Academic Policies - Graduation/Program Completion

See also the University's Commencement Website

Undergraduate Students Applying for Graduation:

The deadline for students to apply for graduation and have their name appear in the commencement book is March 1st. Students can still submit DIG forms after March 1st, but their names will not appear in the commencement book.

Business, Criminal Justice, Engineering Technology, Information Technology, and Mathematics students need to submit a Declaration of Intent to Graduate (DIG) to the Online and Continuing Education Department. The completed form can be emailed to or faxed to 978-934-4006. 

Bachelor of Liberal Arts students should email 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

Click here for information regarding the completion of certificate programs.

Awarding of Degrees

The University confers degrees three times a year:

  1. For students completing degree requirements during the Spring, the degrees are awarded in June and diplomas are available to students in June;
  2. For students completing degree requirements during the Fall Semester, the degrees are awarded in February and the diplomas are available to students in March; and
  3. For students completing degree requirements during the Summer term, the degrees are awarded in October and the diplomas are available to students in December.

Verification of Degree Completion

Individuals who wish to submit verification of degree completion to their employers or to graduate schools during the period between the end of their final grading period and the conferring of degrees may obtain a "Letter of Completion" by emailing or by calling 978-934-2919.

University Honors

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 laude.

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:

Summa Cum Laude: 3.850 - 4.0

Magna Cum Laude: 3.500 - 3.849

Cum Laude: 3.250 - 3.499

National Honor Society

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.

University Commencement

Graduation exercises are 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.

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