All terminal* September 2018 and January 2019 certificate and degree recipients and all terminal* May 2019 certificate and degree candidates are eligible to participate in Convocation.
*Terminal degrees are MA, MFA, and MS degrees.
Master’s candidates in programs that require three semesters to complete--who have completed two semesters by May 2019, and plan to complete the third semester during the summer--are also eligible. These programs are: Applied Quantitative Research; Biomedical Informatics; European and Mediterranean Studies; French Language and Civilization; French Literature; French Studies; French Translation; Historical and Sustainable Architecture; and Spanish and Latin American Linguistic, Literary, and Cultural Studies. These candidates do not need to petition their DGS for a Dean's Exception for the GSAS Master's Convocation. However, they will need a Dean's Exception if they wish to participate in All-University Commencement at Yankee Stadium.
How to Register for the GSAS Master's Convocation
1.) You must receive an invitation to register. Convocation invitations are sent by e-mail to all eligible degree recipients and candidates during the first week in March.
If you have not received your invitation by Friday, March 8, you should:
- Check your spam folder.
- Verify that you applied for graduation through Albert by the February 3 deadline.
- Log into Albert, the student information system, to verify your contact information.
- Contact the GSAS Office of Academic and Student Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org to request that an invitation be re-sent to your correct email.
2.) You must register for tickets. Follow the directions in your email invitation. Registration to participate and request guest tickets ends on Friday, April 19, 2019.
Dean’s Exception Policy for Participation
Master’s candidates who have one course outstanding and/or have not completed their master’s thesis by the May 20 ceremony may petition GSAS for eligibility to participate in Convocation. All outstanding course requirements must be completed by the end of the summer.
Please note that all students who complete their degrees beyond the eligibility dates for this year's Convocation will be eligible to participate in next year's ceremony.
Dean's Exception Process
1.) Master's candidates seeking exceptions must submit their request to the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) in their department or program.
2.) The DGS must submit a formal request to the Office of Academic and Student Affairs by filling out the Dean's Exception Request Form no later than Friday, April 5, 2019.
3.) Master's candidates who request exceptions will be notified of the decision by the Office of Academic and Student Affairs via email before the April 19 ticket registration deadline.
4.) If an exception is granted, candidates must register for the ceremony by the April 19 registration deadline.
Note: This exception policy only applies to the GSAS Master's Convocation. For the All-University Commencement exception policy, visit the Commencement website.