be considered a candidate for graduation at the end of that term. Fill out the Application for Completion of Degrees, Certificates and Minors.
Before you apply for graduation, you must already have an approved plan of study on file with the Graduate School. Failure to file a plan of study may mean a delay of graduation. Consult with your program to confirm that your plan of study is on file.
If you do not graduate at the end of the term you for which apply for graduation and you plan to register for another semester of classes you must:
Check with your academic program to make sure all of your paperwork has been submitted to the Graduate School for graduation. See the graduation requirements for master’s, doctoral and educational specialist student.
Students writing a thesis or dissertation must submit to the Graduate School by the semester deadline:
Please consult the Guidelines for Preparing a Thesis or Dissertation for formatting and submission requirements.
The name on your transcript and diploma will be the same as is listed in the University’s database through myZou.
Once your degree or graduate certificate has been awarded, the following additional information is printed to your official transcript approximately 14-18 days after the close of the semester:
If you want to order a transcript that includes your degree or graduate certificate, please indicate on your request that you want to your transcript to be held until your final grades and degree are posted.
Your diploma will be mailed to your permanent address approximately 12-14 weeks after graduation. To ensure delivery of your diploma, any address changes must be made on or before the last day of the semester. Corrections can be made on myZou or at the Graduate School, 210 Jesse Hall. Address changes cannot be made over the phone.
For additional diploma questions and information, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Commencement” is the ceremony that recognizes graduate students for the completion of their master’s, educational specialist and doctoral degrees.Learn More about Commencement