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Dear May Degree Candidate,

Commencement 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 submitted or is pending department approval. A status of “In Review” or “Final Review” means your degree sheet has been received and is being reviewed by Graduate Student Services. 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) have been submitted and reviewed.

Below is a list of requirements and deadlines for May degree conferral. Please review this list to ensure you are on track to graduate.

Diploma Name and Mailing Address

Please be sure to add or review your “Diploma Name” and “Diploma Address” in SIS. 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 March 31. Names submitted after March 31 are not guaranteed to be printed on your diploma 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 mailing addresses must be entered before Commencement, but you are encouraged to add it before March 31 while updating your diploma name.

Graduate Exit Survey

In April, you will receive an email from Institutional Research 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 in SIS; and submit your Graduate Degree Sheet; see instructions here.
March 15

Thesis/Dissertation students – Thesis/Dissertation Final Approval form and submission to Proquest
May 3

Thesis/Dissertation – Request for Final Approval

Sample Title page


Ph.D. students – Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED).
May 3

Survey of Earned Doctorates

All students – Graduate Exit Survey; link will be emailed to students after April 1
May 3

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
May 3

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
May 3

Final Grades – for Spring 2022 term; please inform your instructors that you are a May degree candidate
May 16, by 9 A.M.

Additional Information

Information regarding 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 22!

Graduate Student Services
Dowling Hall