University of Connecticut

Steps to a Successful Graduation

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Apply to graduate

You must apply to graduate by the fourth week of the semester in which you expect to graduate. You apply by logging into the Student Administration System and following this navigational path:

SA Self Service > Learner Services > Academics > Apply for Graduation

All candidates should apply the semester prior to graduation.

Check your Degree Name and Diploma Address

Through the Student Administration System, please confirm that your name is spelled the way you would like it to appear on your diploma. Check to make sure the address listed in the system is the one you would like your diploma mailed to. This can be done by navigating the following path:

SA Self Service > Personal Portfolio > Tasks > Names (or Addresses)

To change your diploma name, click “Add Name” under the Names navigational path. From the drop-down box, choose “Degree Name” and save. Under the Addresses navigational path, click “Add a new address.” Check the “Dipl Addr” box under Address Types and save. Diplomas will be mailed approximately two months after graduation.

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Submit a final approved Plan of Study

Through the Student Administration System, students can access their transcripts and view both fulfilled and unfulfilled requirements on their Advisement Report. This will be useful to you when you meet with your advisor and/or fill out your plan of study.

Plans of Study for majors and minors can be located in each Department’s main office. Be sure to fill out the plan(s) for your particular catalog year. Your plan(s) must be submitted within the first four weeks of the semester you intend to graduate. Retain a copy for yourself in case a problem should arise. (Pharm/Pharm D and Nursing majors are exempt from submitting major plans of study to Degree Audit).

Check your University email account

The University of Connecticut is depending more and more on communicating with students via their email accounts. You must apply to graduate and submit all plans of study before you can be approved for graduation. After your plan of study is reviewed, you will receive an email from Degree Audit confirming your graduation status soon after both your plan of study and diploma application are received. Note: Plans are reviewed during the entire semester, so you may not receive your “Audit OK” email until mid-semester or later.

Address questions or concerns promptly

We are located in the Office of the Registrar in the Wilbur Cross Building. Our doors are open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by phone we can be reached at (860) 486-6214 to address any questions or concerns.

Commencement Details

If you are taking an Intersession course, you should apply for the May graduation ceremony as you will officially be a May graduate. If you are taking summer courses you must apply for August graduation but may attend the May ceremony. Fall graduates attend the May ceremony following their graduation. Students who have properly followed the above steps will receive information about commencement via email/mail. Additional information about the ceremony can be found online at commencement.uconn.edu.

Questions regarding any of these topics can be answered by the staff of Degree Auditors at the Office of the Registrar, phone (860) 486-6214.