Graduation Information

Graduate School Deadlines

Graduation Checklists 
*Note: Programs may have earlier deadlines.

Spring 2016

Master's Students (thesis option only)

Doctoral Students

Graduation Checklists for Summer I and Summer II, 2016
*Note: Programs may have earlier deadlines.

Summer I, 2016

Master's Students (thesis option only)

Doctoral Students

Summer II, 2016

Master's Students (thesis option only)

Doctoral Students

Fall 2016

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
  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.
  4. Submit Candidacy Application to the Graduate School

Student directions to the Online Graduation Application:

  1. Log into
  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.

Plan of Study

Plan of Study must be submitted by the end of the first semester of the third post-baccalaureate year in the program and no later than the filing of the petition to sit for the qualifying examination. The Plan of Study maps out the course requirements listed on the Candidacy Application. These may be submitted in whatever format works best for each program. These must be approved by the student's Graduate Program Director prior to submission to the Graduate School.

The Graduate School contacts for Graduation are as follows:


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 online through my 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

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