Policy in Catalog:

Graduation Policy in the School of Marine Science Graduate Catalog

Forms & Surveys:

Apply Online for Graduation
Notice of Candidacy for Graduation
SMS Graduate Survey (all students)
Survey of Earned Doctorates (PhD students only)
Student Checkout (DocuSign | View Sample)


Electronic Thesis or Dissertation (ETD) Submission
Capstone Acceptance
Important Dates & Deadlines

Applying for Graduation:

In order to be reviewed for graduation, you must first complete the online graduation application in Banner Self Service within your window of opportunity (see below). Instructions are provided for your convenience. Once you have submitted the application, any changes must be made manually by submitting a Notice of Candidacy form.

The College has instituted a one-time, non-refundable graduation fee that will be charged to your student account upon applying for graduation. Payment of the fee will be due within 30 days. Changes to your graduation date will not result in additional fees.

If you have any difficulty with completing the online graduation application, contact the [[registrar, SMS Registrar]] or [[w|wdurba, Wendy Urbano]], the University's Graduation Coordinator, at (757) 221-2807.

Important Deadlines and Dates for Graduation:
Graduation Important Dates and Deadlines
Semester of degree completion: Online graduation application will be open: Degree conferral date: W&M Commencement  Exercises & VIMS Diploma Ceremony: Complete defense or capstone presentation by: Submit ETD via ProQuest or capstone acceptance by:
Fall 2023 Jan 14, 2023 thru Sept 1, 2023 Jan 19, 2024 May 17-19, 2024 Nov 17, 2023 
(Before Thanksgiving Week)
Dec 8, 2023
Spring 2024 Jan 14, 2023 thru Jan 15, 2024 May 18, 2024 May 17-19, 2024 Apr 19, 2024 May 3, 2024
Summer 2024 Jan 14, 2023 thru Jan 15, 2024 Aug 23, 2024 May 16-18, 2025 July 19, 2024 Aug 2, 2024

Last Updated on September 19, 2023 by J. Hay