Graduation

Applying for Graduation

The Graduate Division of the School of Arts and Sciences oversees the review of all non-professional doctoral dissertations and Master's theses for the University. Consequently, degree candidates not just in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, but for all academic graduate degrees in all nine of the university's graduate schools must apply to this office when planning to graduate in any given term. 

For more information: https://www.sas.upenn.edu/graduate-division/resources/graduation-and-beyond

Graduation Calendar

Revised April 12, 2018

For PhD, AM, MS, and professional degrees in SAS and SEAS

August 2017

GAS begins accepting dissertations Thursday, June 1.

Action Date
Sign up April 25 through July 10
Late Sign‐up1 July 11- July 17
Defend by July 24
Deposit by July 31
Degree Awarded August 4
1

Late Sign up fee is $100. Names are purged from the Degree System after each degree cycle. A student who misses the degree deadlines must sign up again for the following degree cycle. Degree candidates may sign up on‐line for the next degree cycle as soon as the last degree cycle deadline is past. Students who apply for May degree after 3/16 will not be listed in the Commencement program.

December 2017

GAS begins accepting dissertations Monday, September 11.

Action Date
Sign up July 18 through November 20
Late Sign‐up1 November 21-27
Defend by Friday, October 13 & deposit by Monday, November 13 for fall tuition waiver
Defend by November 27
Deposit by December 4
Degree Awarded December 21
1

Late Sign up fee is $100. Names are purged from the Degree System after each degree cycle. A student who misses the degree deadlines must sign up again for the following degree cycle. Degree candidates may sign up on‐line for the next degree cycle as soon as the last degree cycle deadline is past. Students who apply for May degree after 3/16 will not be listed in the Commencement program.

May 2018

GAS begins accepting dissertations Wednesday, January 10.

Action Date
Sign up November 28 through April 16
Defend by Friday, February 16 & deposit by Friday, March 16 for spring tuition waiver
Late Sign‐up1 April 17-23
Defend by April 23
Deposit by April 30
Degree Awarded May 15
1

Late Sign up fee is $100. Names are purged from the Degree System after each degree cycle. A student who misses the degree deadlines must sign up again for the following degree cycle. Degree candidates may sign up on‐line for the next degree cycle as soon as the last degree cycle deadline is past. Students who apply for May degree after 3/16 will not be listed in the Commencement program.

August 2018

GAS begins accepting dissertations Thursday, May 31

Action Date
Sign up April 24 through July 9
Late Sign-Up1 July 10-16
Defend by July 23
Deposit by July 30
Degree Awarded August 3
1

Late Sign up fee is $100. Names are purged from the Degree System after each degree cycle. A student who misses the degree deadlines must sign up again for the following degree cycle. Degree candidates may sign up on‐line for the next degree cycle as soon as the last degree cycle deadline is past. Students who apply for May degree after 3/16 will not be listed in the Commencement program.

December 2018

GAS begins accepting dissertations Monday, September 10.

Action Date
Sign up July 17 through November 12
Defend by Friday, October 12 & deposit by Monday, November 12 for fall tuition waiver
Late Sign-Up1 November 13-19
Defend by November 19
Deposit by December 3
Degree Awarded December 20
1

Late Sign up fee is $100. Names are purged from the Degree System after each degree cycle. A student who misses the degree deadlines must sign up again for the following degree cycle. Degree candidates may sign up on‐line for the next degree cycle as soon as the last degree cycle deadline is past. Students who apply for May degree after 3/16 will not be listed in the Commencement program.

May 2019

GAS begins accepting dissertations Wednesday, January 9.

Action Date
Sign up November 20 through April 15
Defend by Friday, February 22 & deposit by Friday, March 22 for spring tuition waiver
Late Sign-Up1 April 16-22
Defend by April 22
Deposit by May 3
Degree Awarded May 20
1

Late Sign up fee is $100. Names are purged from the Degree System after each degree cycle. A student who misses the degree deadlines must sign up again for the following degree cycle. Degree candidates may sign up on‐line for the next degree cycle as soon as the last degree cycle deadline is past. Students who apply for May degree after 3/16 will not be listed in the Commencement program.

August 2019

GAS begins accepting dissertations Thursday, May 30

Action Date
Sign up April 23 through July 8
Late Sign-Up1 July 9-15
Defend by July 22
Deposit by July 29
Degree Awarded TBA
1

Late Sign up fee is $100. Names are purged from the Degree System after each degree cycle. A student who misses the degree deadlines must sign up again for the following degree cycle. Degree candidates may sign up on‐line for the next degree cycle as soon as the last degree cycle deadline is past. Students who apply for May degree after 3/16 will not be listed in the Commencement program.

December 2019

GAS begins accepting dissertations Monday, September 9.

Action Date
Sign up July 16 through November 18
Defend by Friday, October 11 and deposit by Monday, November 11 for fall tuition waiver
Late Sign‐up1 November 19-25
Defend by November 25
Deposit by December 2
Degree Awarded TBA
1

Late Sign up fee is $100. Names are purged from the Degree System after each degree cycle. A student who misses the degree deadlines must sign up again for the following degree cycle. Degree candidates may sign up on‐line for the next degree cycle as soon as the last degree cycle deadline is past. Students who apply for May degree after 3/16 will not be listed in the Commencement program.