In order to graduate you must go through the following steps:

1. Make sure you meet the requirements

You can graduate and receive a diploma if you meet all the following requirements:

  • You must meet all the requirements of the examination syllabus (of both years in the Master’s programme).
  • All results obtained must be processed in Osiris*.
  • You must be registered at Utrecht University.

* Keep an eye on Osiris-Student after obtaining your latest results. If a result has not yet been registered in Osiris after ten working days, please contact the teacher who should submit the result.

Please contact the Student Desk Faculty of Science (STIP) if the result of a course or of the thesis is under the heading ‘Results - Other (these results are not part of this examination syllabus)’. As long as that result is there, the study programme progress overview will not be correct and you will not be included in the selection of students to receive the graduation message.

An incomplete examination portfolio will not be taken into consideration and leads to postponement of your graduation. This may also lead to having to pay an additional month of tuition fees!

2. Respond to your graduation mail

If you meet all the conditions above, you will receive the ‘Graduation Educational Master’ message from the GST Graduation Office on behalf of the Examination Board, in the middle or at the end of the month. Keep a close eye on your student mail account.

This e-mail states that you can graduate and you will be asked to fill in and return the attached digital form within two weeks. You can use this form to give notice of:

You can also choose to receive a Graduation Declaration for the purpose of an employer.

PLEASE NOTE: Do not terminate your enrolment before you have received your graduation mail!

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not respond (within two weeks), then we will not be expecting you at the graduation ceremony. The GST Graduation Office will then let you graduate and you will receive an email stating when you can pick up the diploma at the STIP desk.

Graduation date

If you respond within two weeks, indicating that you want to graduate, you will receive a confirmation by email. This will indicate the exam date and the date on which the diploma will be awarded or available for collection.

Assessment of the examination portfolio is part of the final examination. The exam date will be considered the last working day of the month in which the GST Graduation Office determines on behalf of the Examination Board that the student has met the requirements of the examination syllabus (please see the Education and Examination Regulations).

The rules for the determining the examiniation dates are part of the Education and Examination Regulations. The Education and Examination Regulations are reviewed annually and apply to all students enrolled in the programme. If the Education and Examination Regulations are amended, the new regulations apply to everyone. Therefore, if you graduate in 2016-2017, the regulations for 2016-2017 will apply.

No graduation mail?

If you have not received a graduation mail by 04:00 pm on the last working day of the month and you think that you should be allowed to graduate, you should contact the Graduation Office via

3. Terminate your enrolment

Terminate your enrolment as a student via Studielink. Do not terminate your enrolment until you receive the ‘Graduation Educational Master’ message from the GST Graduation Office.

PLEASE NOTE: We cannot let you graduate if you are not enrolled, so make sure you do not terminate your enrolment too early. You can only re-enrol from 1 September or thereafter only with explicit authorisation from your programme.

You should terminate your enrolment in Studielink before the end of the month. It is not possible to do this with retroactive effect. You should therefore keep a close eye on when the last result was registered in OSIRIS and when you receive your graduation e-mail. Tuition fees will not be refunded if you terminate enrolment on 1 July or 1 August.

4. Attend a graduation ceremony / Collect your diploma

Attend a graduation ceremony

You will be issued with a diploma to show that you have successfully finished your degree programme. You can choose to attend the graduation ceremony. An invitation with more detailed information about the graduation ceremony will be sent to your student e-mail account no later than two weeks before the actual ceremony.

PLEASE NOTE: You can only attend the graduation ceremony if you have responded to your graduation e-mail within two weeks.

>> See the graduation ceremonies overview (pdf) for the dates, locations and times of the graduation ceremonies.

Collect your diploma

You can also opt to collect your diploma from the Study Information Point (STIP] ). Make sure that you take valid identification with you when you collect your diploma.

>> See the collection dates for 2017-2018 (pdf).

With your diploma, an International Diploma Supplement (IDS) is included. This supplement lists your Grading Table.

Academic degree / title

If you have taken an educational master in science subjects you will receive the Master of Science degree (MSc). In the Netherlands, you can also use the title drs. Contractors receive a certificate of competence (and therefore no diploma). This certificate certifies that the student meets the competence requirements of the completed programme.

The result of your programme can be qualified with the distinction 'with honours' (cum laude) if you satisfy certain requirements:

Graduation with honours (Cum laude)

Article 6.2 – Graduation with honours is awarded for the results of the Master’s exam, if each of the following conditions have been met:

  1. A weighted average of at least 8.0 is obtained for the components of the programme, in which weighting is done on the basis of credits;
  2. None of the components was awarded a grade below 7.0;
  3. The graduation project was graded 8.0 or higher;
  4. Master’s internship 2 is assessed as very good on the basis of rubrics;
  5. Non-qualifying exemptions are obtained for a maximum of 30 EC;
  6. There is no decision by the Board of Examiners (referred to in Art. 5.14 (4)(a)) stipulating that the student is not eligible to graduate with honours due to fraud/plagiarism;
  7. The Master’s exam was completed within three years;
  8. In individual cases, the Board of Examiners may deviate from this regulation for the benefit of the student, whether or not in response to a request by a lecturer.

What to consider when you are (soon to be) graduating

When you are about to graduate, there are a few things you have to keep in mind:

Certification Degree/diploma

If you have a DigiD and graduated after 1995, you can obtain certification of your graduation directly from the DUO diploma registry (only available in Dutch). If you don’t have a DigiD, or if you graduated before 1995, you can request certification of your graduation via this online form. Read more about verification of education.

Alumni networks

Do you want to keep contact with alumni of Utrecht University?

  • The University Foundation is the University’s alumni organisation. The Foundations runs events and activities for graduates of Utrecht University and supports the student experience by funding activities by and for students.
  • The UU Mentor Network: giving or receiving advice on your career.
  • Are you a recent graduate? Come and join the Young Alumni Network.


Do you have any further questions about the graduation procedure? Or have you already checked that your results are in Osiris, but you have not received a message that you can graduate? In this case you can contact the GST Graduation Office, For course-specific questions, you can contact the programme itself.