Program Completion and Graduation

May 2018 Commencement: Degree students who wish to attend May 2018 Commencement and have their name in the Commencement Booklet should submit their DIG Forms by April 1, 2018. Students who will finish their degrees in the Summer 2018 and do not wish to attend Commencement must submit their DIG Form no later than August 1, 2018.

Completing an Undergraduate Certificate

If you have completed a 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 would also like to request that students completing a certificate program also take a couple of minutes to complete the Degree/Certificate Completion Survey so that we can collect your feedback on the certificate program for purposes of quality control.

Completing a Graduate Certificate Program

Graduate certificate courses must be completed within a five year period with a minimum 3.0 grade point average and with no more than one course with a grade below B. Once all the courses for a graduate certificate have been completed, students must complete and submit the "Graduate Certificate Clearance Form" which may be downloaded from the UMass Lowell Solution Center website. Please submit your completed form to: UMass Lowell Registrar's Office at 220 Pawtucket, Lowell, MA 01854-5129. Forms may also be scanned and emailed to

Completing an Undergraduate Degree Program:

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

Awarding of Degrees

The University confers degrees three times a year:

  1. For students completing degree requirements during the Spring, degrees are conferred on the commencement date in May and mailed out in June;
  2. For students completing degree requirements during the Fall Semester, the degrees are conferred in February and mailed out in March;
  3. For students completing degree requirements during the Summer term, the degrees are conferred at the end of August and mailed out in October.

Letters of Completion

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 Graduate online students requiring a letter of completion prior to their official graduation date may contact with this request in writing.

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

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.

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Will You Be Completing Your Degree Soon?

Join us at Commencement! All UMass Lowell degree program students, whether they completed their degree on campus or online, are invited to attend commencement upon successful completion of their program. 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 2018 can still submit DIG forms up until August 1st, but their names will not appear in the commencement book.

Read more about commencement, and check out University's Commencement Website for additional details.

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