Policy in Catalog:

MS Degree Requirements in the School of Marine Science Graduate Catalog
PhD Degree Requirements 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


Electronic Thesis or Dissertation (ETD) Submission
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 you will be completing your degree requirements: Window of opportunity to apply online for graduation: Degree conferral date (the date that will appear on your diploma and transcript: You will be invited to walk in cap & gown in the following commencement ceremony: Students should  complete their defense by: Students must submit final thesis or dissertation through ProQuest by:
Fall 2021 Feb 15 - Oct 1, 2021 January 21, 2022 May 21, 2022 November 19, 2021 (Before Thanksgiving Break) December 10, 2021
Spring 2022 Feb 15 - Oct 1, 2021 May 21, 2022 May 21, 2022 April 22, 2022 May 6, 2022
Summer 2022 Feb 15 - Oct 1, 2021 August 26, 2022 May 20, 2023 July 22, 2022 August 5, 2022

Last Updated on September 14, 2021 by J. Hay