Office of the Registrar

Graduation

Announcements

  • To graduate on May 31, 2017: You must apply by March 10, 2017
  • To graduate on August 31, 2017: You must apply by March 10, 2017
  • To graduate on December 31, 2017: You must apply by October 27, 2017

Dear Student,

Congratulations! You have worked diligently to reach this point, and myself, as well as my staff would like to commend you on all of your academic accomplishments thus far. Now you are faced with the final (and easiest) step to achieve your degree: applying for graduation. Below you will find all of the tools and information necessary to complete that task.

Don’t stop now! You started on track, and stayed on track. Now let’s finish on track together.

The entire Registrar’s Office looks forward to having you amongst our prestigious alumni.

"There is no substitute for hard work." –Thomas Edison

Sincerely,

David Cesario
Registrar

Please visit the commencement website for information about the ceremonies.

All students must apply for one of three graduation dates: May 31, August 31, or December 31. Follow the instructions below based on your degree status: 

Undergraduate Students Graduate Students

Undergraduate students are eligible to apply to graduate once they have reached 90 credits. Applying for graduation implies you will complete all of the university and major requirements as outlined by your degree program by the term you selected. You must declare by the dates listed above through WISER.

Meet with your advisor to review your degree audit or transcript to determine if you are on track to successfully complete the requirements. If you have questions or concerns about whether your degree requirements are completed you can make an appointment in the Registrar's Office with a Graduation Specialist.

All graduate students must apply to graduate. Applying for graduation implies that you will complete all of the university and major requirements as outlined by your degree program by the term you selected. You must apply for graduation through WISER and additionally complete and submit the paper Degree Application for your program with unofficial transcript to the Registrar's Office by the dates listed above.

We will secure the signature of your Graduate Program Director.

How to apply for graduation How to apply for graduation

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

Below are common questions that students have regarding graduation and commencement. 

Undergraduate Students

Should I apply for graduation?

When should I apply?

How do I apply for graduation?

I am not currently attending, but would like to file for graduation. How do I do this?

Is there a fee for commencement?

I do not plan on attending the commencement ceremony. Do I still have to apply for graduation and pay the commencement fee?

Can I file for graduation and still take classes in an upcoming semester?

What happens after I file for graduation?

What happens after my department reviews my record?

What are my academic requirements? 

What are my administrative and financial requirements?

How will I know when or if my degree has been awarded?

How will I know if I did not graduate?

Graduate Students

The process for applying for graduation is different for graduate students. 

Should I apply for graduation?

How do I apply for graduation?

What are the deadlines to apply?

Is there a fee to apply?

I am not currently attending or am in inactive status. Can I still file for graduation?

I turned in my degree application; what happens next?

What happens after my college reviews my record? 

When will my degree be awarded?

What are my academic requirements?

What are my administrative and financial requirements?

How will I know when or if my degree has been awarded?

How will I know if I did not graduate?

Commencement

UMass Boston holds the commencement ceremonies once per year where we recognize three conferral dates: Fall of the previous year, Spring, and Summer of the current year. Commencement ceremonies are for all students both undergraduate and graduate, who have complied with the university procedures and plan to complete their degree by those conferral dates. 

Can I attend a commencement ceremony and finish my coursework later?

I am receiving a certificate; can I attend commencement?

Where do I get information about the ceremonies, tickets, caps and gowns, etc?

Can I get extra tickets?

Diplomas and Transcripts

When will I receive my diploma?

What happens if I don’t receive my diploma?

How do I prove I graduated?

Will my diploma show my major on it? 

I am a double undergraduate major. Will I get two (2) diplomas?

I am completing a five (5) year degree. Will I get two (2) diplomas?

How do I know if I received University Honors (Latin Honors)? (Undergraduate Students only)

Can I change my name on my diploma?

Other

What happens if I don’t complete my course work, or have any administrative issues outstanding after commencement?

Can I take courses after I graduate to improve my GPA?

My original diploma got lost. How do I order a duplicate diploma? How long does it take to get one?