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UMass Boston has three graduation dates where we confer (award) degrees: Spring/May 31, Summer/August 31, and Fall/December 31. University Events hosts the annual Commencement Ceremonies at the end of May.
Graduation is when a student successfully completes all of their academic requirements and their degree is conferred. The Graduation Team handles that academic process. Graduation is not an automatic process – all students must apply for graduation by the application deadlines to ensure that your record is reviewed for degree conferral.
Commencement is the ceremony that honors students who graduated in December and all students applied for the May or August graduation dates. University Events manages the ceremony side of graduation. Ceremony attendance is optional and only guaranteed if you apply for graduation by the published deadlines.
Please note: The ceremony dates change every year, and details are posted on the Commencement website as they are available.
Planning and Applying for Graduation
Everyone must apply for graduation! Review the Graduation Checklists to make sure you are on track to graduate and learn the steps for submitting a graduation application in WISER.
Graduation Related FAQ’s
Find answers to common inquiries related to the academic side of graduation and the ceremony.
Learn more about receiving your Paper and Certified Electronic Diploma after your degree is awarded. Such as when diplomas become available and how to access them.