Applying for Graduation

All students must submit an application for degree through the Graduation tab on MySuffolk.

Why Must Students Apply?

The application for degree notifies the university that students are completing their degree requirements and preparing for graduation. An academic audit is conducted and students are notified of their degree eligibility status via their Suffolk email account. Any outstanding requirements will prohibit a student's eligibility to graduate. Students are expected to check their Suffolk email account regularly for updates regarding their degree status and graduation.

Application Deadlines

Graduating Semester Application Deadline Conferral Month 
Spring February 1  May
Summer July 1  September
Fall October 1  January

Suffolk University confers degrees three times per year: January, May, and September. Students who expect to complete all the requirements for graduation should apply for the nearest future conferral date.

Graduation Ceremony

There is one graduation ceremony per year in May. Specific dates, location, and ticket information for the ceremony are announced in early spring by the Division of Student Affairs. All students who complete their degree requirements in January, May, or September of that year are invited to attend the May ceremony.

Petitioning to Attend Commencement

Undergraduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences and Sawyer Business School may participate in commencement if they have officially applied as a September candidate, are enrolled in their remaining requirements in the subsequent summer sessions, have satisfied all other degree requirements, and have fulfilled all financial obligations to the university.

Graduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences and Sawyer Business School may participate in commencement if they have officially applied as a September candidate, are within three (3) courses of completing their degree requirements, are enrolled in their remaining requirements in the subsequent summer sessions, have satisfied all other degree requirements, and have fulfilled all financial obligations to the university. 

September 2015 degree candidates petitioning to participate in the May 2015 commencement ceremony must apply by Sunday, February 1, 2015, and be enrolled in all outstanding requirements in the subsequent summer 2015 sessions by Sunday, February 15, 2015. Approval of the petition is contingent upon satisfying the conditions listed above. All coursework must be complete before the end of August for a September degree conferral.

Diplomas

Diplomas for students in the College of Arts & Sciences and Sawyer Business School will be printed with the student's name as it appears on their official university records. Diploma names may be changed free of charge, provided the proper documentation is submitted to the Office of the Registrar prior to degree conferral. The university does not list credentials and titles on diplomas.

Diplomas for students completing their degree requirements in May are distributed immediately following the commencement ceremony. Diplomas are mailed within a week after the September and January conferral dates to the address on file.

Students who have any outstanding financial obligations to the university at the time of degree conferral will not have their diplomas released to them. Please contact the Office of the Bursar for information regarding tuition accounts.