University of Pittsburgh School of Education


Graduation occurs three times a year: December, April, and August. Graduation is not an automatic process. You must complete an application (see below) for graduation before the deadline date, which generally is in the second week of the term of graduation for Fall and August graduates; for Spring graduates, the application deadline will be late in the Fall term. Upon review and final approval by the Office of Admissions and Enrollment Services and your advisor, your graduation is authorized and your diploma is ordered. You must be in good financial standing with the University to receive your diploma.

Your diploma, along with a complimentary official copy of your transcript, will be mailed to you approximately four weeks after the end of the term of graduation. Check this transcript carefully. Any discrepancies should be brought to the attention of the Registrar's Office immediately.  You will receive information about commencement via mail and/or email approximately one month before the ceremony.

The name you indicate on your graduation application must match exactly the way it appears in the University's student information system (PeopleSoft).

If you do not meet all the requirements for graduation in the term for which you applied, you must submit a new graduation application for a subsequent term.

Graduation Forms, Deadlines, and Requirements

Fulfilling all of your academic requirements is only part of what is necessary to graduate from the School of Education. You must also complete all of the required applications and forms. All of the forms, applications, and required paperwork can be downloaded from this site using the links below. Please read all of these materials carefully to ensure that you are in full compliance with all rules and regulations. Please contact Shelly Kinsel at 412-383-9705 or with any questions.

  December Graduation April Graduation August Graduation
SOE Graduation Ceremony Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018 Sunday, April 28, 2019  N/A 
Application Deadline: Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 Saturday, April 27, 2019
Additional Deadlines and
Application Form: Graduation Application*
Transfer Credit Petition: Course Credits Accepted Form

* See additional required forms below.
  • Plan of Studies Form
  • See also the 'Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD)' section below (as applicable)
  • Senior Survey must be obtained from 5500 Posvar Hall and submitted.

Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD)

All ETD authors must submit the approval form (PDF) to the School of Education's graduation coordinator after the defense. The graduation coordinator will email you with specific procedures and deadlines for ETD formatting and review. The University’s ETD formatting requirements are very strict, and your file must be approved by the graduation coordinator in order for your file to be published and your graduation approved.  Your dissertation should be typed into the Microsoft Word ETD Template, which can be found here.  Below are some additional useful links about your ETD.