• Grad Studies Graduation

Congratulations! This is an exciting time, and we are excited to celebrate you and your accomplishments during your studies at BYU. Because getting ready for graduation can be an involved process, please come here frequently to make sure you are meeting deadlines and are getting ready to make the most of your graduation day.

How to Apply for Graduation

Before starting your application for graduation, please take the opportunity to review your Graduate Progress Report.  You are the person most responsible for your degree, and our hope is that the Progress Report will either verify that you are right on track or that it will guide you to problems that need to be solved before you will be able to graduate.

The graduation application is online in AIM. You can access the application here, or by logging in to myBYU > click on School > click on Apply for Graduation.

The application will appear and you should read it carefully. Do the following:

  1. You must have an active ecclesiastical endorsement on file to be eligible to apply for graduation.
  2. Click on the link to review your Graduate Progress Report and make sure it is correct, including the names of faculty members on your graduate committee.
  3. Type in your name exactly the way you would like it to appear on your diploma (diplomas) including periods and any other needed punctuation such as accents, etc.
  4. Indicate whether or not you plan to attend graduation.
  5. Click ‘Submit Application’ link.

If you need to change your graduation semester, contact your program manager. If you don’t meet all the graduation requirements you will be withdrawn from graduation and will have to reapply for a different semester.

Graduation Dates and Deadlines

These deadlines are firm. Graduate students submitting materials after these deadlines will be considered for graduation the following semester.

If you are in a Thesis or Dissertation program, please visit our Thesis and Dissertation page for more information.

Note: Individual departments may have set deadlines earlier than those listed below. Departments may also have additional deadlines.

(Update 8/27/2018: With the announcement of Commencement Ceremonies only occuring in April of each year, these deadlines are undergoing revision. Please check back for further updates.)

Dec 2018 Apr 2019 June 2019 Aug 2019  
Oct 19 Jan 25 TBA TBA Last day for graduate students to apply for
graduation online in AIM.
Nov 2 Feb 8 TBA TBA Last day for departments to accept a student’s
graduation application in AIM (GRADQ,
GRADAPP, and ADV01).
Dec 14 Apr 12 TBA TBA Items that must be completed by final deadline
  • Schedule a final oral exam
  • Hold a final oral exam; complete
    qualifications; obtain committee
  • Submit dissertation or thesis to college
    dean for review and approval signature
    on ADV8d
  • Submit dissertation or thesis PDF for
    approvals on ETD site (department
    and college approvals)
  • Take ADV Form 8d to Graduate Studies 
    (105 FPH) once the ETD status shows
    "Grad Office Review"
None** Apr 25 None** None** Graduation — University Commencement
None** Apr 26 None** None** Graduation — College Convocations

*All students in dissertation or thesis programs must use ADV Form 8c to schedule the final oral examination at least two weeks before the exam. Final examinations may not be held during the “interim period” between semesters or terms.

**All graduates are invited to participate in the April University Commencement exercises.

Graduation FAQ

Have more questions? Before you contact our office, please take a moment to see our most frequently asked questions, as well as see the related links below.