*BSU Teacher Education Program - Education students should contact the BSU office on Camp Foster, Okinawa, for separate guidelines on graduation and commencement procedures, as some of the information below does not apply.
Certificate/Graduation Application Deadlines
Students expecting to complete the requirements for a certificate or degree program must apply for graduation through MyUMUC and pay the $50 Graduation Application fee. Certificate/Graduation Applications are available through the MyUMUC Student Portal.
It is recommended that students apply for graduation when they are within the number of credits listed below:
- Certificate: A student within 6 credits of completing certificate requirements.
- Associate's Degree: A student within 9 credits of completing degree requirements.
- Bachelor's Degree: A student within 15 credits of completing the degree requirements for a BA or BS degree.
The completed Graduation Application should be submitted in accordance with the following:
Deadlines for Applying for Certificates and Degrees
The completed application must be received by the Office of Student Affairs in accordance with the following schedule:
|Graduation Term||Application Deadline||Expected Graduation|
|Fall||1 October||30 December|
|Spring||15 February||30 May|
|Summer||15 June||30 August|
Students whose applications are received after these deadlines will be considered for the next scheduled graduation.
NOTE: The three graduation dates when degrees are awarded are not the same as the dates Commencement ceremonies are held in Asia.
A graduation review will be prepared for each degree/certificate applicant. This review confirms remaining requirements. If the remaining requirements include marks of I (Incomplete) to be removed, courses to be transferred from other institutions, credit by examination, or military credit, the student must ensure that this work is completed and that official documentation reaches
University of Maryland University College
Attn: Transcripts Office
3501 University Blvd. East
Adelphi, MD 20783-8075
no later than the expected graduation date.
Non-Completion of Certificate & Degree Requirements
Students who do not complete their requirements in time for the graduation date for which they applied must submit a new application and the $50 fee. Students will be informed of any remaining certificate or degree requirements.
Conference courses are exceptional and can only be conducted for a UMUC degree candidate who is within 9 credits of completing bachelor's degree requirements. All of the following criteria must be met:
- The student has submitted a Graduation Application for the next graduation date, i.e. fall, spring, or summer;
- The student must be within nine credits of completion of baccalaureate degree requirements;
- The required course is not available to the student before the proposed graduation date, either on-site or online in any UMUC campus (Adelphi, Asia, or Europe);
- The student has a valid reason for needing to complete the degree by that time, e.g. relocation, job offer, etc.
Permission from the Director, Student Affairs, must be requested in writing. Note: Mathematics, statistics, foreign language, and most computer, writing, and accounting courses require extensive interaction with a faculty member, either in the classroom or online, and are not offered as conference courses.
Commencement and Recognition Ceremonies
UMUC awards certificates and degrees in fall, spring, and summer of each academic year. Commencement ceremonies are held in Tokyo, Okinawa, Seoul, and Guam each spring, as well as recognition ceremonies at other locations. Graduates who receive the Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree during the current academic year (i.e., August, December and May graduations) are invited to attend these ceremonies. The dates of the Commencement ceremonies are not the same as the graduation dates when degrees are awarded. Graduates receive diplomas by postal mail.
Information regarding Commencement ceremonies is electronically mailed to graduates and prospective graduates in the early spring.