Graduation Procedures

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Application Instructions

  • First, undergraduate students must confirm that all of your majors, minors, and/or certificates are officially declared. Applications that note majors, minors, areas of concentration and/or certificates are officially declared that are not declared will be denied.
  • Then, submit the Graduation Survey to receive a link to the graduation application.
    • Undergraduate Students
      • Deadline has passed for April 2021 graduation applicants.
      • Survey for Summer graduation applications opens in May
    • Graduate Students
      • Deadline has passed for April 2021 graduation applicants.
      • Survey for Summer graduation applications opens in May
         
  • Your department (graduate students) or academic advisor (undergraduate students) will review your application and academic record for potential graduation roadblocks. After the initial review is complete, you will receive a signed copy of your application. The application copy will note either:
    • Approval pending successful completion of your final term, or
    • Denial, including notes on why the application was denied.
  • Notes:
    • Students are welcome, but not required, to schedule an appointment with their academic advisor before submitting their application for graduation.
    • Deadlines and associated late fees for SCI students are listed below.
    • Late applications will not be processed until all the late fee payment is received.
    • Students enrolled in majors and/or certificates outside of SCI must follow the processes and deadlines defined by the School offering the major or the minor. This means students completing a major or certificate in SCI and another School will be required to submit multiple graduation applications through separate campus offices.

Deadlines

Forms must be submitted no later than 12:00 pm EST

Failure to meet deadlines will result in your graduation being delayed to the next academic term. Acceptable late fee payments: Check or money order only, made out to the University of Pittsburgh. These must be delivered to the SCI Dean’s Office c/o Academic Records. Late fees are non-negotiable.

Fall – December 2021

Submission period begins August 9, 2021. If your graduation application is submitted by:

  • TBD: No late fee
  • TBD at 12:01PM – TBD at Noon: Late fee currently suspended
  • TBD at 12:01PM- TBD at Noon: Late fee currently suspended
  • TBD at 12:01PM – TBD at Noon: Late fee currently suspended

Applications submitted after 12:00 pm EST on TBD will be denied.

Spring – April 2021

Submission period begins January 5, 2021. If your graduation application is submitted by:

  • October 28 – January 27 at Noon: No late fee
  • January 27 at 12:01pm – March 5 at Noon: Late fee currently suspended
  • March 5 at 12:01pm – March 26 at Noon: Late fee currently suspended
  • March 26 at 12:01 pm – April 1 at Noon: Late fee currently suspended

Applications submitted after 12:00 pm EST on April 1 will be denied.

Summer - August 2021

Submission period begins May 3, 2021. If your graduation application is submitted by:

  • May 3 – May 28 at Noon: No late fee
  • May 28 at 12:01pm – July 1 at Noon: $15 fee
  • July 1 at 12:01pm – July 18 at Noon: $25 fee
  • July 18 at 12:01 pm – August 3 at Noon: $35 fee

Applications submitted after 12:00 pm EST on August 3 will be denied.

Electronic Thesis Instructions and Deadlines

Graduate students who are publishing an electronic thesis as a part of a degree requirement must also submit all materials outlined in the After You Defend section of the ETD website.

  • Every item listed must be completed by the school’s ETD and Paperwork deadline or your graduation will be postponed to the following term.
  • The ETD Approval Form contains a checklist for students to follow – only pages 1-2 of the ETD Approval Form need to be submitted; the checklist is for the use of the student only. This form should be sent for signatures via DocuSign, with a completed copy submitted to the ETD Coordinator (bml19@pitt.edu). If you do not have DocuSign access through the University, you may either create a free account or reach out to your department/program administrator for assistance.
  • To pay the ETD processing fee:
    • Email payments@pitt.edu with your name, student ID, and the fee amount.
    • The Student Payment Center will post the fee to PittPAY so you can pay it online.
    • PittPAY will email you a receipt that you can forward to the ETD Coordinator.

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Deadlines

For thesis and dissertation authors only. Submit all materials outlined in the After You Defend section of the ETD website by the following deadlines:

  • Fall 2021 – TBD
  • Spring 2021 – April 27
  • Summer 2021 – August 3