Graduation Information

Graduation Information

Disclaimer: By accepting admission to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, graduate students indicate that they are ultimately responsible for adhering to the policies and procedures that govern their education at the university. That responsibility requires that all graduate students know where to find the academic policies of the Graduate School and any additional requirements of their specific programs. All academic policies are published annually in the Graduate Catalog.

Graduation Checklists 

*Note: Programs may have earlier deadlines.

Fall 2016

Spring 2017

Doctoral Students

Doctoral Students

Master's Thesis Students

Master's Thesis Students

All deadlines are published on the official Academic Calendar. Forms referenced on this page or any of the checklists can be found on the Forms page.

The Graduation Process & DegreeWorks

Check your audit

Effective 1st Summer 2016, DegreeWorks is the definitive record for graduation clearance.  Students, faculty, and staff may access DegreeWorks via Students are encouraged to routinely check their degree progress in DegreeWorks.

Meet with your advisor

Prior to the final term, all students are encouraged to schedule an appointment to meet with their advisor and/or graduate program director.  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that he/she is making satisfactory progress towards graduation, based on the program requirements outlined in DegreeWorks and any additional directions issued by the graduate program.


Per academic policy, all students must be enrolled in the term of graduation, even if all degree/certificate requirements have been met.

Apply for Graduation

All students (doctoral, master’s, certificate) must apply for graduation by the published deadline in the final term. Students who fail to apply for graduation by the published deadline will not be evaluated for graduation and will be ineligible to participate in the commencement ceremony.

How do I submit the ‘Online Graduation Application’?

  1. Log into
  2. Under Academic Resources, select ‘Student Records’.
  3. Under ‘Student Records’, select ‘Online Graduation Application’.
  4. 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.
  5. After all sections are complete, click the "Submit" button.

The ‘Online Graduation Application’ triggers a review of your academic progress by the Graduate School.  Students who apply to graduate but appear short of meeting all degree/certificate requirements will be notified by email.  As the definitive record for graduation clearance, your individual DegreeWorks audit must reflect that you are on track to graduate in a given term.


While the Graduate School confers degrees after each term (Spring, 1st Summer, 2nd Summer, and Fall), commencement at UNC Charlotte is held just twice annually, once in May and once in December. Students who graduate in either summer term participate in the December commencement ceremony.  It is important that students intending to graduate in a particular semester meet all the requirements by the published deadlines.

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 published deadlines, including the Online Graduation Application (please refer to the Academic Calendar for these deadlines). All students will be asked to provide a phonetic spelling of their name for their commencement ceremony. Please note that Master’s diplomas and graduate certificates are not distributed at commencement; students should expect to receive the diploma or certificate 6-8 weeks after commencement. Be sure to update your email and mailing address through in order to receive important information updates as well as the diploma/certificate.

Detailed instructions on the line-up, procession, and ceremony can be found on the University's Commencement website.

Graduate caps and gowns are available at the Campus Bookstore several months prior to commencement. UNC Charlotte also offers custom regalia.  

Doctoral students receive their diploma and are hooded during the Commencement ceremony. Each doctoral 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).

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 Ninernet email account the month prior to your Commencement. For additional information on the dinner, please contact Coren O'Hara at

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