Residency Conference

Ceremony & Degree Conferral

Participating in the Graduation Ceremony

The graduation ceremony for master’s and bachelor's degree completion candidates occurs on the final day of the residency conference, on Friday morning. All students who meet the graduation requirements are welcome to participate in the graduation ceremony at the conclusion of the residency conference.

Degree Conferral

Only those students who have successfully completed all courses, comprehensive exams, and capstones by May 31, and satisfied the residency conference participation requirements prior to the graduation ceremony will be eligible for degree conferral at the graduation ceremony.

Students who are completing their final course while attending the residency conference or who have yet to successfully complete a comprehensive exam or capstone paper/project are still welcome (and encouraged!) to participate in the graduation ceremony but will not be eligible for degree conferral at the ceremony. Degree conferral for these students typically occurs on or near September 15 following successful completion of courses, comprehensive exams and capstones, and participation at the residency conference the previous June. Typically, all master's students who begin their first semester of enrollment in March will fall into the September 15 degree conferral.

Students whose degrees have been conferred at the graduation ceremony may pick up their diplomas as part of the residency conference check-out process. If you don't pick up at check-out, your diploma will be mailed the following week. Please allow several days to weeks for your diploma to arrive. 

Students whose degrees are conferred in September will receive their diplomas by mail approximately two weeks following conferral.