Students must apply for graduation. If you have not yet applied:
- complete the paper Application for Graduation (PDF) immediately
- return the application to the Registrar's Office
Note: The deadline for the online Application for Graduation was April 15, 2017. Students who missed this deadline may not be able to have their names listed in the Commencement Booklet.
Eligibility to apply
Your expected graduation in COIN must be:
- 2016 Fall
- 2017 Winter
- 2017 Spring, or
- 2017 Summer
If you cannot access the graduation application, check your expected graduation in COIN under Academics. If incorrect, email your name, student ID and expected graduation to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- For January 31, 2017 degree or certificate conferral: November 30, 2016
- For May 13, 2017 degree or certificate conferral: April 15, 2017
- For August 31, 2017 degree or certificate conferral: April 15, 2017
- Meet with your advisor and review your current Advisement Report and transcript in COIN to ensure that you are on target to meet all major, option/concentration, minor, program of study, track, and certificate requirements in order to graduate. This includes all university, residency and grade point average requirements for your college or school.
- Ensure all courses that are graded with an INC (Incomplete) or IP (In Progress) and blank grades on your transcript have a grade by the end of the term you plan to graduate.
- Verify that all transfer credits have been submitted and posted to your UMass Dartmouth transcript.
- Confirm your contact information (address, personal email, etc.) is current in COIN.
- Clear all financial obligations to the university including but not limited to: full payment of your entire university bill, emergency loans, payment of parking violations, borrowed library books, electronic equipment, and sports equipment. All borrowed university property must be returned to the appropriate place, and any late fees must be paid. Check your COIN account regularly for holds.
- Complete your Federal Direct Loan, Perkins, Nursing or Nurse Faculty Loan exit counseling requirements with Financial Aid and the Bursar’s Office:
After you apply
The Office of Registrar forwards applicant names to the appropriate academic department for careful review and certification that all requirements have been met.
Undergraduate students: Once all final grades have been posted, the department will send your degree certification to the Office of Registrar for posting of your degree on your transcript.
Graduate students: Once all final grades have been posted, the department will send your degree certification to the Office of Registrar. The paperwork will be sent to the Graduate Studies Office for review. When all relevant authorizations have been issued, the Office of Registrar will post the degree on your transcript.
UMass Law students: Information is available at:
Due to the small window of time between the end of final exams and the Commencement ceremony, diplomas are not handed out at Commencement.
You may choose to pick up your diploma or have our office mail it to you:
- Diplomas will be available for in-person pickup for certified students Monday, June 19th through Friday, June 23rd from 8:00am to 5:00pm in the Registrar’s Office located in the Foster Administration Building, Room 116. Please note: If you send a friend or family member to pick up your diploma, they must bring a letter with your signature granting them permission to pick it up on your behalf
- If you do not pick up your diploma by Friday, June 23rd, we will mail it to you at the address you provided on your graduation application. Mailing of diplomas for certified students begins on Monday, June 26th.
Important Note: Diplomas will not be available for pick up or mailing if your degree has not been certified and posted to your transcript. You should check your transcript through COIN to verify your degree has been awarded. In addition, all financial holds must be resolved before a diploma can be released by the University.
If you will not complete your degree requirements by the spring semester but wish to participate in the May Commencement ceremony, you must meet the following conditions:
- Undergraduate: A maximum of 9 credits to be completed during the Summer 2017 semester.
- Master’s degree (non-thesis option): A maximum of 3 credits to be completed during the Summer 2017 semester; student is expected to complete all other non-coursework graduation requirements (e.g., project report) by the end of the Fall 2017 semester.
- Master’s degree (thesis option): Student has completed all course requirements prior to Commencement and has the reasonable possibility of finishing the thesis by the end of the Fall 2017 semester. (MFA students must complete the visual thesis prior to Commencement.)
- Doctoral degree: Student must complete all degree requirements prior to the Commencement ceremony.
In order to participate in the Commencement ceremony, you must:
- Register and pay for the necessary summer courses(s) during the first week of summer registration.
- If you are planning to take a course(s) at another institution, submit a Prior Approval Form (available at the Registrar's forms page) with the required signatures no later than April 15, 2017.
- If you are planning to complete an internship, directed study, or practicum during the summer, you must provide a copy of the necessary forms with signatures to the Office of the Registrar by April 15, 2017.
- Submit a Permission to Participate in Commencement Form Permission to Participate 2017 by April 15, 2017.
Forms should be sent to:
Office of the Registrar, Room 116
285 Old Westport Road
Dartmouth, MA 02747