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
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, 883 Broadway Street, Room 104, Lowell, MA 01854-5129, Attn: Lauren Dufresne.
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 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.
Awarding of Degrees
The University confers degrees three times a year:
- For students completing degree requirements during the Spring, the degrees
are awarded in June and diplomas are available to students in June;
- 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
- For students completing degree requirements during the Summer
term, the degrees are awarded in October and the diplomas are available
to students in December.
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 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:
- 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.
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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