Degree Conferral and Graduation

The 2017 Doctoral Convocation for Doctoral Candidates will be held Friday, May 12, 2017, from 2:00 - 3:00 PM in the Stude Concert Hall at the Shepherd School of Music's Alice Pratt Brown Hall.  Potential degree candidates will be emailed registration instructions in mid March 2017.  The deadline for registering for the Doctoral Convocation is April 14, 2017.  

The 2017 Advanced Degrees Convocation will be held Friday, May 12, 2017, from 9:00 - 10:30 AM in Tudor Fieldhouse (NEW LOCATION), followed by a reception in the foyer of the Shepherd School of Music's Alice Pratt Brown Hall.  Potential degree candidates will be emailed registration instructions in mid March 2017.  The deadline for registering for the Advanced Degrees Convocation is April 14, 2017. 

Commencement will be held Saturday, May 13, 2017.  In the event of rain, graduates are able to pick up two inclement weather tickets from their department coordinator.

Regalia is needed to participate in the Doctoral Convocation, the Advanced Degrees Convocation, and the Commencement Ceremony.  All regalia is available from the Rice Bookstore

The Doctoral Commencement Brunch will be held following commencement on May 13, 2017.  You must RSVP and purchase tickets by May 1, 2017.  The 2015 brunch menu is available for your reference. 

Hotel and travel information is available via the Rice Procurement Office's website.  If your guests to these events will need a letter of invitation for a visit to the US for their consulate, the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) will be able to assist you. Please click the Letter Request link at the bottom of OISS website


May 2017 Degree Candidates

A graduation checklist for degree candidates is available.

Please note the following deadlines:

  • Non-thesis and Candidacy Master's Candidates

February 24, 2017 - Last day to submit Application for Degree to the Registrar's Office and the Petition for Degree Certification to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.  Degree candidates are encouraged to work with their department coordinators to submit the Candidacy Master's and Non-thesis Master's Petitions.

  • Thesis Master's and Doctoral Candidates

Information on thesis defense and thesis submission may be found at our thesis submission website.  Please contact your graduate coordinator if you have additional questions. 

February 24, 2017 - Last day to submit Application for Degree to the Registrar's Office and the Petition for Approval of Candidacy to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.  Degree candidates are encouraged to work with their department coordinators to submit the Petition for Approval of Candidacy (if you did not petition for candidacy at an earlier date). 

April 21, 2017 (NOON) - Deadline to submit thesis to the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for May 2017 degree conferral.


August and December 2016 Degree Candidates

The degree conferral date for mid-year degrees will be August 30 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 2016 degree conferral are expected to be available in the spring.  

A graduation checklist for degree candidates is available.


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