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Office of the Registrar

Application for Graduation

In order to be considered for a degree, an application is required. Students may apply through CUNYFirst using the pull-down menu in their student service center. For step-by-step instruction, click here. Students who have been previously denied or students who are trying to revise their graduation date must submit the Application for Graduation.

Once the degree audit has been conducted, students will be notified only if there is a problem via their Baruch webmail account. If the student has been denied for the requested graduation, he/she must file a new graduation application.

Degrees are conferred three times a year:

  • December (finishing in Fall semester of the prior year)
  • May (finishing in Spring semester of the same year)
  • September (finishing in Summer semester of the same year)

"Graduation" or "conferral of degree" are synonymous. They refer to the date that the degree is awarded. "Commencement" is the ceremony that is held once a year in late May or early June. Attendance at Commencement is not a guarantee of degree conferral. For information about Commencement, please check with the Office of Student Life (Newman Vertical Campus, Room 2-210) or visit Commencement @ Baruch.

Graduation Application Opening Dates and Deadlines:

  • Fall 2017 graduation: Opens on August 24, 2017; closes on September 14, 2017

    Please note:

  1. Students who graduate as of September 1, 2017, or December 31, 2017, will appear in the 2018 Commencement Program.
  2. For information about the Commencement ceremony, please check with the Office of Student Life (Newman Vertical Campus, Room 2-210) or visit Commencement @ Baruch.

Graduate students must be enrolled or maintain matriculated status for the semester in which they intend to graduate.

Students must be registered for courses taken towards a degree at Baruch College or pay the Maintenance of Matriculation Fee.

Maintenance of Matriculation Fee (for graduate students only):

NYS Residents                               $215.00 per semester
Non-Residents                                $350.00 per semester

No changes will be made to students' academic records after the degree has been awarded.

All degree requirements must be met before the date the degree is conferred. This includes:

  • Resolution of incomplete/temporary grades (INC, PEN, Z, ABS,WA)
  • Grade change (Grades will not be changed after the degree is conferred.)
  • Submission of major project, thesis, or comprehensive exams
  • Permit and study abroad course grades (An official transcript from the host college must be submitted to the Registrar's Office at Baruch College. It is not recommended to go on permit or study abroad during your final semester, as it may jeopardize your graduation.)


The diplomas for both undergraduate and graduate students are available approximately 4-6 weeks after the degree conferral date. Once they are ready, we will send an email to your Baruch account with instructions for picking up your diploma. 

Graduates who wish to change their address can fill out an Address Change Form. You may request to have your diploma mailed if you reside outside the five boroughs of NYC. To have the diploma mailed to you, follow the instructions stated on the Request for Diploma to be Mailed form. The letter must contain your name, date of birth, social security or ID number, a copy of your photo ID, and the complete mailing address of where you would like your diploma sent. Diplomas mailed to addresses outside of the U.S. frequently take several weeks to arrive from the date that they are sent. It is strongly recommended that you authorize a proxy located in the New York City area to pick up the diploma instead of international mailing, if at all possible. The Office of the Registrar is not responsible for diplomas that are lost in the mail.

Cancellation of Graduation:

Students who file for graduation during their final semester are not allowed to enroll in any courses for the semester after graduation. Once you have met all degree requirements, you must graduate and are not permitted to continue taking additional courses. If you wish to take additional courses, you must be admitted to a new degree program or enroll in courses as a non-degree-seeking student.

If you need to change your expected date of graduation or are denied graduation you must submit a revised Application for Graduation to the Office of the Registrar. At this point your record will be reactivated allowing registration for the subsequent semester (only if degree requirements have not been met). Once the graduation application has been cancelled, students must reapply for graduation.