Students who are about to graduate must pay attention to a number of procedures coming up before and after graduation. Have a close look at the one about terminating your enrolment in Studielink to see what applies to you. The procedures for leaving UCU can be found in this document. Please also have a look at the university-wide procedures for graduating during the academic year or in summer.


Commencement Ceremony

You can find the date of the commencement ceremony in the Academic Calendar.

Commencement literally means ‘beginning’. It is the beginning of the period during which students will meet all of the graduation requirements and graduate.  

Some students may take an extra class or finalize their research thesis later. UCU students are from all over the world and many of them will leave the country at different times. This means not all UCU students that started their studies at UCU will graduate at the same time. For this reason, we do not jointly celebrate the end of the graduation phase, we celebrate the beginning of it.

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.

Before commencing, it is a good idea to read over our dedicated FAQ for more information.

Research Thesis

Writing your thesis is an important part of finalising your studies at UCU. For more information about the research thesis, such as deadlines and procedures, please have a look at the dedicated page.

Receiving your diploma and transcript

Below you can find an overview of when you can pick up your diploma and final transcript, as well as your official graduation date.

  Hand in last academic work Graduation date Pick up diploma as of
Spring 19 May 2017 31 May 2017 30 June 2017
Spring until 30 June 2017 30 June 2017 30 June 2017
Summer 1 July 2017 31 July 2017 31 August 2017*
Summer 20 August 2017 31 August 2017 30 September 2017*
Fall 22 December 2017 31 January 2018 31 January 2018
Winter 31 January 2018 28 February 2018 28 February 2018*

*exception: theses that require lab work that is only possible in Summer/Winter will be exempted from the deadlines as long as this date is registered on the thesis registration form and no later than August 20, 2017 (no extension needed).