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Undergraduate students in their junior year, or one year from graduation, must submit an Application for Graduation to the Office of the Registrar (Student Services Building, Room 113) by the deadlines published on the Registrar site.

Instructions for completing the Application for Graduation:

  1. Make an appointment with your advisor to review your Degree Progress Report to make sure you are on track to graduate. If you are uncertain about any academic requirements or policies, please check with your school or conservatory or the Office of the Registrar.
  2. If any changes to your Degree Progress Report are needed, please have your advisor send written notification to the Office of the Registrar as soon as possible.
  3. Complete the Application for Graduation. Please be sure to include your signature and the signature of your advisor.
  4. Complete the diploma order survey.

Please note: Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

Final determinations regarding degree conferrals are made by the Office of the Registrar at the end of a student’s last semester of study. To qualify for graduation, all degree requirements must be completed by the published graduation date. This includes the successful resolution of all Incomplete (I) grades and receipt of all external transcripts, test scores, and department waivers or substitutions.

Diplomas are distributed to graduates approximately eight to 10 weeks after degrees have been awarded and are mailed to the permanent address on file, unless otherwise indicated on the diploma order survey. Diplomas of students in arrears will be held until all financial obligations to the college have been met and account balances have been cleared by the Office of Student Financial Services.

Students may participate in one graduation ceremony during matriculation at Purchase. If the student does not complete degree requirements by May, but the registrar has reasonable assurance that requirements will be completed by the end of that year’s summer session, the registrar may permit the student to participate in the May commencement ceremony. The student will be considered a candidate for August graduation. If the student completes requirements after summer session and registers for an additional semester, the student must defer participation in the ceremony until requirements are fully completed.

Any changes in the student’s senior-year plans must be reported to the Office of the Registrar. Students who wish to change their graduation date must send written notification to the Office of the Registrar and their program office as soon as possible.