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Steps to Graduation

Graduation Procedures and Requirements

  • Apply for graduation online through BannerWeb and pay a commencement fee by the application deadline dates in order to graduate (see Important Dates and Deadlines). Information about graduation can be found at OneStop.
    • Certificate application - $10.00
    • Masters and Specialists application - $35.00
    • Doctoral application - $200.00 (covers the cost of the diploma and the hood)
  • Follow the formatting guidelines for submitting your thesis or dissertation. More information can be found in the Policy Library. If you are completing a thesis or dissertation as part of your degree, you must comply with the format check and upload deadline dates (see Important Dates and Deadlines below).
  • All Miami University academic integrity charges against a student must be resolved and sanctions completed before a student is eligible to graduate.
  • A student's cumulative Miami graduate-level grade point average must be at least 3.00. A student may not have grades of incomplete or be under academic probation to take a comprehensive examination, take a final examination for any graduate degree, or graduate.
  • Academic attire questions should be directed to the Miami University Bookstore.

Graduation Dates and Deadlines

Before you can upload your thesis or dissertation to OhioLINK, you must have the format of your manuscript checked to be sure it conforms to the Graduate School's requirements

When you believe your document has been formatted correctly, please email your PDF to to begin the format check process. You must be aware of the format check and OhioLINK deadlines below. All forms must be turned in to the Graduate School no later than 10 working dates before the date of commencement.

Graduation Dates and Deadlines 

Graduation Deadlines Fall 2023 Winter 2024 Spring 2024 Summer 2024
Apply to Graduate Deadline Apr. 30 Apr. 30 Oct. 31 Feb. 28
Ed.D./Ph.D. Dissertation Format Check Nov. 3 Dec. 22 Apr. 5 Jul. 5
M.A./M.S. Thesis Format Check Nov. 10 Dec. 22 Apr.12 Jul. 12
Ed.D./Ph.D. Dissertation Upload to OhioLINK Nov. 17 Jan. 12 Apr. 19 Jul. 19
M.A./M.S. Thesis Upload to OhioLINK Nov. 24 Jan. 12 Apr. 26 Jul. 26
Degree Conferral Date Dec. 15 Jan. 26 May 18 Aug. 16

Graduation Forms and Videos


To assist with your preparations on commencement day, the Graduate School has created a video guide to walk you through how to wear your hood and what to do with your name card.

The Graduate School

The Graduate School is committed to advocating and supporting graduate programs dedicated to the pursuit of new knowledge and best teaching practices that promote diverse, globally aware graduate students and faculty.

Graduate Admission

Nellie Craig Walker Hall
301 S. Campus Avenue
Oxford, OH 45056