Completing Your Degree

Graduate Reem Hilal, left, walks across the stage with her faculty advisor, Professor Mary Layoun, during a spring commencement ceremony at the Kohl Center

Completing Your Degree

As you near completion of your degree, verify that you meet minimum degree requirements.  Be sure to check with your academic program to make sure that you meet their requirements, above and beyond the Graduate School’s minimum requirements.  Also be sure to meet the appropriate degree deadlines.

Then, review the following important resources, which will guide you through the final steps of completing your degree.

Master’s Degree Candidates:

Expecting Your Master’s Degree? Procedures to Help

Doctoral Degree Candidates:

Guide to Preparing Your Doctoral Dissertation


Once you have met your degree requirements, you may choose to attend a fall or spring commencement ceremony. Commencement occurs in May and December each year and is coordinated by the Office of the Chancellor.  There is no summer commencement ceremony.  If you plan to graduate in August, you may attend either the May or the December ceremony.  If you want your name to be printed in the commencement program, you must apply to graduate through your MyUW Student Center by the deadline each semester in addition to contacting your major program to request a degree warrant from the Graduate School.  For Master’s students, the deadline to request your warrant can be found in the Degree Deadlines.  You may attend the commencement ceremony even if your name is not included in the commencement program.  See for more information.

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