Graduation involves two different events: commencement and degree certification.

Commencement is the ceremony for conferring graduate degrees. There is one university-wide Advanced Degree Ceremony at the end of fall, spring, and summer B/C terms.

Degree certification is the awarding of the degree based on the satisfaction of requirements to complete the degree. Degrees are certified 3 times per year: December, May, and August during the week following the commencement.

You must always apply for graduation by the published deadline, in order to have your degree certified and awarded, whether you choose to attend the commencement ceremony or not.

Please click on the following links to learn details about the graduation process.


Graduate students are responsible for meeting all published deadlines.

Degree Application

All students are required to submit an application for degree via ISIS for the term in which a degree is to be awarded.

Thesis and Dissertation

Submit your thesis or dissertation and track the submission of data related to the ETD process through this convenient and easy-to-use online portal.

Degree Criteria for Year of Admission

Catalog year determines the set of academic requirements that must be fulfilled for graduation. Students graduate under the catalog in effect when they first enroll as degree-seeking students at UF provided they maintain continuous enrollment.


We have developed a checklist to assist you with your graduation. All graduate students should refer to the Graduate School Graduation Checklist. Students completing a thesis or dissertation need to review the additional checklists regarding these specific requirements.


Graduates who are to receive advanced degrees are urged to attend Commencement to accept in person the honor indicated by the appropriate hood.




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