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Commencement at UNC Charlotte is held twice annually, once in December and once in May. It is important that students intending to graduate in a particular semester meet all the requirements by the published deadlines.  Applicants will be notified via email if additional information is needed in order to be cleared for graduation.  It should also be noted that a student must be enrolled in the semester or summer term in which he/she expects to graduate.

Commencement at UNC Charlotte Spring 2013

Participation in the Ceremony
In order to participate or "walk" in the commencement ceremony, a student must have successfully completed all degree requirements and have submitted all required forms by the deadlines. Application for Degrees and Certificates must be completed on-line through Banner Self Service by the published deadlines or the student will have to apply for the next available graduation. The Application for Candidacy forms for master's, doctoral, and certificate students must be approved by the academic program's Graduate Coordinator/Director or the Dean of the College prior to submitting it to the Graduate School for review. A Doctoral Dissertation or Master's Thesis must be submitted in final form by the published deadlines or the student will be cleared for the next available graduation.  So that you can be sure to receive important information related to the your graduation, be sure to update your email and mailing address in the Banner system through 49er Express/

Fall 2015 Commencement will be:

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Each ceremony will last approximately 2 hours.

10:00 am Ceremony

Undergraduate and Graduate Students for:

College of Arts and Architecture
Belk College of Business
College of Computing and Informatics
The William States Lee College of Engineering
College of Health and Human Services

3:00 pm Ceremony

Undergraduate and Graduate Students for:
College of Education
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

For the most up-to-date information on the ceremony, visit the Commencement website.

Doctoral Candidates
Doctoral students are hooded during the Commencement ceremony. Each student may choose one faculty member to escort them during the ceremony and to assist in their hooding on stage. Because doctoral students and their faculty escorts are named during the ceremony, it is important that both plan to attend the practice session - generally held the Thursday afternoon prior to the ceremony in the Student Activities Center (SAC)

Master's and certificate students may participate in the ceremony provided they have completed all requirements for the degree. Students will be asked to provide a phonetic spelling of their name for the ceremony. Detailed instructions on the line-up, procession and ceremony can be found on the University's Commencement website.

Diplomas are not distributed at the ceremony, with the exception of doctoral diplomas. Therefore it is important that a student's address information on the application for degree accurately reflect where the student wishes to receive the diploma.

Graduate caps and gowns are available at the Campus Bookstore several months prior to commencement. UNC Charlotte also offers custom regalia.  Information about commencement is available on the campus Graduation Information website.

Graduating doctoral students and their advisors are invited to celebrate at a dinner hosted by the Graduate School which is generally held the Thursday night before Commencement.  Look for your invitation via your email the month prior to your Commencement. For additional information on the dinner, please contact Coren O'Hara at

Students and faculty applaude UNC Charlotte's Spring 2013 Commencement festivities

Deadlines - Graduation Checklists for Fall 2015

Master's Students (thesis option only)

Doctoral Students

Deadlines for theses, dissertations, Application for Candidacy and Application for Graduation are also posted on the Office of the Registrar's calendar.


Reminder: Students are required to be registered in the term of graduation, apply for graduation prior to the deadline and submit a Candidacy Application prior to the deadline.

Student directions to the electronic Candidacy Application:
1. Log into 49er Express.
2. Select Banner Self Service, Student Services, Student Records and Apply for Candidacy for Graduate Students.
3. After completing all sections, the application is printed and taken to the department for the Graduate Coordinator's approval signature.

Student directions to the Online Graduation Application:
1. Log into 49er Express/
2. Select Banner Self Service, Student Services, Student Records and Online Graduation Application.
3. Click "Continue" if this is the first time a graduation application has been submitted or "Create a New Application" if one has been submitted previously.
4. After all sections are complete, click the "Submit" button.

Graduation Fee:

Each member of the graduating class is automatically charged a non-refundable graduation fee of $57 (Certificate), $70 (Master's), and $83 (Doctoral) at the time he/she applies for the degree and/or certificate. (Note: If a student needs to change his/her graduation term for any reason to a subsequent semester, the student must resubmit an application for degree and/or certificate.) This fee includes the cost of the diploma/certificate, the cap and gown, and the standard hood for graduate degree students. Doctoral students have the option of ordering custom regalia through the bookstore for an additional fee.  No reduction of the fee is allowed for those receiving degrees in Absentia. Submission and Formatting Fee: All master’s and doctoral students submitting a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation as part of their requirement to graduate will be charged a $30 fee for this process. The fee is paid prior to graduation.

Email with questions about the graduation process.

The Center for Graduate Life is available to answer questions about the Ph.D. portion of the commencement ceremony as well as the Doctoral Dinner.  Please email them at or phone 704-687-5661.

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