Commencement Cermonies for the Smith School of Business are held at the end of the Fall and Spring semesters each year.

Students that are in their final semester of the program must complete a Diploma Application and Certification of Masters Degree without Thesis form to gradaute in that semester. Failure to meet this deadline will require the student to apply for Spring graduation and per University policy, register for one credit in the Spring.

In order to apply for graduation from the Masters of Finance program you must have completed 30 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.

Graduations 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 (you will receive information about this form at the beginning of your last term). Changes include any course drops, course additions, or any other alterations to your schedule.
  • MEI (written test of English) provisions not removed.  This was stated in your letter of admission.  This is not a Smith School provision, we do not offer this test.  We cannot remove this block.  This can only be cleared by the MEI office.