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Graduation, Dates, Deadlines & Procedures - Spring & Summer 2021

March 8, 2021

The following information is for Drexel graduate students enrolled in quarter programs who intend to complete their program/degree requirements and graduate this spring or summer term. If this information does not apply to you, please disregard. Graduation dates and deadlines for Academic Year 2021-2022 will be posted on the Graduate College website over the summer.

First, we recognize that we are all experiencing an unprecedented set of circumstances due to COVID-19. We have encouraged all departments/programs to be flexible in accommodating disruptions to graduate students’ academic milestones. We encourage all students to maintain regular communication with your academic advisor(s) who can help you work through any concerns related to your academic progress as a result of COVID-19.

Students who are planning to complete their degree requirements 
MUST adhere to the deadlines and procedures outlined below.

Please note that individual programs/departments may have additional deadlines and requirements. We encourage you to discuss your graduation plans with your academic advisor(s).

Spring Quarter 2021

Students planning to complete their degree requirements and graduate at the end of the spring quarter MUST submit an Application for Degree via DrexelOne by Friday, April 23, 2021 in order to:


  1. Be cleared for graduation (degree to appear on official Drexel transcript as awarded June 12, 2021)
  2. Receive a diploma in the mail;
  3. And, be listed in the official 2021 Commencement program/booklet.

Please review the instructions on how to apply for graduation. Please note that your application for degree can be adjusted to a later term if you are unable to complete your degree requirements as planned. If there is a chance you will finish in spring, please submit an application for degree for spring quarter by Friday, April 23, 2021.

PhD and doctoral-level students, as well as some Master’s programs with thesis or dissertation requirements: In addition to the deadlines and requirements listed above, it is recommended that students schedule their final oral defense (Form D-4to allow enough time to complete any edits/revisions and re-submit for approval prior to the spring quarter completion deadline which is 4 p.m. ET Friday, June 25, 2021. All doctoral and completion forms listed on the Graduate College website, including the Graduate Program Completion Form, must be submitted to by 4 p.m. ET Friday, June 25, 2021.



A student who wishes to participate in Commencement this spring, but who will not have completed all degree requirements until the end of the subsequent summer quarter, must meet the eligibility criteria to be considered a "walkthrough." Please review the Walkthrough Policy here.

Students planning to graduate at the end of the summer quarter and who wish to participate in this spring’s Commencement and be listed in the official 2021 Commencement program/booklet MUST:

  1. Submit an Application for Degree" for summer quarter via DrexelOne by Friday, April 23, 2021;
  2. Contact their academic advisor(s) to complete and submit an “Application to Participate in Commencement Activities” by Friday, April 23, 2021;
  3. And, meet all eligibility criteria outlined in the Walkthrough Policy.

Please note that students who apply for summer quarter graduation by April 23rd and are approved to walkthrough this spring’s Commencement cannot be switched back to a true spring graduate if they finish earlier than expected.

After the April 23rd deadline, students graduating in the summer quarter may still apply to walkthrough and participate in this spring’s Commencement, but they will not be listed in the official 2021 Commencement program/booklet and their names will not be read aloud. Instead, they will be listed in the 2022 Commencement program/booklet.

Summer Quarter 2021


Students planning to complete their degree requirements and graduate at the end of the summer quarter and who are not planning to be part of this spring's Commencement MUST submit an Application for Degree via DrexelOne by Monday, July 19, 2021 in order to:


  1. Be cleared for graduation (degree to appear on official Drexel transcript as awarded September 4, 2021);
  2. And, receive a diploma in the mail.

Please click the link for instructions on how to apply for graduation. Please note that Commencement occurs once per year in the spring. If summer graduates wish to participate in this spring’s Commencement, please follow the steps above to "Walkthrough".

PhD and doctoral-level programs, as well as some Master’s programs with thesis or dissertation requirementsIt is recommended that students schedule their final oral defense (Form D-4to allow enough time to complete any edits/revisions and re-submit for approval in time for the summer quarter completion deadline which is 4 p.m. ET Friday, September 24, 2021. All doctoral and completion forms listed on the Graduate College website, including the Graduate Program Completion Form, must be submitted to by 4 p.m. ET Friday, September 24, 2021.

Diplomas & Transcripts


Visit the Drexel Central website for more information about receiving your diploma and requesting official academic transcripts. Diplomas will be mailed 8-10 weeks after the degree conferral date (date appearing on your diploma) to the address you indicated on your degree application in DrexelOne. If you need to update your diploma address, please do so via your DrexelOne account.



Please note that Commencement occurs once per year in the spring. Information about 2021 Commencement ceremonies and related activities is forthcoming. Please continue to check your Drexel email for updates on Commencement and related activities and/or check the Commencement website for updates.

Doctoral Student Celebration


Graduating PhD and doctoral candidates are invited to an annual Doctoral Student Celebration. Save the date for the 2021 Doctoral Student Celebration the morning of Friday, June 11, 2021, which will likely be offered in a virtual and/or hybrid format. Eligible candidates will receive an email invitation in the spring with more information.