Graduation Requirements

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! This page offers a comprehensive list of information and requirements for the semester preceding your graduation. If you have any questions, or cannot locate the information you are looking for, please contact our Baylor University Commencement website. 

Run a Degree Audit

Running a degree audit will allow you to ensure that you have fulfilled all of your degree requirements.  If you see any discrepancies, contact your Graduate Program Director.

Verify the Semester Deadlines

There are many deadlines during your final semester that you must be aware of and meet. These include, but are not limited to, filing for graduation, Dissertation and Theses defense, oral exams, and satisfaction of the foreign language requirement. Make sure that you mark these dates on your calendar. View the calendar

File for Graduation - August 2021 (Masters and Doctoral Students only)

The application for graduation officially opens on Saturday May 1, 2021. The deadline to file is June 30, 2021 at 11:59 pm. Students who have met all of the requirements of their degree and wish to declare their intent to graduate must apply to graduate in BearWeb. Please see the attached instructions. Please note: If you are a joint student, you must apply for each program separately. If you are a PhD student graduating with your master’s on the way, please contact Alana Schaeper to do so. You may also contact Alana Schaeper with any additional questions or if you run into any issues. 

Purchase or Rent your Regalia

Degree candidates for master's degrees wear traditional academic dress which can be purchased online at the Baylor Bookstore.

Regalia for the Educational Specialist (EdS) degree is purchased through the Baylor Bookstore and should be in stock by the middle of the semester. Please contact the bookstore directly at (254) 710-2161 for any questions.

Regalia for Doctoral Degrees is purchased or rented through Herff Jones online. Please allow up to 8 weeks for delivery.

Check on Commencement

Walking - It is assumed that you will walk in the commencement ceremony. If you are unable to attend then you must let the Registrar's office know.

Diploma - Diplomas will be sent after the degrees are conferred. Graduates will receive their diplomas several weeks after the degrees have been awarded.

Transcript - An official transcript will be available after five business days from Academic Records.

Baylor Graduate School

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Waco, TX 76798-7264

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