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Graduate Program

Graduation - What You Need To Do

The best way to determine how many and which courses you have left is to meet with your CMT advisor. The Curriculum Checklist [pdf] will also help. You'll want to keep an updated checklist handy to keep track of what's left to take.

The first thing you need to do is complete an Application for Graduation form at least one semester before your anticipated graduation date. You'll probably receive one of these in your student mail folder. If you do not receive an application, contact the CMT staff assistant or your advisor. You should submit the application to the School of Communication Graduate Director for approval. Completing the form triggers an audit of your academic record to make sure that you meet the eligibility requirements for graduation.

The second task is to update your address with the Registrar's Office. They'll ask for both your local and hometown addresses. You can provide this information through the Student Information Systems (SIS) or by stopping by the Registrar's Office on the first floor of the Eastman Building.

Third, you'll need to resolve all outstanding financial obligations with RIT. These include tuition payments, parking tickets, library fines, and the like. You may need to visit several departments, such as Financial Aid, the Bursar and the Traffic Office to take care of any remaining business. Keep in mind -- your transcript and diploma will be withheld until all debts to RIT are paid in full.

The fourth task is to return any library books you've checked out. This, of course, need not be done until the week before graduation. But, if at graduation time you still have books that are not returned, your transcript and diploma will be withheld. While you're at it, be sure to pay off any overdue fines.

After the "administrative" tasks are complete, you'll finally get to do fun things, like make reservations for your friends and family to come to the commencement ceremony, pick up your cap and gown, attend graduation rehearsal and so on. Schedules for many of these activities will be communicated via e-mail and your mail folder.

Congratulations, you’re done!