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 commencement.

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, damaged, or you’ve had a name change, a request for a replacement can be made to replacement@fas.harvard.edu. Please attach a signed cover letter explaining the reason for the replacement request.

Lost or Stolen- If the diploma was lost or stolen, we require some type of proof, be it an insurance claim or notarized statement stating the facts.

Damaged- If destroyed or significantly damaged, the original diploma must be returned with the request for a replacement diploma. Once you have placed the damaged diploma in the mail kindly provide us with the tracking information and we can proceed with your request. If destroyed in a fire or any other catastrophic event, you must submit a police or insurance report.

Name Change- If you are requesting a replacement due to a name change, notarized proof of legal name change documentation that lists your old name and new name must be submitted. The original diploma must be returned with the request for replacement diploma.

The cost for a replacement diploma is $150.00, and the process may take four to six weeks from the time your order is received. 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.

*Replacement Diplomas are not issued to Family members of Alumni.

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 2019

 March 2020

 May 2020

Application Deadline

 August 1, 2019

 December 1, 2019  

  April 1, 2020

Dissertation Deadline

September 8, 2019*

   (September 9, 2019)*    

 January 21, 2020  

    May 14, 2020   

Degree Conferral

 November 12, 2019

March 10, 2020 

   May 28, 2020  

*Students who wish to retain health coverage for the Fall 2019 term (through January 31, 2020) and who would like to be charged accordingly should submit the dissertation on September 9, 2019.

Degree Application:

Students who wish to obtain a degree must formally apply.  The degree application is available through your "My Program" on my.Harvard.edu. PhD students must also provide a completion code for the GSAS Exit Survey within the application.  Detailed instructions on how to apply can be found in the Knowledge Center.

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 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 May degree candidates filing dissertations by specific date 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 through your "My Program" page on my.harvard.edu. Detailed instructions on how to apply can be found in the Knowledge Center. 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.

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

The following grade point average thresholds were established by the Faculty for awarding degrees summa cum laude, magna cum laude and cum laude in field for the May 2019 degree period:

summa cum laude in field -- 3.941

magna cum laude in field -- 3.846

cum laude in field -- 3.623

cum laude -- 3.846

Questions about qualifying for honors degrees should be directed to your concentration or resident dean.