Eligibility

Commencement is a ceremony that celebrates your academic achievements. You must satisfy all of your degree requirements before you officially graduate and receive your diploma. Diploma covers will be distributed at the ceremony. Your official diploma will be mailed four to six weeks after the ceremonies, after grades have been computed and your eligibility for graduation has been confirmed. Also, any financial obligation with the university must be settled with the Office of the Bursar before your diploma will be released.

Undergraduate Degree Candidates

Undergraduates who are eligible to graduate in December 2017 or January 2018 are welcome to participate in the December 15 ceremony.

  • Undergraduates should view their DARS prior to graduation and direct any questions or concerns to their academic advisor.
  • If you are transferring credits to Miami in order to complete your degree, please email commencement@MiamiOH.edu and include the school name the transcript will be coming from as well as what course(s) will be transferring back.
  • Undergraduate candidates who are graduating with Latin honors (cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude) will be notified by the Office of the University Registrar by letter to your home address. Due to time constraints, Latin honors for the commencement ceremony are determined as a result of last semester's cumulative grade point average. After final grades for this semester are recorded, Latin honors will be recalculated for December graduates. After final grades for Winter Term are recorded, Latin honors will be recalculated for January graduates. For more information on Latin honor calculations please visit the One Stop website for Latin honors.
  • Undergraduate candidates who are graduating with Latin honors will be recognized at commencement with red and white honor cords. You can pick up your cords at Grad Fest, the Oxford Bookstore located in Shriver Center (until the week before finals), Regional Campus Bookstores, or the One Stop during finals week (located in lobby of Campus Avenue Building).
  • Undergraduate candidates who are graduating from the University Honors Program with University Honors or University Honors with Distinction will be notified by the University Honors Program. Due to time constraints, University Honors for the commencement ceremony are determined as a result of last semester's cumulative grade point average. After final grades for this semester are recorded, University Honors will be recalculated for December graduates. After final grades for Winter Term are recorded, University Honors will be recalculated for January graduates.
  • Undergraduate candidates who are graduating from the University Honors Program will be recognized at commencement with a gold medallion. You can pick up your medallion at the University Honors Program office (101 Old Manse) during the final weeks of the semester or at Grad Fest.

Master's Degree Candidates

Master's candidates who are eligible to graduate in December 2017 or January 2018 are welcome to participate in the December 15 ceremony.

  • Master's thesis format check must be completed by November 17, 2017.
  • December candidates must complete all necessary requirements, other than final exams, by December 1, 2017.
  • Requirements include turning in certificate forms to the Graduate School office indicating results of final oral/written exams and grade changes for thesis research.

Doctoral Degree Candidates

Doctoral candidates may participate in the Friday, December 15, ceremony only if they are a degree candidate for December 2017 and complete requirements by December 1, 2017.

  • Dissertation format checks must be completed by November 10, 2017.
  • December candidates must complete all necessary requirements, other than exams, and have the proper approval forms turned in (and dissertations deposited) to the Graduate School office by December 1, 2017.
  • Requirements include turning in certificate forms to the Graduate School office indicating results of final oral/written exams and grade changes for dissertation research.