January and August Graduates

January Graduates

Master's and doctoral students graduating in January are encouraged to participate in May Commencement ceremonies. Once your degree has posted to your transcript and you have received your diploma by mail, you are all set to participate! Please refer to the Commencement website and check your USD email account throughout the spring semester for additional information. Also be sure to “like” University of San Diego Commencement on Facebook to view reminders and updates.

Master's and doctoral graduates graduating in January who have additional questions about their participation status should contact the Graduate Records Office (usdgradrec@sandiego.edu) or call 619-260-2217. More information can also be found at the Office of Graduate Records website.

August Graduates

August Master's and Doctoral students may participate in the May Commencement only if they have nine or fewer units remaining and if those units are in regular classroom courses, practicum, fieldwork, student teaching or internship. In order to receive permission to participate in Commencement, eligible students must register and pay in full for their remaining units to be taken at USD no later than May 1. 

August Master’s and Doctoral students may NOT attend May Commencement if their remaining work includes independent study, foreign language or comprehensive examination, independent final project, integration paper, master’s thesis, or doctoral dissertation. If you withdraw from your summer course(s) after having participated in the May commencement, the tuition charges for your Summer courses will remain on your account, no money will be refunded to you, and any outstanding balance will remain due.

NOTE: Courses needed in Summer Sessions to complete degree requirements must be taken at USD. Unavailability of a needed course in USD Summer Sessions will NOT be grounds for an exception to this policy. Exceptions to this policy might be approved when there are extraordinary circumstances beyond the student’s control, in which case the student should request an exception from his or her school’s dean. August Master’s and Doctoral students wishing to take courses elsewhere to complete their degree requirements may do so, but they may not participate in May commencement.

Please see the academic calendar for dates and deadlines of Intersession, Spring semester and Summer Sessions registration, payment deadlines, priority deadline for Intersession, Spring semester and Summer Sessions financial aid applications, and other important deadlines.

Master's and doctoral students with questions regarding their August graduation status should contact the Graduate Records Office, (usdgradrec@sandiego.edu) or call 619-260-2217. More information can also be found at the Office of Graduate Records website.