Students with the following Expected Graduation Term in COIN will be eligible to apply for graduation based on the following:

Expected Graduation Term

Application for Graduation Opens

Degree Conferral Date

2017 Fall



2018 Winter



2018 Spring



2018 Summer



PLEASE NOTE:  If graduation application is not submitted by April 20, 2018, student’s name will not appear in the 2018 Commencement Bulletin.


How to apply

Step 1: Review your academic requirements

If you have not already done so, 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. This includes all university, residency and grade point average requirements for your college or school. Also, verify that all transfer credits have been submitted and posted to your UMass Dartmouth transcript. 

Step 2: Verify your expected graduation term in COIN

Log into your COIN Student Center > My Advising Center > Academic Summary to confirm your Expected Graduation semester is correct. If incorrect, send email to with your name, student ID, and expected graduation term so that we can update it accordingly in COIN.

Step 3: Complete your Graduation Exit Survey 

Complete the mandatory graduation exit survey

You must allow at least 1 hour for the exit survey results to be sent to UMassD before proceeding to Step 4. 

Step 4: Apply for graduation in COIN

Log into your COIN Student Center:

  • Select My Academics > Graduation > Apply for Graduation
  • Select Apply for Graduation
  • Select the term of your expected graduation from the drop down menu
  • Select continue
  • Submit application

If you are eligible to apply, you will receive a message that you have successfully applied for graduation. If you are not eligible to apply, the link may not be visible and/or you will receive a message with further information or instruction.

Frequently asked questions about graduation

After you apply

The Registrar’s Office forwards applicant names to the appropriate academic department for careful review and certification that all requirements have been met. If the review determines you have not met your degree requirements, you will be notified by your department.

  • Undergraduate students: Once all final grades have been posted, the department will send your degree certification to the Registrar’s Office 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 Registrar’s Office. The paperwork will be sent to the Graduate Studies Office for review. When all relevant authorizations have been issued, the Registrar’s Office will post the degree on your transcript.


Due to the small window of time between the end of final exams and the Commencement Ceremony, diplomas are not handed out at Commencement. Diploma mailings begin 6 weeks after the degree conferral date for those students whose degrees have been awarded.

Important note: Diplomas will not be released 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 and/or official transcript can be released by the University.

Summer graduates

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 8 credits to be completed by August 31, 2018.
  • Master’s degree (non-thesis option): A maximum of 3 credits to be completed by August 31, 2018; student is expected to complete all other non-coursework graduation requirements (e.g., project report) by the end of the Fall 2018 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 2018 semester. Note: 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 with required signatures no later than April 15, 2018.
  • 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 University Registrar by April 15, 2018.
  • Submit a Permission To Participate-Commencement 2018 Form by April 15, 2018. Forms should be sent to:

    Diane Rodrigues
    Office of the Registrar, Room 116
    UMass Dartmouth
    285 Old Westport Road
    Dartmouth, MA 02747

Other important university requirements

  • Confirm your contact information (address, degree name, personal email, etc.) is up to date in COIN.
  • Clear all financial obligations to the university including but not limited to: full payment of your entire university bill, emergency loans, 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/or the Bursar’s Office:
    • Federal Subsidized, Unsubsidized, and/or Graduate PLUS borrowers: My Direct Loan
    • Federal Perkins/Nursing borrowers: You will receive an email from Heartland ECSI (loan servicer)

      Contact information: UMass Dartmouth Bursar’s Office, 508-999-8087,

                                                   Heartland ECSI, 1-888-549-3274,

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