Graduate Commencement 2015 Checklist

January:
Caps, gowns, and hoods are available for pre-order online through March 1. Please note: doctoral degree recipients who attend the GSAS or SoE Doctoral Hooding Ceremony will be gifted a doctoral hood; all other academic regalia is the responsibility of the student.

February:
May degree candidates must apply for graduation by February 2nd. Please see the Graduate Student Handbook for complete instructions.

On-campus lodging reservations are available online from February 1st – May 1st.

March:
May degree candidates who are completing a thesis/dissertation are recommended to submit a final draft to their committee in mid-March. Please note: there is no deadline for thesis/dissertation defense.

Custom Tufts PhD regalia order deadline: March 27.

April:

Caps, gowns, and hoods are available for purchase (and pick-up for online pre-orders) at the Bookstore in early April.

Commencement announcement cards are available in the Campus Center in early April.

All May degree candidates are encouraged to check SIS for any outstanding balances and/or holds that may interfere with Commencement participation or receipt of their diploma. Name to be printed on the diploma, and the diploma mailing address should be verified/updated in SIS. May degree candidates who have received federal loans must complete online exit loan counseling.

Commencement luncheon tickets are available for purchase from April 21st – May 15th at noon. Please note: three complimentary luncheon tickets will be provided with the marching card.

All May degree candidates are required to complete the Graduate Exit Survey by April 27th; a secure link to the survey will be sent to your Tufts email account.

May degree candidates who are completing a thesis/dissertation must upload their final document to ProQuest and submit the accompanying paperwork to Student Services (Dowling Hall) by April 27th.

May Ph.D. degree candidates must complete the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) by April 27th. The SED is not required for OTD candidates.

May:
Project grades, grade changes, and transfer credits for May degree candidates must be posted to the transcript by May 1.

Marching cards and three complimentary luncheon tickets (one is to be used by the graduate) are available for pick-up at the Student Services Center in Dowling Hall May 12th – 15th. Please be sure to bring your student ID.

Trustees vote degrees on May 16th (official degree conferral date for May graduates).

Commencement is May 17th. Diplomas for May graduates will be available for pick-up at the Student Services Center in Dowling Hall following the Phase I ceremony. Please be sure to bring your student ID.