You’ve submitted your graduation packet, so what’s next to prepare for May Commencement?
We invite our August 2023 graduate degree recipients, February 2024 undergraduate and graduate degree recipients, May 2024 undergraduate and graduate degree candidates and, by petition only, August 2024 undergraduate and graduate degree candidates to participate in the May 2024 Commencement ceremony.
- August 2024 A&S graduate degree candidates must complete this petition by March 30th to be eligible to participate in the May 2024 ceremony.
- August 2024 SOE graduate degree candidates must complete this petition by March 30th to be eligible to participate in the May 2024 ceremony.
- August 2024 undergraduate degree candidates must complete this petition to be eligible to obtain a marching card.
Review the timeline below for details on what you need to do leading up to Commencement Day on May 19, 2024.
|May and August undergraduate degree candidates must submit their graduation materials by November 30. Review instructions.
|Undergraduate students may review their Graduation Status in SIS. A status of “Applied for Graduation” means graduation materials have not been received.
|A status of “Program in Review” means graduation materials have been received and are being reviewed by Student Services. Please allow at least 5-7 business days, from packet submission, for this status to be updated.
|You will be contacted directly if there are any concerns with your graduation requirements. We will aim to reach out to you before the Spring add deadline so there is time to address any issues.
|January - February
|May graduate degree candidates must apply for graduation and submit their graduate degree sheet by March 15. Review instructions.
|Caps and gowns are available for pre-order online through March 1. Cap and gown pricing information is available on the Commencement website.
|On-campus lodging reservations are available online from February 1-April 30.
|Enter Diploma Name and Diploma Mailing Address in SIS by March 15. Review instructions.
|My Commencement goes live in early April. You will be asked to select which Commencement Ceremony you will attend for Phase II departmental ceremonies based on your program and or major(s), the number of guests you anticipate attending, and undergraduates will select their alignment area for Phase I; graduate students will all align in the same location. You will receive more instructions via email before the site is live, however, you can submit this information in SIS, by choosing “My Graduation Status”. Make sure to choose submit after you enter your choices!
|Caps, gowns, and hoods are available for purchase (and pick-up for online pre-orders) at the Bookstore in early April. Cap and gown information is available on the Commencement website.
|Commencement announcement cards are available in the Campus Center in early April.
|All May degree candidates are encouraged to check SIS for any outstanding balances and/or holds that may interfere with Commencement participation or receipt of their diploma. May degree candidates who have received federal loans must complete online exit loan counseling.
|Commencement luncheon tickets may be reserved and purchased via Tufts Tickets. Graduates can receive up to three complimentary luncheon tickets, but must reserve their tickets online. Graduates may purchase additional luncheon tickets. Sale dates, deadlines, and pricing are available on the commencement website.
|May and August undergraduate degree candidates are required to complete the Senior Survey before they are eligible to pick up their marching card. Graduate students are required to complete the Graduate Exit Survey.
|An Exit Loan Counseling interview session is a federal requirement for all graduating student loan borrowers. If you have borrowed Federal Direct Student loans, including Stafford, Subsidized, Unsubsidized, or a Tufts Loan at any time while at Tufts, you must complete the exit interview online. Additional information is available at http://go.tufts.edu/loanrepay. Students must complete their exit counseling, if applicable, before they are eligible to pick up their marching card.
|Grade changes, and transfer credits for May degree candidates must be posted to the transcript by the first Friday in May.
|Undergraduates may pick up their marching card in Dowling Hall on Friday, May 17, 2024 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a photo ID (Tufts ID is prefered). If you are unable to pick up your marching card, you may designate someone to pick it up on your behalf by contacting Student Services in advance for instructions.
|Graduate students may pick up your marching card in Dowling Hall beginning Tuesday, May 14, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a photo ID (Tufts ID is prefered) through Friday May 17th at 5pm. If you are unable to pick up your marching card, you may designate someone to pick it up on your behalf by, contact Student Services in advance for instructions.
|Both graduate and undergraduate students may also pick up their marching card from Student Services on Commencement Day beginning at 8:00am, however, it is advised to come well in advance of the Phase I ceremony. Awarded Latin Honors and Senior Thesis Honors will be available to view in SIS beginning at 10:00am on the Friday before Commencement.
|The Board of Trustees vote occurs during Commencement weekend and students may request an updated official transcript 1-3 business days following Commencement. As a May degree recipient, your diploma will be mailed to your diploma address, as entered in SIS as of your degree conferral date, 10 business days after your degree conferral. In the absence of a diploma mailing address, your diploma will be mailed to the home address as entered in SIS as of your degree conferral date.
Frequently Asked Questions
Sign-ups are not required but we do ask that you let us know which events you plan to attend and how many guests you anticipate so we can provide a comfortable day for all. These responses will be collected in the My Commencement site in SIS. Once the site is live, you can click on My Graduation Status in SIS to access the sign-up form. You can only access this page if you are in one of the approved invited degree candidate/recipient cycles as noted above and have applied for graduation.
If you do not sign up before the form closes, you can still attend commencement, but you may not be able to select your preferred alignment area. Your printed Marching Card will reflect an assigned alignment area and the Phase II location for your primary major or program’s.
Since tickets are not required for Commencement, you are welcome to bring any number of guests and do not need to notify Student Services if the numbers change.
The My Graduation Status button will show up on the left side of your homepage in SIS. You can also access it by choosing Apply for Graduation under Academics.
For undergraduate students, after you submit your graduation packet materials and they have been received, your status will show as "In Review" or "Program in Review". These statuses will remain until after you have graduated and mean that we have your graduation materials and we will reach out to you with any questions. If your graduation status says "In Review" and you have not heard anything since submitting your packet, that means that you are on track to graduate, pending successful completion of your remaining courses.
You can make changes until the form closes. If you were hoping to change your Phase II events, you are welcome to attend any of your department ceremonies but your marching card will only be printed with the ceremony you chose before the form closed. If you did not make a choice, your card will be printed with Phase II event information for your primary major or program. If you were looking to change the number of guests who will attend, this is unnecessary. We ask students to estimate the number of guests to provide a comfortable day for all, please estimate the number of family and guests who will attend the ceremonies, exact numbers and tickets are not required.
Check-in with Student Services when you pick up your marching card to make sure you know the correct time and location of the Phase II ceremony you wish to attend.
You are welcome to attend the other, or both, department ceremonies but your marching card will only be printed with the ceremony you chose before the form closed. Check-in with Student Services when you pick up your marching card to make sure you know the correct time and location of the Phase II ceremony you wish to attend.
There are a limited number of spaces on Tisch Roof and for each alignment area. If Tisch Roof has no remaining spaces, undergraduate students will need to choose either Miller Hall or Braker Hall. All graduate students line up in the same location.
You can sign up for and attend both departmental Phase II ceremonies if they do not conflict. You should select both events when completing the form and will receive two marching cards.
Students are not formally attended to invite Phase II ceremonies for minors.