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Graduation/Commencement

Students planning to graduate should register for commencement through their myNortheastern account during the commencement application time periods. The application for December 2017, May 2018, and August 2018 will be opened in early fall. Using the Self-Service tab, a Commencement link is located at the bottom left corner of the screen. Choose the My Commencement option and complete the questionnaire provided. The questionnaire takes approximately 5 minutes to complete and is REQUIRED in order to add your name to the official Degree Conferral List and to ensure the accuracy of your degree.

Completing both a degree and a certificate program?
You must complete the application to graduate for the certificate first, then the degree, in that order. If you complete the application to graduate for the degree first, the system will lock you out and you will not have access to the application for the degree.

BS/MS Student?
When you apply to graduate in myNortheastern, you will first be able to apply to graduate for your Bachelor's Degree only. You will not see an application to graduate for your Master's Degree. Your academic adviser will inform the Graduate School of Engineering (GSE) at the beginning of your last semester that you are intending to graduate, and you will receive an email from GSE informing you of the steps you must take to apply to graduate with your Master's Degree.

Graduation Dates & Deadlines

May 2, 2018 Degree Conferral Deadlines

IMPORTANT: The MyCommencement link will open in early fall for the May degree conferral. All students who wish to graduate are required by the University to complete the MyCommencement graduation application form online via myNortheastern, this ensures students names are added to the official Degree Conferral list. The Commencement link is located at the bottom left of the Self-Service tab and takes 5 minutes to complete. GSE will review graduating student files and contact those students regarding any outstanding academic requirements.

Note to students completing both a degree and a Certificate program simultaneously: You must complete the application to graduate for the Certificate first, then the degree, in that order. If you complete the application to graduate for the degree first, the system will lock you out and you will not have access to the application for the degree.

April 23, 2018, 5pm: Final MS Thesis/PhD Dissertation and signed Approval Record due in the Graduate School
Students submitting after this date will be required to register for Thesis/Dissertation Continuation in the Summer 2018 term. Tuition is billed at 1 semester hour for this course.

April 28, 2018: MS Thesis and PhD Dissertation electronic upload to the ProQuest system
The document should not be uploaded until the student has been notified of final approval by the Associate Dean for Graduate Education in the Graduate School of Engineering.

April 28, 2018: PhD graduates to complete the Survey of Earned Doctorates
Instructions to complete the survey will be emailed to the student when the Dissertation has been approved by the Associate Dean for Graduate Education in the Graduate School of Engineering.

Diploma: Please note diplomas will not be distributed at the ceremonies. Diplomas are expected to be mailed by June 8, 2018. If you have any concerns, please contact the Commencement Office directly at commencement@neu.edu.

May 2018 Commencement Ceremony Eligibility:

May 2, 2018: PhD Hooding and Graduation Ceremony

Doctor of Philosophy candidates who were awarded the PhD degree on August 31, 2017 or December 16, 2017, or who are cleared to graduate for the May 2, 2018 degree conferral are eligible to participate in the May 2018 PhD Hooding and Graduation Ceremony, on May 2, 2018.

Doctor of Philosophy candidates who are expected to complete their degree for August 2018 are not eligible to participate in the May 2018 PhD Hooding and Graduation Ceremony, but are eligible for the May 2019 Ceremony.

May 2, 2018: Degree Conferral and MS Commencement Ceremony

MS candidates who were awarded the MS degree on December 16, 2017, or who are expected to be awarded their degree on May 2, 2018 or August 2018 are eligible to participate in the May 2, 2018 MS Commencement Ceremony.


August 30, 2018 Degree Conferral Deadlines

IMPORTANT: The MyCommencement link will open in early Fall 2017 for the August 2018 degree conferral. All students who wish to graduate are required by the University to complete the MyCommencement graduation application form online via their myNortheastern account, this ensures students names are added to the official Degree Conferral list. The Commencement link is located at the bottom left of the Self-Service tab and takes 5 minutes to complete. GSE will review graduating student files and contact those students regarding any outstanding academic requirements.

Note to students completing both a degree and a certificate program simultaneously: You must complete the application to graduate for the Certificate first, then the degree, in that order. If you complete the application to graduate for the degree first, the system will lock you out and you will not have access to the application for the degree.

August 20, 2018, 5pm: Final MS Thesis/PhD Dissertation and signed Approval Record due in the Graduate School
Students submitting after this date will be required to register for Thesis/Dissertation Continuation in the Fall 2018 term. Tuition is billed at 1 semester hour for this course.

August 25, 2018: MS Thesis and PhD Dissertation electronic upload to the ProQuest system
The document should not be uploaded until the student has been notified of final approval by the Associate Dean for Graduate Education in the Graduate School of Engineering.

August 25, 2018: PhD graduates to complete the Survey of Earned Doctorates
Instructions to complete the survey will be emailed to the student when the Dissertation has been approved by the Associate Dean for Graduate Education in the Graduate School of Engineering.

August 30, 2018: Summer Degree Conferral date

Diploma: Diplomas are mailed by the Commencement Office to the address provided by the student in the application to graduate. Diplomas are expected to be mailed in September. If you have any concerns, please contact the Commencement Office directly at commencement@neu.edu.

Commencement Ceremony Eligibility:

Doctor of Philosophy candidates who are awarded their degree in August 2018 are eligible for the May 2019 Ceremony.

MS candidates who are expected to be awarded their degree in August 2018 are eligible to participate in the May 2, 2018 MS Commencement Ceremony.


Additional Resources Regarding Graduation

Master’s Thesis or PhD Dissertation Resources


Graduation Clearance Procedures

  1. Please note the Graduate School of Engineering’s requirements for graduation:
    The Graduate School of Engineering must have on record an official copy of the student’s Undergraduate Degree Transcript and Degree Certificate (if transcript does not state “degree awarded”.) If the student entered a PhD program with a Master’s Degree, an official copy of the Master’s Degree must also be on record with the Graduate School of Engineering.

    All students must satisfactorily complete an approved program of correlated work of graduate caliber and such other study as may be required by the academic department in which they are enrolled.

    To qualify for any degree from the Graduate School, a student must attain a cumulative Quality Point Average (QPA) of 3.000 or higher with no more than eight semester hours below the grade of ‘B-’ in all courses applied toward that degree, exclusive of any prerequisite courses. However, prerequisite courses are calculated into the QPA. The Committee on Graduate Study in Engineering allows students to take eight semester hours of credit beyond stated minimum degree requirements for the purpose of repeating failed required courses or substituting for elective courses in order to attain the required 3.000 QPA for the completion of degree requirements. Within the above limitations for extra or repeated courses, a student must repeat any required course in which s/he earned a grade of ‘F’ and earn a grade of ‘C-’ or better. Students entering their degree program in Fall 2013 and beyond must repeat any required course in which s/he earned a grade below a ‘C’ and earn a grade of ‘C’ or better.

    Students must be registered in their last semester of study, including and especially those in thesis or dissertation continuation. Students finishing their requirements in the summer semester must be registered in Full Summer, Summer 1 or Summer 2.
  2. All students must initiate the graduation clearance process.
    By registering for graduation via your myNortheastern account. This will place your name on the graduation list and start the graduation clearance process. If you receive an error message when you try to Apply to Graduate, please come to the front desk of the Graduate School in 130 Snell Engineering
  3. Review your academic transcript for accuracy. Unofficial transcripts are available via your myNortheastern account. Contact your academic adviser with any questions regarding your transcript.
  4. Ensure that you have met all departmental requirements, such as the required number of semester hours. If you haven’t done so already, submit a petition form to your academic adviser for courses you have taken that are outside the list of approved electives for your program or for core course waivers.
  5. Ensure that all of your financial obligations have been met. Go to Student Financial Services, 354 Richards Hall, to verify your status. In order for your diploma to be released, financial obligations must be met before the graduation date
  6. Your academic record will be reviewed by the Graduate School of Engineering and you will receive an email during the last semester of your study regarding any outstanding academic requirements for graduation.

BS/MS Students: The Graduate School of Engineering clears you to graduate with your Master's Degree. Your undergraduate student services advisor clears you for your Bachelor's Degree.