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 - December 2021 (Masters and Doctoral Students only)

The application for graduation officially opens on Monday, August 23, 2021. The deadline to file is Wednesday, October 6, 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. 

If you use student loans or other forms of financial aid to pay your bill you should file for graduation as early as possible so the Student Financial Aid (SFA) office can ensure your award offer for the upcoming year is accurate.
In some cases the Student Financial Aid (SFA) office may be required to make revisions to your financial aid awards. Award revisions are most often required for students graduating in December since most award offers are for the full academic year (fall/spring). If you have been offered financial aid for an enrollment term beyond your graduation term, please contact the SFA office to inform them and they will determine if revisions to your awards are necessary. 

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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