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Applying for Graduation


Students applying for graduation must complete the online application for graduation/completion form. The application must be submitted no later than the end of the first week of a summer session or the end of the fourth week of a spring/fall semester in the semester of graduation.

The Graduate Studies Office maintains an unofficial list of candidates for graduation each semester.  Check this list to ensure the information you provide for your diploma and the commencement program is received and recorded accurately.

This application and list are for master's and doctoral degrees, graduate achievement programs (GAP) and certificates.  Applying to graduate/complete is required regardless if a student participates in the commencement ceremonies. However, GAP and certificate recipients do not take part in commencement.

Graduation Check

A graduation/completion check for students who've applied will be done in the Office of Graduate Studies when all grades for the semester of intended graduation/completion have been submitted.

Students whose records are incomplete (e.g., required courses still incomplete, official transcripts for transfer courses not on file, grades not recorded, etc.) or who fail to meet degree requirements will be considered for graduation in the next semester. These deferred applications for graduation/completion will be automatically moved to subsequent semesters for a short period of time. Afterward the application will be inactivated.

Degree Time Limits

All academic requirements applying to a degree (including work transferred) must be completed within a seven-year time period. Nursing has a five-year limit. The time limit is four years for GAP's and Certificates. The time period begins with the beginning date of the first term in which course(s) were taken that apply to the degree/GAP/certificate. The time period ends with the semester the final degree requirement is completed.


UW Oshkosh does not designate academic honors at the university-level for graduate students. Since all graduating graduate students must have a GPA of 3.00 or better, the UW Oshkosh Graduate Council believes awarding honors overstates what is already a higher level of achievement in comparison to undergraduate study. Further, the Graduate Council believes honors, if the same or similar, blur the distinction between undergraduate and graduate education.

Some programs confer honors within their program, discipline or college. These honors are recognized every April at the UW Oshkosh Honors and Awards ceremony and are published in the official program of this ceremony. Please check with your program or college to find out if they confer honors and the requirements for such honors. It is acceptable to wear the cords or stoles of your discipline's respective honor society to the university commencement ceremony.

Be in touch with your program or the Graduate Studies office if you have any questions about this information regarding honors.


Commencement ceremonies are held at the end of the 14-week term of each semester. A student's official graduation/completion date will be the final day of classes of the 17-week fall or spring semester, or the final day of the 8-week summer session in which he or she completes the program requirements.

Graduate students whose graduation date is at the end of the summer session (August) have two commencement ceremony options:

  • Participate the following December: Applications for graduation/completion are due by the end of the first week of the summer session

  • Participate the preceding May: Applications for graduation/completion are due by the end of the fourth week of the spring semester.

GAP and Certificate recipients do not take part in commencement.

Diploma Processing

Diplomas and a complementary official transcript are mailed to the student approximately six to eight weeks after the official end of the 17-week semester or 8-week summer semester.