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SHP Graduation

In order to be considered for a degree, an application for graduation is required.  As students approach their final semester, they must submit the Application for Graduation by the deadlines to the Registrar's Office. Once the degree audit has been conducted, students will be notified via their Rutgers email of their graduation status. If the student has been denied for the requested graduation, he/she must file a new graduation application for the next expected graduation date.

Degrees are conferred three times a year:

  • January (Finishing requirements in Fall semester of the prior year)
  • May (Finishing requirements in Spring semester of the same year)
  • August (Finishing requirements in Summer semester of the same year)

(Some joint students may follow their affiliates graduation dates)

University Commencement and the School of Health Professions Convocation are the graduation ceremonies all SHP students are invited to, held once a year in May. Attendance at either ceremony is not a guarantee of degree conferral.

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

  • Resolution of incomplete/in progress grades (I, IP)
  • Grade change (Grades will not be changed after the degree is conferred)
  • Submission of major projects, thesis or comprehensive exams.

Apply for Graduation »

  • DO NOT submit payment with your application. A graduation fee will be assessed upon completion of program requirements at the end of the intended graduation term.

Graduation Application Deadlines:     

January Graduation

November 1

May Graduation

February 1

August Graduation

Early Application March 1


Regular Application July 1

*August graduates who wish to participate in Commencement and/or Convocation MUST apply early.

Diploma Distribution

Certificates and Diplomas will only be released to graduates after confirming that all degree requirements have been met and any encumbrances have been cleared. Examples of these holds include: account balance, financial aid, library or student loans.

  • Diplomas may be picked-up at our Enrollment Management Welcome Center, located at the Health Sciences-Newark campus.
  • Certificates and diplomas can be mailed (free of charge) by submitting a Certificate/Diploma Release Form.

Frequently Asked Questions »

Office of Enrollment Services
65 Bergen Street, Room 147
Newark, NJ 07101-1709

Phone number: (973) 972-5454
Fax number: (973) 972-7463




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