Graduation and Commencement

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Graduation and Commencement Due Dates

Marshall University observes four official Graduation dates during an academic year. The official graduation date is the date that appears on your diploma.


The official graduation dates are:

  • last day of final examinations in July;
  • last day of final examinations in August;
  • last day of final examinations in December;
  • day of May Commencement for the spring semester.

Marshall University observes two Commencement ceremonies each year to honor candidates for associate, baccalaureate and advanced degrees (master’s, specialist and doctoral).

  • The Spring ceremony honors students who complete their degree requirements between December and May and is held in May;
  • The Fall ceremony honors students who complete their degree requirements between May and December and is held in December.

Doctoral degree candidates are invested with the academic hood signifying the appropriate degree during the Commencement ceremony. Doctoral candidates may invite a major professor, advisor or dissertation committee chair to participate in the hooding. Master’s and Education Specialist candidates wear academic hoods with regalia during the ceremony.


It is your responsibility to request a change of your graduation date if you know you will not be able to meet requirements by the deadline. Please send an email to Jan Parker ( if you want to change your current graduation date to a later term. If you have paid the application fee you will not be charged a second time.

NOTE–diplomas are mailed a few weeks following the commencement ceremony. If necessary, make address changes with the Office of the Registrar to ensure receipt of your diploma.

If you have any questions, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 304-696-6410.