Fall Commencement Ceremony
Please visit the Fall 2015 Smith School Commencement Ceremony Information (link is external) for information on the Smith School Ceremony, including instructions for graduating students & guests. Please note the Smith School ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, December 20th at 4pm and the "Fall 2015 Smith School Commencement Ceremony Information" page will be updated with more details soon.
Please visit the Fall 2015 Campus Commencement Ceremony Information(link is external) for information about the University Campus-wide Commencement ceremony. During this ceremony, students will not have their name read or walk across the stage at this ceremony.
Degrees will be posted to the student's record 2-4 weeks after graduation.
Diplomas are typically mailed 4-6 weeks after graduation. They will not be mailed if students have outstanding financial obligations to the University (example: parking tickets, overdue books, or unpaid tuition bills). Contact the Diploma Office at (301) 314-8270 for questions regarding a diploma not received 6 weeks following the semester’s completion.
If you must change the address of where your diploma should be mailed, please contact the Diploma Office at (301) 314-8270.
In order to apply for graduation you must have completed 54 credits. Any student who misses the deadline must apply for the following graduation and, per University policy, register and pay for one credit in the term the student intends to graduate. Students who complete their required degree coursework in the Winter should apply for Spring graduation clearance, and will not be required to be enrolled in the Spring semester.
The graduation process should be started at the beginning of a student's last semester of coursework. It is the student’s responsibility to check with their campus advisor regarding graduation deadlines and procedures. Failure to submit the paperwork in a timely manner could delay your official graduation.
Graduation can be delayed for the following reasons:
- Incomplete grades or grades not submitted in time.
- If students take consortium or transfer credits their last semester, often those grades are received and processed after the initial approval process (two weeks after graduation). If you are in this situation, please transfer your credits in as early as possible.
- Changes in the Approved Program Form (students will receive information about this form at the beginning of their last term). Changes include any course drops, course additions, or any other alterations to a schedule.
- MEI (Maryland English Institute; written test of English) provisions were not removed. Students were informed about English test provisions in their formal letter of admission from the Graduate School. The Smith School staff can not assist students with removing this provision; this can only be cleared by the MEI office.
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