The purpose of this statement is to set forth SUNY Empire State College's procedures on applying for graduation and the formal clearance process for graduation for graduate students.
Graduation: the process of being awarded a degree. Candidates apply for graduation and a degree review is conducted.
Graduation clearance: final formal review for the awarding of the degree
Graduation commencement: participation in the graduation ceremony and crossing the stage during the event that is the recognition by the community of the degree achievement
Graduation application: student-initiated action to begin the graduation review process in the term prior to graduation.
Graduation Application Review and Graduation Commencement Eligibility Process
Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, Chapter I, Title 8 of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York, Section 3.47, Requirements for Earned Degrees, A. General Requirements, 1 and 2.
Graduation Commencement Ceremony ProceduresGraduate Student Participation in Graduation Procedures Intent to Graduate Form