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  Graduate School-New Brunswick 2012-2014 Degree Requirements Graduation  


When entering their final semester, candidates who anticipate a faculty recommendation for conferral of the degree are required to follow the procedures listed below:

1. Ensure that all academic requirements are being completed. If a student is unable to do so by the deadline date, both forms listed below must be refiled for a later-dated diploma.

2. Ensure that related fees and any outstanding debts to the university are paid.

3. Submit the completed candidacy application form by the announced deadline, normally in early January, May, or October.

4. Submit a diploma application through the New Brunswick registrar's website by the announced deadline, normally January 2, March 15, or October 1.

Once the application deadline has passed, the website will not allow an application to be submitted. Permission of the Office of the Dean is required to file exceptionally.

If the application is not filed by the deadline, the degree cannot be conferred as scheduled, and graduation will be delayed. Students must refile for a later degree date if the deadline has passed.

All forms are available from the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School. Students are urged to submit the appropriate forms in advance of the deadlines, if possible. It is the responsibility of the student to complete all requirements for graduation by the scheduled dates. All students should consult with the graduate director of their programs and with the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School about completing the requirements for graduation.

Conferral of degrees occurs once a year at the annual spring commencement. However, students who file the applications and complete all other requirements for the degree by the announced October or January dates will get a diploma dated for the respective month. Doctoral diplomas are distributed at the annual spring commencement. Master's diplomas will be mailed or may be picked up by the student at the registrar's office in accordance with the student's expressed preference at the time of filing the online diploma application. October- and January-dated diplomas are available by November and February, respectively. Any student who does not wish to attend commencement is asked to indicate that fact on the diploma application. Students may request a temporary certificate of completion by submitting a written request to the university registrar (Administrative Services Building, Busch Campus). This request form may be obtained at the dean's office.

The diploma will be withheld from any student who has a financial obligation to the university.

All forms can be found on the graduate school website:
For additional information, contact RU-info at 732-445-info (4636) or
Comments and corrections to: Campus Information Services.

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