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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|Fall 2021||Spring 2022||Summer 2022||Fall 2022||Spring 2023|
|Application Open||8/16/2021- 12/10/2021||10/27/21- 5/6/2022||10/27/21- 7/29/2022||3/7/2022- 12/9/2022||TBD|
|Applications submitted after this date will not be included in the commencement bulletin||9/27/21
Summer degree candidates are included in May bulletin only
|RSVP Open||9/6/2021- 12/3/2021||1/18/2022- 4/29/2022||*See Commencement Participation Policies||9/6/2022- 12/2/2022||TBD|
M3/S3/D4 and thesis or dissertation materials due
|Due to degree processing deadlines,
late submissions will not be accepted after this date
|*See Commencement Participation Policies||12/17/2022
12:00 pm Hearnes Center
Specific ceremony dates and times TBD
The online application for graduation is available prior to classes beginning 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. The information submitted in the application for graduation will be used to update your degree candidacy in myZou. Completion of the myZou application for graduation is not necessary.
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 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. If a thesis or dissertation is part of your program, it must be submitted to the Graduate School as part of your degree requirements.
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. You will have the opportunity to review name and address information when you complete the application for graduation process.
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 . 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