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

Receiving your diploma and transcript

Please find below the approximate dates for your official graduation - when your diploma and final transcript (grade list) will be issued. If you need a list of your grades earlier, please request a preliminary transcript and/or a graduation declaration by filling in the document request form.

Find out more about requesting a document

As soon as your thesis has been submitted for archiving (you do this yourself via Osiris Case after your thesis has been assessed with a passing grade), and after 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 several weeks. 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 transcript. Please ensure you stay enrolled in Studielink until you have officially graduated.  

Hand in last academic workOfficial graduation date on or before

December (Fall thesis deadline)

31 January

Spring & Summer 

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

15 July

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 (carrying the institutional mace) and there are two student speakers (valedictorian and salutatorian) on behalf of their graduating class.

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