Commencement Policies for August Graduates

August graduates wishing to participate in the October 2020 ceremonies must take all their remaining courses at USD. We are pleased to announce that Summer 2020 online registration has been extended to May 1st. Please register for your summer course(s) on the MySanDiego Portal. Summer tuition payment is due May 1st. However, if you register online during the extended registration period, you will be billed at the beginning of May with a June 1st payment due date.  

Undergraduate Students

August graduates who wish to take courses elsewhere (after procuring the appropriate waivers) may do so, but they may not participate in the October ceremony. Unavailability of a needed course in USD’s Summer Sessions will not be grounds for an exception to the policy on Commencement participation. Seniors graduating in August may not take an independent study course during the Summer Sessions. Exceptions to this policy may be approved by the student’s dean when there are extraordinary circumstances beyond the student’s control.

Graduate Students

Commencement participation and program listing at the annual October ceremony is limited to graduates who have met the graduation petition deadline and completed all work for their degree prior to Commencement, with the following exception:

  • Graduate students scheduled to receive their degree in August who have 9 units or fewer of remaining work may participate if their work falls in the category of: coursework, practicum, fieldwork, student teaching or internship. Petitions for August 2020 graduate students were due on Friday, December 20, 2019.  
  • August graduates whose remaining program requirements include any of the following will not be allowed to participate in the preceding May Commencement: foreign language or comprehensive exam, final project or integration paper, master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation.

Please visit the Graduate Records website for more information.