Apply to Graduate

How to Apply

Step 1: Apply via my.harvard


Step 2: Review/update your diploma name


Your middle name will only be visible when you add it to your diploma name – it won't be visible elsewhere in my.harvard.

Important: For students graduating in May 2022, April 15, 2022 is the deadline to make changes to your diploma name. We cannot make changes to your diploma name once the deadline passes. 

Step 3: Review your diploma information

Click on the My Program tab in your my.harvard student home. 

  • Harvard College: Check your Concentration, Secondary, and Language Citations
  • GSAS: Check the name of your field for your PhD and your Masters 

Step 4: Check your application status

You can double-check the status of the application by clicking on the My Program tab in your my.harvard student home. The status will remain as Application for Graduation Submitted until the degree is conferred.  

  • We will only contact you if there is a problem with your application. 
  • If you have any questions or concerns about the status of your application, please reach out to your department.

When to Apply

The time of year you will graduate depends on when you complete your degree requirements.

November Degree Candidates

Students who finish degree requirements in the summer or defend dissertations in early September.

November 2022 Graduation Deadlines

Applications Open: 

Friday, July 1, 2022

Application Deadline:

Monday, August 1, 2022 

Degree Recommendations Open:

Friday, August 5, 2022 

Degree Recommendations Due:

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 

Degree Conferral:

Tuesday, November 8, 2022 

March Degree Candidates

Students who finish degree requirements in the fall term.

March 2023 Graduation Deadlines

Applications Open:

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Applications Due:

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Degree Recommendations Open:

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Degree Recommendations Due:

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Degree Conferral:

Tuesday, March 7, 2023 

May Degree Candidates

Students who finish degree requirements in the spring term.

May 2023 Graduation Deadlines

Applications Open:

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Applications Due:

Monday, April 3, 2023

Degree Recommendations Open:

Thursday, April 6, 2023

Degree Recommendations Due:

Thursday, May 18, 2023 

Degree Conferral:

Thursday, May 25, 2023 


Need Assistance?

Graduation Support

Visit: Academic Department to contact your Department

  • for questions about meeting degree requirements

VisitResident Dean to contact your Resident Dean

  • for questions about graduation

Visit: Commencement Office website

  • for information on Commencement