2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin

Commencement Ceremonies

Formal Commencement ceremonies are held at the University of Denver at the end of the spring and summer terms.

Participating in commencement does not constitute official graduation. It is a celebration that signifies the completion of the appropriate degree requirements and has no academic or legal implications.

Commencement Program   

The Commencement program lists the names of all graduation candidates who applied at the appropriate time to receive degrees at that specific commencement ceremony. The appearance of a name in the program does not guarantee a student’s graduation at that time unless all degree requirements have been completed.

Spring Commencement    

Spring Semester

The Sturm College of Law’s Spring Commencement occurs at the end of the spring semester, normally in mid-May. Students who have completed all graduation requirements during autumn or spring semester of the current academic year are invited to participate in the ceremony.

Spring Quarter

Commencement occurs at the end of the spring quarter, normally in early June. Students who have completed all graduation requirements during autumn, winter, or spring quarters of the current academic year are invited to participate in the ceremony.

Summer Commencement   

Summer Commencement occurs at the end of summer session, normally in mid-August. Students who have completed all graduation requirements during summer session are invited to participate in the ceremony.

Request to Participate in Commencement Ceremony for Students not Graduating    

Students who have not completed their degrees may request to participate in the Graduate Commencement Ceremony only if the following parameters have been met for each eligible term:

Requirements for Walking in Spring Ceremony

  • Submit the Graduate Request to Participate in Commencement Ceremony for Students Not Graduating form to the Associate Provost or the Associate Provost's designee no later than two weeks prior to the graduation date.
  • File for graduation within the required time frame.
  • Eligibility as a candidate for graduation for the subsequent summer quarter.
  • Candidate is within fiveshy;-credit hours of degree completion, including resolving any incomplete grades.
  • Registration for final program requirements in the summer interterm or in summer quarter.
  • Complete all non-course degree requirements (e.g., internships, practicum, major research paper) two weeks prior to the end of spring quarter.
  • If a thesis or dissertation is required for the degree, complete the defense within the first six weeks of the subsequent summer quarter. The defense date must be on file with the Office of Graduate Studies.

Requirements for Walking in Summer Ceremony

  • Submit the Graduate Request to Participate in Commencement Ceremony for Students Not Graduating form to the Associate Provost or the Associate Provost's designee no later than two weeks prior to the graduation date.
  • File for graduation within the required time frame.
  • Eligibility as a candidate for graduation for the subsequent fall quarter.
  • Candidate is within five-credit hours of completing the degree, including resolving any incomplete grades.
  • Registration for final requirements in or before the subsequent fall quarter.
  • Complete all non-course degree requirements (e.g., internships, practicum, major research paper) two weeks prior to the end of summer quarter.
  • If a thesis or dissertation is required for the degree, the defense must be complete within the first six weeks of the subsequent fall quarter. The defense date must be on file with the Office of Graduate Studies.

Forms requesting to walk in either the Spring or Summer commencement ceremonies should be returned to the appropriate student services office for approval from the unit and the Associate Provost for Graduate Studies. Students may be approved to walk in commencement up until two weeks before of the end of the term, but a student’s name may not appear in the commencement program if requests are received only one month prior to the commencement ceremony.

Diplomas    

A diploma is a ceremonial University document which verifies the University has granted a degree to the student.

Diplomas are not issued until all degree requirements are complete, grades are posted, outstanding accounts with the University are paid and any holds are cleared. Students may check for any holds and posting of grades on their student record online.

Diploma Name Policy

The student name listed on a diploma or certificate must match the official name on file at the University (first name, middle name, last name) with the following exceptions:

  • Option of first name or initial
  • Option of diminutive or alternate form for the first name
  • Omission of the first name when the middle name is used as a salutary name
  • Option of middle name or initial
  • Omission of the middle name
  • Inclusion of former or maiden name
  • Inclusion of proper capitalization and accentuation of name
  • Inclusion of Hispanic maternal surnames

Neither titles nor degrees previously earned will be included as part of a graduate's name on a diploma.

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