Close to Graduating?
Before you walk the stage and are handed your degree, you’ll need to be sure all your graduation affairs are in order. Here is some information you need to know about graduation. View the applicable graduation instructions to make sure you have all your forms and exams submitted correctly and on schedule.
THESIS & Graduation Instructions: Includes timeline for final oral exam/thesis defense, thesis requirements, and procedures after the final oral exam
Graduation Instructions for NON-THESIS: Provides timeline and process for non-thesis Master's students
Dissertation & Graduation Instructions: Includes timeline for final oral exam/dissertation defense, dissertation requirements, and procedures after the final oral exam
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Application for Degree
When you’re ready to graduate, you’ll need to use MyRecords to fill out an Application for Degree and pay the application fee. The Office of Graduate Studies will email you before the application cycle opens.
The Application for Degree automatically appears on the MyRecords homepage based on your expected graduation term. If you’re unable to view the Application for Degree during the application cycle that you’re graduating in, contact the Office of Academic Records to have your expected graduation term updated.
This celebratory event is held exclusively for graduates of the UNMC Graduate Studies program. Each graduate will be recognized individually, taking note of the unique and outstanding achievements of their graduate school years. Commemorative pins will be presented to each graduate, special awards will be announced, and graduates will be hooded at the ceremony.
What to Wear
Graduating students, their mentors, and individuals participating in the program must wear academic attire (cap, gown and hoods). Professional dress and dress shoes are also required. You will not be able to participate if you do not have your academic attire.
To avoid wrinkles, please bring your robe/gown with you and put it on after you arrive. Signs will be posted to direct you to the robing area.
Graduating M.S. and Ph.D. students as well as their mentors/PIs should attend. Of course, family and friends can come, too! Faculty are also encouraged to attend as audience members.
Where to Go
The ceremony is held in the Stanley and Dorothy Truhlsen Lecture Hall, on the lower level of the Durham Museum. Get directions.
All UNMC graduates will receive their diplomas at this event. Information about the ceremony can be found on the UNMC Commencement website, including details about application deadlines and attire pick-up.
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