Plan early- be sure to visit each link below at least one semester prior to graduation.
Follow next Steps to Completing Your Degree
A plan of study details all of the courses you will take in order to complete your degree program. All degree-seeking graduate students must submit a plan of study. Master’s students must submit by the end of their second academic semester; doctoral students must submit by the end of their third academic semester. Refer to the Graduate Catalog for policies and requirements.
The name printed on your diploma will be the full legal name on your official university record. If you wish to make a change, submit a name change request before the deadline to apply for your degree.
Electronically submit a Degree or Certificate Conferral Request online using HokieSPA. A $25 fee will be charged to your student account.
You must do this by the deadline for your name to be printed in the Commencement Bulletin. Ph.D. and Ed.D. students must also include their dissertation titles.
If you don’t complete all the degree requirements during the semester on your Degree or Certificate Conferral Request, you’ll need to submit a new request for the term you wish to graduate.
Upload your electronic thesis or dissertation (ETD) within two weeks after your exam/defense date. Submit any supporting documentation to the Graduate School during this timeframe as well, such as copyright permission letters, IRB approval or exemption notices, UMI form, or Survey of Earned Doctorates.
Once your final exam is approved, an ETD archiving fee of $20 will be charged to your student account.
Use the degree menu in HokieSPA to confirm whether or not you plan to attend your commencement ceremony.
Master's candidates who finish the requirements but not in time to receive a degree this semester are still welcome to participate in commencement. Doctoral candidates receive their diplomas during the ceremony, so they must complete all requirements by the commencement deadlines to participate in the doctoral hooding.