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Graduate Studies - Completion of Requirements and Award of Degree

California State University, Fullerton

current students
General Requirements
current students
Completion of Requirements and
Award of Degree

All course work for the degree, except final course examinations, should be submitted by the last day of classes, in order to assure granting of the degree by the end of the semester or session.

The degree is awarded upon the satisfactory completion of all state and university requirements, as well as the specific requirements approved on the student's graduate study plan. Award of the degree also requires the recommendation of the appropriate graduate program adviser and committee (advancement to candidacy), the approval of the faculty, and approval of the associate vice president, (or designee).

If a thesis is required, it must be deposited in the campus bookstore according to instructions shown under "Thesis and Dissertation Information" no later than the last day of final examinations for the semester or session in which the degree is to be awarded.

Applying for Graduation

Students must file an application for a graduation check and pay the $115.00 graduation and diploma fee prior to the beginning of the final semester. For detailed instructions on how to apply for a grad check, click here.

The last date to file the application is listed in the front inside cover of the Class Schedule for each regular semester and is posted on the Graduate Studies website. Candidates for summer (August) graduation must file their requests prior to registration for the spring semester. Students completing requirements during the summer must also obtain departmental approval prior to the summer term by filing a Petition for Summer Completion. The form is available in the Graduate Studies Office. The approved form must be returned to Graduate Studies during the spring semester.

Students who fail to complete requirements as planned must update the application for a graduation check and do so by the appropriate deadline. A fee of $10.00 is required to change the graduation date. Forms for applying for graduation and changing the graduation date are available at the Admissions and Records Service Center and the Graduate Studies Office.

Graduation and Commencement

The effective date of graduation will be the last day of the specific term in which requirements are completed.

Commencement ceremonies are held only at the end of the spring semester. Students completing requirements at the end of the fall and spring semesters and during the following summer may participate in those ceremonies.

Information concerning commencement activities is sent to students by college dean's offices usually in April of each year. There is also a Commencement website available with all details. Arrangements for cap, gown and hood rental are made in the campus bookstore, Titan Shops.