You receive a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences diploma upon graduation from University College Utrecht. For our graduates we organise a Commencement Ceremony twice a year. 

Receiving your diploma and transcript

These are the dates for your official grade list and diploma. If you need a list of your grades earlier, request a preliminary transcript and/or a graduation declaration by filling in the document request form.

Find out more about requesting a document

Find the approximate dates for picking up your diploma and final transcript, as well as your official graduation date here.

As soon as your last grade(s) have been registered in Osiris, the Registrar's Office will do a final check on whether you indeed meet all graduation requirements, and will then issue your final transcript and diploma. Depending on how many students are graduating simultaneously, this process may take from a few days to roughly a week. You will receive an email from the Registrar's Office when this check is complete, to notify you that your documents are ready for collection. We will also send you a digital copy of your diploma and transcrtipt. Please ensure you stay enrolled in Studielink until you have officially graduated.  

Hand in last academic workOfficial graduation date

December (Fall thesis deadline)

31 January

Spring & Summer 

May (Fall & Spring thesis and Spring-only thesis deadline - see the academic calendar)

30 June

July (Spring & Summer thesis deadline - see the academic calendar)

31 August


Commencement literally means ‘beginning’. It is the beginning of the period during which students will meet all of the graduation requirements and graduate. As not all students from the same year will graduate at the same time, we do not jointly celebrate the end of the graduation. Instead, we celebrate the beginning of it.

Some students may take an extra class or finalise their research thesis later. University College Utrecht students are from all over the world and many of them will leave the country at different times. 

A Commencement Ceremony consists of academic rituals and practices. Students wear caps and gowns; one of the students is beadle of the day and another is the speaker (valedictorian) on behalf of his/her class.

Frequently asked questions about the commencement ceremony
Find the date of the Commencement Ceremony in the Academic Calendar
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