When do I file my intent to graduate / submit my graduation application?

Modified on Wed, 27 Sep 2023 at 04:58 PM

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Lesley University offers three degree conferral periods per academic year: September, January, and May. If you're expecting to graduate, you must submit a graduation application on Lesley's Self-Service portal before the deadline for your expected conferral period. 

As of fall 2022, the degree completion fee is included in the comprehensive fee for undergraduate students. For graduate students, a $75.00 degree completion fee is assessed to your account when you apply to graduate. It is due within 48 hours. Graduate students can submit payment by logging into Self-Service. Select "Student Finance" in the navigation menu, and then choose the option, "View Billing Activity and Make a Payment" in the dropdown menu.

Graduation Date

Declaration of Intent Filing Deadline

Completion Deadline

January 15, 2024September 15, 2023December 30, 2022
May 18, 2024
January 31, 2024May 13, 2024 (12 p.m.) 
September 15, 2024July 1, 2024September 9, 2024 (Tentative)

To submit a graduation application, log in to Self-Service and follow the following steps:

1. From the Welcome page, select Graduation Overview. You can also access the Graduation Overview from the navigation menu. Select the Academics icon (it looks like a graduation cap), then open the Academics drop-down menu. Press Graduation Overview.



2. The Graduation Application page will load, with a table that displays your program of study, major, and application status. If you're eligible to submit a graduation application for your program, you should find an Apply link for your program in the Application Status column. Select this link.


3. You'll be redirected to a page that asks you to select your graduation term, enter your preferred diploma name (and its phonetic spelling, if you'd like to provide it), and confirm your primary location. You'll also need to indicate whether you will or will not attend Commencement, provide your diploma mailing address, and tell us if you want your name included in the Commencement program.


4. Press Submit.

5. If you've completed the above steps successfully, Self-Service will display a green banner with the message: "Your graduation application has been successfully submitted." It will also confirm the email address to which your confirmation message was sent.


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