Applying for Graduation
In order to be considered for a degree, an application is required. Students may apply through CUNYFirst using the pull-down menu in their student service center. For step-by-step instruction, click here.. Students who have been previously denied or students who are trying to revise their graduation date must submit the Application for Graduation.
Once the degree audit has been conducted, students will be notified via their Baruch webmail account with the graduation audit status. If the student has been denied for the requested graduation, he/she must file a new graduation application. Students who are found to be on track to earn their degree for the requested graduation date may not rescind their request in order to take additional classes past their degree requirements.
Degrees are conferred three times a year:
- January 1 (finishing in the Fall term of the previous year)
- June 1 (finishing in the Spring term of the same year)
- September 1 (finishing in the Summer session of the same year)
“Graduation” or “conferral of degree” are synonymous. They refer to the date that the degree is awarded. “Commencement” is the ceremony that is held once a year in late May or early June. Attendance at Commencement is not a guarantee of degree conferral. For information about Commencement, please check with the Office of Student Life (Newman Vertical Campus, Room 2-210) or visit Commencement @ Baruch.
Graduation Application: Dates and Deadlines
- Spring 2021 graduation: opens on September 16,2020; closes on February 15, 2021
- Summer 2021 graduation: opens on February 16, 2021; closes on June 15, 2021
- Fall 2021 graduation: opens June 16, 2021; closes September 15, 2021
- Students who filed previously for graduation must submit an Application for Graduation to the Office of the Registrar.
- Students who file their Spring and Summer 2021 graduation applications after March 1, 2021, will not find their names in the 2021 Commencement Program.
- Students who graduate as of September 1, 2020, or January 1, 2021, will appear in the 2021 Commencement Program.
- For information about the Commencement ceremony, please check with the Office of Student Life (Newman Vertical Campus, Room 2-210) or visit Commencement @ Baruch.
Graduate students must be enrolled or maintain matriculated status for the semester in which they intend to graduate.
Students must be registered for courses taken towards a degree at Baruch College or pay the Maintenance of Matriculation Fee.
Maintenance of Matriculation Fee (for graduate students only):
|NYS Residents||$225.00 per semester|
|Non-Residents||$370.00 per semester|
No changes will be made to students’ academic records after the degree has been awarded.
All degree requirements must be met before the date the degree is conferred. This includes:
- Resolution of incomplete/temporary grades (INC, PEN, ABS)
- Grade change (Grade changes must be done within 60 days of degree conferral.)
- Submission of major projects, thesis, or comprehensive exams
- Permit and study abroad course grades (An official transcript from
the host college must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office at Baruch College. It is not recommended to go on permit or study abroad during your final semester, as it may jeopardize your graduation.)
The diplomas for both undergraduate and graduate students are customarily available approximately 6-8 weeks after the degree conferral date. Once they are ready, we will send an email to your Baruch webmail account with instructions on how to obtain your diploma.
Graduates who wish to change their address can fill out an Personal Data Change Form. To have the diploma mailed to you, follow the instructions stated on the Request for Diploma to be Mailed form. The letter must contain your name, date of birth, last four digits of your social security or ID number, a copy of your photo ID, and the complete mailing address of where you would like your diploma sent. Diplomas mailed to addresses outside of the U.S. frequently take several weeks to arrive from the date that they are sent. It is strongly recommended that you authorize a proxy located in the New York City area to pick up the diploma instead of international mailing, if at all possible. The Office of the Registrar is not responsible for diplomas that are lost in the mail.
Cancellation of Graduation
Students who file for graduation during their final semester are not allowed to enroll in any courses for the semester after graduation. Once you have met all degree requirements, you must graduate and are not permitted to continue taking additional courses. If you wish to take additional courses, you must be admitted to a new degree program or enroll in courses as a non-degree-seeking student.
If you need to change your expected date of graduation or are denied graduation you must submit a revised Application for Graduation to the Office of the Registrar. At this point, your record will be reactivated allowing registration for the subsequent semester (only if degree requirements have not been met). Once the graduation application has been canceled, students must reapply for graduation.