You’re ready to finish your graduate career at Binghamton University. We look forward to celebrating your accomplishments at Commencement.

Use the dates and deadlines below to ensure a smooth final semester.

If you are not able to meet these deadlines, you will have to register for the next semester and apply to receive your degree and/or certificate at the conclusion of that term. If you are an international student and you do not graduate by the completion date listed on your I-20, you must apply for an extension with the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)


Fall 2020

Spring 2021

Graduate Application for Degree/Certificate
Recommended deadline:
Absolute deadline:
November 15
March 25
May 7

The Graduate Application for Degree (GAFD) is available via the Student tab in BU Brain.
Submit by the recommended deadline to be included in the Commencement program.

Thesis/Dissertation Electronic Submissions (if required) (details)
Absolute deadline (for new submissions): December 9 May 21
You may need to make formatting revisions after submission. For the fastest assistance with formatting revisions, please submit as early as possible.
Thesis/Dissertation Processing Fee (if required)
Recommended deadline: November 30 June 4
Recommendation for Award of Degree/Certificate (forms)
Due from departments by: December 14 June 4
Commencement and Conferral

Intent to Participate in Commencement Form Deadline:
Commencement Ceremony Dates:
Degree Conferral Date:
Degree Conferral Date (PharmD):

December 20

May 12 - 16
May 30
May 20


Contact the Office of Student Records for questions regarding degree conferral:

Contact the Graduate School for questions regarding theses and dissertations:

Visit the Commencement website for questions regarding commencement ceremonies.

You may also find the answers to your questions in the Graduate School Manual.