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 the date for picking up your diploma and final transcript, as well as your official graduation date here: 

Hand in last academic work Official graduation date Pick up diploma as of
11 January 2021 (Fall thesis deadline) 31 January 2021 31 January 2021
21 May 2021 (Fall & Spring thesis and Spring-only thesis) 30 June 2021 30 June 2021
3 July 2021 (Spring & Summer thesis) 31 August 2021 31 August 2021


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.