Degree Conferral Overview
Information for upcoming commencement ceremonies will be added as plans are made. More information.
May Degree Candidates
Degree Conferral - COVID-19 change: the originally planned date of May 2020 degree conferral (separate from the ceremony; conferral is your Rice status change) was May 16, 2020. Due to various COVID-19 academic relief accommodations and corresponding deadline extensions, the spring 2020 conferral date has been pushed out to May 30, 2020. See more on the Office of the Registrar's FAQ page.
August and December Degree Candidates
The degree conferral date for mid-year degrees will be August 31 and December 30 of each calendar year. The faculty will vote in late September to confer August degrees. The faculty will vote in January to confer December degrees. After that time, an official transcript will be available from the Registrar's Office. Occasionally a degree recipient may require an official document confirming their Rice degree. In these instances, a Rice University degree recipient may request a miniature facsimile diploma on letter-sized paper. Diplomas from the December degree conferral are expected to be available in the spring.
A dossier service is a way for you to collect, store, distribute and track letters of recommendation and other important academic or professional documents. This is often helpful when preparing for fellowship applications or if you are considering a career in academia. You may choose to manage your own files, or you can establish an account with one of the electronic dossier file services available on the market. Visit the Center for Career Development for more information on Dossier Services.