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Dear May Degree Candidate,

Commencement 2020 is rapidly approaching! Please keep the following information in mind as you move forward toward completion of your degree.

Graduation Status

Login to SIS at to review your Graduation Status. A status of “Applied for Graduation” means your degree sheet has not been received. A status of “In Review” means your degree sheet has been received and your degree requirements are being reviewed. You and/or your department will be contacted with any questions or concerns.  Your status will remain "In Review" until all degree requirements (ex: final grades for Spring; thesis/dissertation upload) have been submitted and reviewed.

Below is a comprehensive list of requirements and deadlines for May degree conferral. Please review this list to ensure you are on track to graduate. As deadlines approach, it is not always possible to respond to individual requests for confirmation of completion and receipt of documents.

Diploma Name and Mailing Address

Please be sure to add or review your “Diploma Name” and “Diploma Address” in your SIS record. Click on the Graduation Status icon on the home page, and update the appropriate link for name/address. In the absence of a diploma name, your primary name will be printed on your diploma. Diploma names must be added by February 28. Names submitted after February 28 are not guaranteed to be printed in time for Commencement. A fee will be assessed to reprint diplomas after Commencement. In the absence of a diploma mailing address, your diploma (if not picked-up at Commencement) will be mailed to your home address. Diploma addresses must be entered before Commencement, but you are encouraged to add it before February 28 while updating your name.

Graduate Exit Survey

In early April, you will receive an email from that will ask you to complete the Graduate Exit Survey. The email will contain a secure link. The Graduate Exit Survey is required, and individual responses are kept confidential. Please complete the survey as soon as possible. Your responses to this survey make a difference. Results from previous years have led to many important changes that have improved the graduate student experience here at Tufts.

Requirements and Deadlines

Apply for graduation via SIS; see instructions in graduate handbook
February 28th
Graduate Student Handbook

Thesis/Dissertation students – submit original forms to Student Services and upload thesis/dissertation online
April 27

Certificate of Fitness form
Approval for Submission form
Sample title pages for thesis/dissertation
Electronic thesis/dissertation

Ph.D. students – online Survey of Earned Doctorates (S.E.D).
April 27

Survey of Earned Doctorates

All students – Graduate Exit Survey; link will be emailed to students on/after April 1
April 27

Transfer credits – to be posted to transcript. Online transfer of credit request, approvals, and official transcript to be submitted in advance to allow time for processing
April 27

Grade Changes – resolution of outstanding grades from prior terms to be posted to the transcript.  For pending (Y, *), incomplete (I, PI), or failed courses in which a change of grade is anticipated, submit any outstanding work in advance to allow time for faculty review and processing
April 27

Final Grades – for Spring 2020 term; please inform your instructors that you are a May degree candidate
May 11, by 9 A.M.


Additional Information

Information regarding announcement cards, marching cards, luncheon tickets, academic regalia, diploma distribution, and Phase II venues can be found at:

Best of luck as you move forward toward completion of your degree, and we hope to see you at Commencement on May 17!

Graduate Student Services
Dowling Hall