Information About Commencement

Bachelor, Master and CAGS Graduation Information

How and When to Apply

If you are seeking a Bachelor's degree, you should apply to graduate in your junior year.  All Master's and CAGS students should apply to graduate before their final semester of coursework.

The University confers degrees and awards diplomas three times per year, in May, August, and December.  There are only two University Commencement ceremonies held in May and December.  If you expect to complete your degree requirements during the current year and have not applied to graduate, please see the instructions below to complete your Application for Degree online.  Once your application has been received and your file is reviewed, you will be contacted via email by the Registrar letting you know what, if any, requirements are missing.  Be sure to check your Fitchburg State student email account often.

Applying for graduation is now easier than ever!  Simply log into your Web4 Student Self-Service account.
Once there, click on:

•"Student"
•"Student Records"
•"Apply to Graduate"


Follow the step-by-step instructions. Also, refer to our commencement page for general information about graduation. 

Students will be able to follow the status of their application in Web4 as well. Again, log into your Web4 Student Self-Service account. 
Once there, click on:

•"Student"
•"Student Records"
•"View Application Status"


Emails regarding your progress through graduation clearance will be sent to your Fitchburg State University email account.  Please be sure to check it often and if you have questions or concerns, please feel free to email registrar@fitchburgstate.edu.

Commencement Information

Graduate students are not allowed to participate in a commencement ceremony until all their requirements are complete.
Students who apply to graduate in May who do not meet all requirements for graduation will be moved to the December degree conferral date unless you plan to complete in August.  In this case, your degree conferral date would be changed to August.  Students who graduate in August will have the option to attend the December Commencement ceremony.  All notifications from the Registrar's Office regarding your graduation status will be sent to your Fitchburg State email account.

Eligibility to Participate in Commencement Ceremonies
Any student who has completed all the requirements for degree conferral is eligible to participate in Fitchburg State University's commencement ceremonies.

How do I know if I have met the requirements to graduate?
You should consult with your advisor.  If you are an undergraduate, you can find the common graduation requirements in the Curriculum section of the University catalog.  Graduate students can find their requirements in the Graduate Programs section of the catalog.

Students and their advisors should also be using our automated degree evaluation system to assist them.

When should I submit an application to graduate?
You are strongly encouraged to submit an application one year (or at least one semester) prior to the semester in which you expect to complete the requirements for your degree.

What GPA do I need to graduate with honors?
For undergraduates, Summa Cum Laude requires a Fitchburg State University cumulative GPA of 3.8 or higher; Magna Cum Laude requires 3.5 to 3.79; and Cum Laude requires 3.2 to 3.49.  Students graduating with honors receive bronze medallions which are worn with the cap and gown.  If you complete the Honors Program and a senior thesis, you will graduate with Special Distinction.  To be eligible to graduate with honors, you must earn at least 45 credits with a numerical grade at Fitchburg State University.

There is no graduation honors program for graduate students.

I am a graduate student; can I participate in the commencement ceremony if I am close to finishing my requirements?
Graduate students earning their Master's Degree or CAGS must complete all of their requirements before they are eligible to participate in a commencement ceremony.  Graduate students are "hooded" at the ceremony, which signifies the completion of their program.  Graduate students are allowed to participate in one commencement ceremony of their choice, after completing their degree requirements.

Do I need tickets for my family to attend commencement?
Tickets are not needed for commencement.  Prospective December graduates will receive an information packet in November, and prospective May graduates will receive the same information packet in April.  This packet will include details about the commencement ceremony, including such things as time, where to line up, where to get your cap and gown, seating for family and guests, parking, and the inclement weather plan.

I can't come to commencement.  How do I receive my diploma?
Diplomas will be mailed to all graduates approximately two weeks after the commencement ceremony.

My diploma has become lost or damaged.  How can I request a replacement diploma?
Replacement diplomas can be requested via the Replacement Diploma Request Form (PDF).

Other questions regarding commencement?  Email the Registrar's Office at registrar@fitchburgstate.edu.