Graduation Procedure Information

The center academic review office conducts a graduation review when the student has satisfied all requirements for the degree:

  • The student has a concurred degree program (the degree program and portfolio have been approved by the center assessment committee and by the Office of Collegewide Academic Review in Saratoga).
  • All Empire State College studies for the degree have been completed.

If all is in order, the center forwards a recommendation for graduation that triggers the following centralized reviews:

  • ACADEMIC CLEARANCE: The Office of the Registrar reviews your academic records, ascertaining that studies described in the evaluations are the same as those in your degree program and that all degree requirements are met.
  • FINANCIAL CLEARANCE: Student Accounts reviews your financial status, ascertaining there is no balance due.

The Office of the Registrar will notify you by mail of the approximate timetable of events leading to the awarding of your degree at this same time.

When both the academic and financial clearances have been completed, the Office of the Registrar assigns an official graduation date, the first day of the following month. The remainder of the processing, which includes ordering and processing your diploma, takes approximately eight weeks.

Centers hold recognition ceremonies where they recognize recent and upcoming Empire State College graduates. Contact your center for information about these events.