Academic Policies and Procedures

Certification of Graduation (or 'Degree Completion Letter')

The Office of the Registrar provides Degree Completion Letters. If you have completed all degree requirements and deposited your thesis or dissertation and are waiting until the next degree conferral date to receive your degree, you may request and receive a letter indicating that all requirements have been completed. All grades from the semester in which you are depositing your dissertation (and all other outstanding grades) must be reported to the Graduate School before you can receive a completion letter.

Additionally, master’s and doctoral degrees do not appear on transcripts until 4 to 6 weeks after the end of a semester. Students may obtain a letter from the Registrar’s Office that verifies degree completion before a transcript posting after all grades are finalized and their dissertation (doctoral degree) or thesis (if required for the master’s degree) is approved and deposited. 

See Degree Conferral/Payroll End Dates, Diploma, Holds

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