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Graduation and Conferral of Degrees

Application for Graduation and Diploma

All Undergraduate students with at least 90 credits and Graduate students with at least 24 credits, are required to file a Application for Graduation and Diploma to receive a Degree Verification or Degree Works notification.

*Please note: Completing the Application for Graduation and Diploma by March 3, 2022 is the only way to ensure that your name will appear in the May 2022 commencement program booklet.

With this paperless form you will be able to verify how your name will be presented on the diploma, graduation date, program information, and diploma mailing address among other items. It is required that you file the form by the following deadlines to ensure that the updates are processed in a timely manner that coincides with your graduation term.

Graduation Class Filing Dates

  • December, 2021: March 15, 2021; Please file immediately
  • May, 2022: September 30, 2021; Please file immediately
  • August, 2022: November 15, 2021
  • December, 2022: March 15, 2022
  • May, 2023: September 30, 2022

Readiness for Graduation

The Office of the Registrar conducts the final review of degree candidates' academic records to verify that all are on track to graduate. The degree verifier will check every course record and every detail in the permanent student academic record to make sure all the degree requirements are met, minimum grade point averages have been achieved, and that enough total credits have been completed to award a degree.

Degree Verification/Degree Works notifications are sent by email to each candidate's Pace assigned student email address upon completion of the review. Any discrepancies should be addressed to the degree verifier and your academic advisor immediately to prevent a delay in conferring the degree.

Reasons That Will Delay The Degree Verification

  • Missing waiver/substitution forms
  • Missing declaration of major or minor
  • Unresolved Incomplete or In-Progress courses (missing grades)
  • Missing final official transcripts (with grades) for courses taken off-campus (i.e. study abroad, permission to register at another institution)

Please note: A degree verification is a confirmation that all program requirements have been completed. To determine what classes are needed in order to graduate, view your Degree Works report and make an appointment to meet with the professional advisor in their school/area. Professional advisors have access to academic program worksheets and Degree Works, as well as individual academic histories, and can guide students towards the completion of program requirements.

Conferral Versus Commencement

The precise dates are announced each year. “Conferral” means that the University Registrar posts a notation of the award of a degree in our academic record-keeping system. For most purposes, the terms “graduation” and “conferral of a degree” are synonymous. “Commencement,” however, is another matter.


The University has commencement ceremonies in May of every year. If you’re planning to attend your campus’ commencement exercise, please visit the commencement website.

Information on caps, gowns, ticket distribution, award ceremonies and receptions, and the commencement checklist is available on the Commencement site. You must register for the ceremony before March in order to participate.

Please note: Participation in commencement ceremonies does not mean all degree requirements have been met.

Conferral of Degrees

Degrees are conferred upon members of the graduating class one at a time, after the final grades are posted for the final degree requirements of each student’s academic program. Pace is committed to conferring degrees within three weeks of the conferral date, provided that ALL outstanding grades and requirements have been submitted.

Pace confers degrees three times per year. The date of conferral that appears on the transcript is relevant to the term in which the final grade was posted.

  • May degree date: Last date of the Spring semester
  • August degree date: Last date of the Summer II semester
  • December degree date: Last date of the Fall semester

Please note: Degrees are conferred in batches in the order they were received, with one exception: priority is given to those with pending urgent transcript requests for licensing board examinations, employment-related matters, and professional certifications.