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Graduation Requirements

Application for Degree

Undergraduate students cannot graduate without submitting an Application for Degree (AFD), available on BU BRAIN. The Application for Degree is a required form that notifies the University of a student's intent to fulfill his/her degree requirements at the end of the current semester. 

  • You must submit an AFD by the deadline posted for the semester you are graduating to guarantee inclusion in the Commencement program.
  • If you need to cancel your application or change your diploma address, please email the Degree Coordinator.
  • For information on the graduation ceremony, visit the Commencement website.  
  • NOTE: Students who complete an AFD are not eligible for a time ticket to participate in pre-registration for the next semester.

Successful submission of the AFD:

  • Acknowledges your plan to complete your degree requirements
  • Ensures your name appears in the Commencement program
  • Ensures you receive your diploma, upon completion of your degree requirements, via mail approximately 6-8 weeks after the semester's conclusion

GRADUATE STUDENTS: For information on completing a graduate degree, please visit The Graduate School >>

Federal Aid and fulfilled degree requirements

Once degree requirements are met for a first undergraduate degree, students are no longer eligible for Pell Grant or SEOG funding.  On a case-by-case basis, students may be eligible for federal loans if pursuing a double degree or a subsequent undergraduate degree.   

Speak with Academic Advisor

To ensure that all degree requirements will be met, students should make an appointment with their academic advisor:

Harpur College of Arts and Sciences >

College of Community and Public Affairs >

Decker School of Nursing >

School of Management >

Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science >


For information about Commencement, including dates and deadlines, a graduation checklist, and FAQs, visit Binghamton's Commencement website.  

Last Updated: 3/30/18