Students and faculty member holding banners at commencement

Note important dates for commencement 2018

Mark your calendars for these important dates leading up to commencement 2018, which will be held Sunday, May 20.

Apply in SIS to graduate

All students are required to apply to graduate. Do this by completing the graduation application in the Student Information System (SIS). Deadlines vary by school. Contact the school registrar with questions.

Register for commencement

All graduating students must sign up online to indicate whether or not they plan to attend the commencement ceremonies. Commencement registration for all graduates is open March 1 to April 1 and is separate from the SIS application for graduation.

Graduating students can sign up online beginning March 1 at, or in person at one of the commencement events listed below.

Doctoral fittings

Doctoral fitting events are open to all professional and doctoral students (MD, DMD, DMA, PhD, DNP, DM, JD and SJD graduates).  At the doctoral fittings, professional and doctoral degree candidates can register to participate in commencement ceremonies and have their regalia measurements taken.

The doctoral fittings will be:

  • Tuesday, March 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the School of Law, Gund Hall, Student Lounge.
  • Friday, March 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tinkham Veale University Center, Smith Commons.

Grad Fair

Any student can visit Grad Fair to take care of graduation planning and celebration needs, purchase their cap and gown and sign up to participate in commencement ceremonies. All students earning bachelor’s or master’s degrees are encouraged to attend Grad Fair to purchase their cap and gown. Grad Fair will take place Wednesday, March 21, and Thursday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the University Bookstore (11451 Euclid Ave.).

At all events, representatives from the university bookstore and the commencement office will be available to assist students with academic regalia measurements, commencement registration and related questions. For more information, visit