Graduation & Diplomas

Pick-up and Mailing: 
Students not attending the Commencement ceremony, and Continuing Master’s students, may pick up their diploma at the Registrar’s Office starting the day after conferral. 

Students wishing to have the diploma mailed may submit the Diploma Mailing Request form along with a bank check or Money Order. Diplomas are sent via FedEx and a signature is required at the time of delivery for all domestic shipments. The fee is $15 for the United States, $25 for Canada and Mexico, and $40 for mailing abroad.

Replacement Diplomas: 
In the event that a diploma is lost, stolen or damaged, a request for a replacement may be sent to transcripts@fas.harvard.edu. The cost for a replacement diploma is $100.00, and the process may take four to six weeks from the time it is ordered. The new diploma will bear a statement in the lower margin by the Secretary to the Corporation certifying that the diploma is, in substance, a copy of the original.  The names of the officials in office at the time that the original diploma was printed will appear on the diploma without the signatures.

Commencement:
All students who graduate in November, March and May of the academic year may participate in the Commencement celebration in May. In April, the Commencement Office sends information about the Commencement Day schedule, tickets, and academic regalia to all recipients of November and March degrees and all applicants for May degrees.

Graduation Rates:
You can access the Graduation Rates Reports pdf file.

 

 

November 2016

March 2017

May 2017

Application Deadline

August 8, 2016

November 28, 2016

March 24, 2017

Dissertation Deadline

September 9, 2016

January 20, 2017

May 12, 2017

Degree Conferral

November 8, 2016

March 14, 2017

May 25, 2017

 

Degree Application:

Students who wish to obtain a degree must formally apply within their my.harvard account. The link can be found on the Student Home page. PhD students must also provide a completion code for the GSAS Exit Survey within the application.

In unusual circumstances late applications may be accepted for the one week past the deadline only; a late fee of $50 will be applied to the student term bill.

If a student applies but does not receive the degree, a new application must to be submitted for a future degree conferral date.

In order for the degree to be granted, the Department must register an official Recommendation in the Degree Tracker. Recommendations are due on the dissertation deadline of the particular degree. Instructions on how to navigate the Graduation Tracker can be found here.

Tuition Requirements for Graduating PhD students:

All PhD students must register continuously until completion of the requirements for the degree.  PhD candidates must have paid two years of Full tuition and two years of Reduced tuition before receipt of the degree, unless they have completed the PhD in less than four years from initial registration.  All PhD candidates must pay the PhD fee, equal to Facilities Fee, in their last term of registration (unless a higher tuition has been paid).   This final charge is billed when a student applies for the degree; unless the student has already paid the Facilities fee for the term.

For students receiving degrees in November, the last term of registration is the previous spring term. For degrees in March the last term is the previous fall. For degrees in May the last term is the spring term (except that May degree candidates filing dissertations by February 3, 2017 who do not register or pay tuition for the spring term).  Students who are uncertain whether they will finish in time for degrees in November or March are encouraged to register for the fall or spring terms respectively, either in residence or on leave of absence, to avoid late registration fees if they miss the degree deadlines.  Should they finish in time, their registration for the term will be cancelled. Student health insurance expires on the last day of coverage for the last term of enrollment. Please visit HUHS for more information. 

Undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences planning to graduate in one of the three official degree periods (November, March, or May) must submit a degree application confirming their intent to complete the A.B. or S.B. degree in a specific degree period. The degree application is available on my.harvard.edu. The application must be submitted by the deadline designated in the Academic Calendar section of the current year Handbook for Students for the period during which the degree is expected to be completed.

The November 2016 degree application will be available starting in August 2016.

Questions regarding the House ceremony on Commencement Day should be referred to your Allston Burr Assistant Dean. Please refer to the student handbook for honors information.

The following grade point average thresholds were established by the Faculty for awarding degrees magna cum laude and cum laude in field for the May 2016 degree period:

magna cum laude in field -- 3.794

cum laude in field -- 3.538

cum laude -- 3.794

 

Questions about qualifying for honors degrees should be directed to your Assistant Dean or department.