Graduate Policies

Commencement

Commencement

Conferring of Degrees

Academic Honors 

Replacement Diploma

 Commencement

Graduation exercises are held once a year at the end of the spring semester. Students who have completed degree requirements during the previous summer term or fall semester are permitted to attend commencement exercises, and their names are listed in the commencement booklet. Attending commencement exercises is not compulsory. An individual who wishes to receive a diploma by mail must notify his/her college dean and file a corrected address through student self service if he or she anticipates moving from a previously reported permanent address.

 Conferring of Degrees

Diplomas are awarded three times a year:
1. In June for students completing degree requirements during the spring semester.
2. In October for students completing degree requirements during the summer term.
3. In February for students completing degree requirements during the fall semester.

Individuals who wish to submit verification of degree completion to employers or to graduate schools during the period between the end of their final grading period and the awarding of diplomas may obtain a letter of completion from the Registrar’s Office.

 Academic Honors

Due to the many fields and diversity of study at UMass Lowell, academic honors for graduate students are discipline-based and vary within respective colleges. Honors for graduate students are not listed on transcripts.

 Replacement Diploma

Replacement diplomas may be ordered through University Alumni Relations for an additional fee.