Student Handbook: Graduation

You are required to participate in commencement and may be exempt from this requirement only through an excused absence from the Dean and Provost.
  • OFF-SCHEDULE GRADUATIONS If you have not met all curriculum objectives by the time of graduation, you may participate in the commencement ceremony only if the Student Progress Committee anticipates that you will complete all requirements no later than July 31 of that year. The diploma for students who complete graduation requirements later than the date originally scheduled will be awarded at the time requirements are completed and will reflect the date the requirements were completed.

    A year four student who has not completed all requirements by July 31, may elect to participate in the commencement ceremony with the next year’s class.


    You may choose to be hooded at commencement by a family member rather than by the faculty chosen by the class for hooding if both the following conditions are met:

    • The family member is a MD or PhD faculty member who has an appointment with the School of Medicine. Such appointment may be as a clinical associate.
    • The hooding family member is a parent, stepparent, grandparent, parent-in-law, spouse, or sibling of the graduate.