Graduation & Commencement

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Graduation & Commencement

Deadlines | Master’s | Certificate | Timeline | Commencement | International Students

Submission Deadlines

Program completion requirements are listed in the student’s plan of study. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required to maintain good academic progress for graduation. Students are responsible for keeping track of their progress and should review their academic record to ensure accuracy. The diploma is mailed to the address posted on the student record. To update your information, visit Testudo.

Graduation-related submission deadlines are posted on the Graduate School Academic Deadlines Calendar. For questions regarding these deadlines, contact the Graduate School at 301-405-3644 or gradschool@umd.edu.

Master’s Degree Instructions

Complete all three steps for graduation and receipt of the diploma:

Step 1: Register for at least one credit in the semester in which you plan to graduate.

Step 2: Apply for Graduation via Testudo 

Step 3: Submit Approved Program Form and Degree Audit to your Academic Program Director.

  1. See The Graduate School Forms. Scroll down to Graduation Forms and select Approved Program Form.
  2. Print out a Degree Audit from u.achieve. (For instructions, see u.achieve-help.)

Graduate Certificate Instructions

Complete all three steps for graduation and receipt of certificate:

Step 1: Register for at least one credit in the semester in which you plan to graduate.

Step 2: Submit Application for Graduation (graduate certificate students only) to your Academic Program Director. See The Graduate School Forms. Scroll down to Graduation Forms and select the form.

Step 3: Submit Graduate Certificate Completion Form and Degree Audit to your Academic Program Director.

  1. See The Graduate School Forms. Scroll down to Graduation Forms and select the form.
  2. Print out a Degree Audit from u.achieve. (For instructions, see u.achieve-help.)

Timeline

  1. Academic Director: Audits each student file for program requirements and notifies students of any issues. 
    • Certificate: Forwards final approval to the Diploma Office.
    • Master’s: Forwards approval to the Office of Candidate Clearance.
  2. Office of Candidate Clearance (Master’s only)
    • Reviews, confirms, and grants final approval.
    • Forwards to Diploma Office.
  3. Diploma Office (Certificate & Master’s)
    • Information on Diploma Status can be found on the Registrar's website. 
    • The clearance, printing, and mailing process may take up to 12 weeks to complete.

Important notes:

  • Students who successfully complete requirements for the Graduate Certificate may apply these credits towards the Master’s. The student must apply to the Master’s program and complete the Request for Transfer or Inclusion of Credit for the Master’s Degrees Form in order to have the earned Certificate credits count towards the Master’s. This applies to all Graduate Certificates. The Graduate School will not limit the number of credits transferred from the Certificate to the Master’s. See The Graduate School Forms.
  • Students may request a letter of program completion for employment purposes by emailing oes@umd.edu. Include your name, UID, and provide the name, mailing address, and phone number of the employer. The letter will be sent via US Postal Services.
  • You will be contacted if there are any questions relating to program requirements, continuous registration questions, time limitations, or other substantive issues.
  • If not approved, you will be contacted to resolve the issues, and your application for graduation will “roll over” to the next semester. You must ensure to register for at least one graduate credit for graduation eligibility.

Commencement Information

You are welcome to participate in the University of Maryland’s campus-wide commencement ceremonies (May and December only). Graduates’ names will be listed under their degree or certificate in the commencement program. See Commencement for complete information. Regalia may be ordered online through the campus bookstore.  

International Students: Online Programs

The University of Maryland welcomes international students graduating from an online program to participate in either the Winter or Spring Commencement Ceremony. Graduates are encouraged to explore the Commencement website to find information about the ceremonies. These events are not only a celebration of the graduating students’ accomplishments at the University of Maryland, but also an occasion to acknowledge our joint enthusiasm for their future endeavors.

Generally, students who are not citizens of the United States must obtain a visitor visa (B1, B2, or combination) to enter the United States to participate in Commencement. There are several steps to apply for a visa. The order of these steps and how you complete them may vary by U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Please consult the instructions on the U.S. Embassy or Consulate website. Graduates should indicate that they are traveling to participate in the graduation ceremony for an online program they completed abroad. The University of Maryland does not provide sponsorship letters.

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