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Graduate Degree Graduation Information


Graduate Degree Graduation Application

It is recommended that students submit their applications after they have consulted with their program advisor.  Please make note of the following considerations related to timely degree completion:

  • Students must have passed the comprehensive exam or its equivalent, or have been cleared to take it in the application semester.
  • All degree requirements must be completed by the end of the semester of graduation, including the removal of all incomplete (I), missing (M), and continuing (Z) grades.
  • Submit all applicable official test scores before the end of the semester of graduation. These must be received for all degree programs requiring them, (e.g. Florida Teacher Certification Exam, Florida Educational Leadership Examination, etc.).
  • Statements of course currency must be provided for all courses that have exceeded the University’s stated time limits.

Additionally, all students must be registered for at least two (2) graduate credit hours during the semester in which they have applied for graduation.

The published on-time graduation application deadline is firm.

Participation in the Graduation Ceremonies

For those students interested in participating in the graduation ceremony, please contact the USF Commencement Office for more information.

Late Graduation Application

Students who need to file for graduation after the published University deadline for the current semester will be considered late applicants. Late applicants must complete the following forms and submit them to the College of Education's Graduate Support Office prior to the last day of the classes for the semester:

Late Graduate Graduation Application Form

Link to OASIS to complete the Graduate Degree Graduation Application

Late applicants who want to participate in the graduation exercises should contact the University Office of Special Events and Ceremonies regarding requirements to participate in the commencement ceremony. However, late graduation applicants should be aware that:

    their names may not appear in the commencement program

    academic regalia for participation in the graduation ceremony may not be available to them

    they may not receive their diplomas with those who filed their applications by the stated deadlines

    they may experience a delay in receiving their final transcripts showing degree completion from the Registrar’s Office

Withdrawing a Graduation Application

A student who has applied for graduation for the semester and needs to delay degree completion should complete and submit the Graduate Graduation Application Withdrawal Request to the Graduate Support Office as soon as possible before the last day of classes for the semester. This action removes the student's name from the official graduation list and the student will not be certified for the final degree for that semester.

Once withdrawn, the student must complete a new Graduate Degree Graduation Application for a new term.

Certifying Degree Completion

Participation in the graduation ceremony does not guarantee certification for degree. 

Once final grades for the semester are received, the Graduate Support Office will certify completion of the earned degree (i.e., conduct a final review of the applicants' degree requirements and final transcripts to ensure that all graduation requirements are met).

A list of graduation applicants and their final graduation status (i.e. whether they have successfully earned the degrees or not) will be forwarded to the Registrar's Office approximately 4-6 weeks after the graduation ceremony.

Denial of Degree

In the event that a student does not meet the requirements for the academic program and is denied the degree, the Graduate Support Office will send the student and appropriate department faculty and staff a notice identifying the issues which prevented graduation.

The student must submit a new Graduate Degree Graduation Application for the new term of graduation by the application deadline for that term. The student should work with the academic department to successfully reconcile the issues which prevented the previous term's graduation.

In addition, the student must be registered for two (2) graduate hours in the semester of re-application for graduation.  


Letters of Completion

A letter of completion verifying satisfactory completion of degree requirements is available to students who request it. Please complete the Request for Letter of Graduate Program Completion form and submit it to the Office of Graduate Support in the College of Education.

The letter of completion will be mailed once the final degree certification checks for the semester have been completed (approximately 4-6 weeks after the graduation ceremony for the semester).



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