Graduation and Commencement


Students may apply to graduate for any quarter during the year: Autumn, Winter, Spring or Summer. Degree conferral dates can be found on the Academic Calendar, generally about a month after the last day of classes for that quarter.

Application Process

To apply to graduate, students can indicate their intent to graduate directly into the Axess system. This will trigger them to be included in a list that is provided to the department by the registrar's office, called the "Recommending List". The department then looks at the program sheet and transcript and ensures that the student has completed all of the departmental requirements to graduate. For undergraduate students, the file is then forwarded to the School of Engineering Student Affairs Office for review of general Engineering and University requirements (e.g. math, science, TIS, Fundamentals).

The student will be contacted via e-mail if there are any problems. When all problems have been resolved, the student will be "cleared" to graduate.

To ensure a smooth progression, it is important that students submit an updated program sheet with all required signatures at least one month prior to end of the final quarter.

NOTE: Students with Individual Designed Programs or Engineering Physics who consider MSE their home department must stay in touch with the Student Services Office proactively since they will not automatically show up as MSE students.


Generally there are two commencement ceremonies, both in June. The university holds a general ceremony for all graduating students and the department holds a Diploma Award Ceremony for MSE and, if opted, Engineering Physics students.

Students are welcome to participate in the June commencement ceremony regardless of which quarter they actually graduate. Students just shy of completing graduation requirements are also allowed to "walk-through" by submitting a petition at least one month prior to the commencement ceremony. The MSE department requires Ph.D. students to have passed the University Oral Examination in order to be eligible to "walk-through" the department Awards Ceremony.

Information is provided about commencement starting in Spring Quarter of each year, via e-mail and web postings. Please check back frequently for updates and information.