If you have completed an undergraduate certificate program, you must fill out a Certificate Petition Form and submit it to Online and Continuing Education in order to have the certificate formally noted on your transcript. We also ask that students completing a certificate program complete the Degree/Certificate Completion Survey so we can get your feedback for purposes of quality control.
Graduate certificate courses must be completed within a five-year period with a minimum 3.0 grade point average and no more than one course with a grade below B. Once all courses for a graduate certificate have been completed, students must complete and submit the Graduate Certificate Clearance Form. Please submit your completed form to: UMass Lowell Registrar's Office, 220 Pawtucket Street, Lowell, MA 01854-5129. Forms can also be scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Business, Criminal Justice, Engineering Technology, Information Technology and Mathematics students need to submit a Declaration of Intent to Graduate (DIG) form to Online and Continuing Education. The completed form can be emailed to OCEgraduation@uml.edu or faxed to 978-934-4006.
Bachelor of Liberal Arts students should email Joseph_Lipchitz@uml.edu to apply for graduation.
Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology need to apply for graduation through the Psychology Department using the Psychology Department DIG form.
Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in English must submit a DIG form to the English Department for clearance. Students should work with their assigned advisor, or with Dr. Todd Avery, to complete and submit their form. Dr. Avery can be reached at Todd_Avery@uml.edu.
The University confers degrees three times a year:
Undergraduate Online and Continuing Education students who wish to submit verification of degree completion to their employers or to graduate schools during the transitional period between the end of final grading and when the degree is officially awarded, may request a "Letter of Completion" by emailing Rebecca_Santiago@uml.edu. Graduate online students requiring a letter of completion prior to their official graduation date may contact email@example.com with this request in writing.
The University awards degrees with
three levels of distinction upon those graduating students who have
attained exceptional scholastic distinction. Three levels of distinction
are noted at commencement: summa cum laude, magna cum laude and cum
University honors are officially entered on the permanent record of students. To graduate with honors a student must have achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.25 for all courses completed at the University and must have earned a minimum of 60 semester credits at the University as an upper-class student. A total of nine (9) credits of departmental exam and/or courses graded "S" may be used toward the 60 credits needed to be considered for University Honors. Credits taken on a Pass/Fail basis may not be counted toward the 60 credit requirement.
Three levels of distinction are noted at commencement:
The Gamma Delta Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda is a national honor society for Continuing Education students. The aim of Alpha Sigma Lambda is to recognize adult students who achieve academic excellence in their course work while performing the many responsibilities associated with their families and careers. Eligibility for membership requires that students rank in the top 10 percent of all students who meet certain academic requirements. Selections for membership are made during the Spring, and students who are invited to become members are inducted into the Society in April. Find out about UMass Lowell's Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society, a nationwide organization that recognizes the academic excellence of Continuing Education students.
Commencement is held once a year in late May or early June. Undergraduates who have completed requirements during the preceding Fall Semester, who complete degree requirements during the current Spring Semester, and who anticipate completion of degree requirements during the next immediate Summer term are encouraged to attend commencement exercises, and their names are listed in the commencement booklet.
All UMass Lowell degree program students who successfully complete a degree on campus or online are invited to attend commencement. The deadline for students to apply for graduation and have their name appear in the commencement book is April 1st. Students who anticipate completing their programs in the Summer can submit the Declaration of Intent to Graduate (DIG) form up until August 1st, but their names will not appear in the commencement book.