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Graduation, the end and the beginning all rolled into one.  Below is the information you'll need to ensure that you've met the requirements and once you have, everything else you'll need to prepare for the big day.  Congratulations on a job well done, we're all proud of you!


Commencement dates are posted on our Calendar.  All dates are pulled directly from Lehigh University's Academic Calendar as they are posted.

Applications must be submitted to The Office of Registration & Academic Services by the following deadlines:

  • January Graduation: Apply by October 1
  • May Graduation: Apply by February 1
  • August / September Graduation: Apply by July 1

All applications received after the deadline date will be assessed a $50 late application fee.

In order to graduate, please make certain you have completed the necessary forms below.

Please note: Students who do not graduate in the semester for which they originally filed must complete and re-submit an Application for Degree for the semester in which they will graduate.

A student must be registered in the semester in which the degree is conferred.

Lehigh University offers one commencement ceremony each year in May. The ceremony is combined for both graduates and undergraduates. DE students who graduate in September, January and May are invited to "walk" at the University Commencement in May. Just inform The Office of Registration & Academic Services at 610-758-3195 or that you wish to participate in the May ceremony.  

You can find more information under the Commencement Day - General Information link below.

After the May ceremony, our DE office hosts an Open House for our graduating DE students and their families. Students will receive more information in early May.

Graduation Forms

  • Application for Degree
    • This form is now only available online through Banner. To access the form, log on to the Portal, click the Banner Icon, and click the Student Services tab / Student Academic Records. The last link on the list will take you to the online Graduation Application Form.

  • LU Program for Master's Degree
    • This form must be completed at the latest when student registers for their last course to satisfy their degree requirements. The form should be sent to the student's program department for approval signatures.  The department will then forward the form onto The Office of Registration & Academic Services. 


Commencement Day