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2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graduation Information

The Office of the Registrar is located in the Student Success Building, Suite 160 (#3). They are responsible for making approved degree exceptions to students’ Degree Progress reports, performing final degree checks, preparing for the fall and spring commencement ceremonies, conferring degrees and certificates, and distributing diplomas.

Degree Progress Report

The Degree Progress Report is an advising tool to be used by students and their advisors throughout the students’ academic career at MSU Denver.  Reports can be viewed by logging on to the Student Hub, or printed/viewed in the student’s Major department.

Graduation Procedures

Applying for Graduation

Students nearing completion of the requirements for a graduate degree or certificate program must apply for graduation. This initiates a final audit of the student’s academic records by the Registrar’s Office and reserves an official embossed diploma or certificate. To apply for graduation, students log onto the Student Hub. This process should be completed no later than the deadline published in the Academic Calendar  for the semester session in which the student intends to complete the degree or certificate requirements. The month of the expected date of graduation is May for students finishing in the spring semester, August for students finishing in the summer session, and December for students finishing in the fall semester.


Graduation Checklist

  • Review the Requirements for your degree/certificate program.
  • Review the Academic Policies and Procedures (pertaining to the Degree Progress Report, graduation, diplomas and commencement, and honors and awards).
  • Review your Degree Progress Report with your major department.
  • If necessary, correct any discrepancies on the Degree Progress Report in consultation with your major department advisor.
  • File an online Application for Graduation by the deadline listed in the Academic Calendar .
  • Ensure correct address is on file with the Office of the Registrar.

For a complete graduation checklist and details refer to the Office of the Registrar Graduation website.

Commencement Ceremony

Candidates for graduate degrees are eligible to participate in commencement. Students completing a graduate certificate program are not eligible to participate in commencement unless they are also candidates for a graduate degree. Diplomas and certificates are mailed to recipients after satisfactory completion of a final degree audit of all program requirements by the Registrar’s Office approximately 6-8 weeks after the end of the semester.

Diplomas and Transcripts

Diplomas are mailed approximately six weeks after the semester ends. Students must update their mailing address if there has been a change.

Official transcripts with the posted degree will be available approximately four weeks after the semester ends. Students may request transcripts as early as the middle of their last semester and indicate that it is to be held until the degree is posted. Transcripts may be requested in person at the Office of the Registrar, Student Success Building, Suite 160 (#3), by fax at 303-556-3999, or via the web at the Registrar’s homepage msudenver.edu/registrar under “Students,” then “Transcripts.”

Program Time Lines

All time lines associated with graduate degree and certificate programs are published each semester or summer session in the Metropolitan State University of Denver Academic Calendar . These time lines include application and fee payment deadlines, last day to add and drop courses, starting and ending dates for semesters and sessions, last days for filing program forms, final oral defenses, and the submission deadlines for theses. It is the responsibility of the student to be familiar with these time lines.


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