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Dear May Degree Candidate,

Commencement 2019 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.

The earliest date that your status may change to “Approved for Graduation” is Thursday, May 9.

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 March 30. Names submitted after March 30 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 March 30 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
May 1

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).
May 1

Survey of Earned Doctorates

All students – Graduate Exit Survey
May 1

Link will be emailed to students on/after April 1

Transfer credits
May 1

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

Grade Changes
May 1

Changes to incomplete/failing grades to be posted to transcript.

Final Grades for Spring 2019 term
May 13

Final grades due 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 19!

Graduate Student Services
Dowling Hall