Candidate Status

Undergraduates and Professional students (College of Veterinary Medicine/College of Pharmacy)

In order to be eligible to receive a degree at the end of the current academic session, you should have applied for Graduation by the deadline listed in myPurdue. You can find the link and deadlines in myPurdue: Destination Graduation channel. For information on how to apply to graduate, go here. Check with your academic advisor or the candidate coordinator in your college/school's academic advising office to confirm you are on track to graduate in the term you applied to graduate.

If candidates do not fulfill their degree requirements in the term they applied to graduate, it will be necessary to submit a new application for a subsequent semester. Please contact your advisor for further information.

How to Apply to Graduate

Student-Apply to Graduate FAQ

Graduate students

In order to be eligible to receive a degree at the end of the current academic session, you should have a candidate course (CAND) in your registration. Check with your major professor or Graduate Registration Contact in your department if you are not registered in a CAND course in the semester you plan to graduate.

If candidates do not fulfill their degree requirements, it may be necessary to register for a subsequent semester in order to complete degree requirements. Please contact your major professor or Graduate Registration Contact in your department for further information.

Returnee Participation Information

Each candidate is expected to attend the commencement ceremony at the end of the semester (or session) in which their degree is awarded. Students may not participate in a given ceremony before they are eligible to graduate. It is not acceptable for students to be added to the candidate list for the sole purpose of participating in a ceremony.

The only allowable exception is for those candidates who would like to participate in a ceremony after their degree has been awarded. In this case, a written request must be submitted to commencement@purdue.edu by the following deadlines:

  • Winter Commencement - the Commencement Department must receive a returnee participation request and have responded with an approval memo no later than September 1.
  • Spring Commencement - the Commencement Department must receive a returnee participation request and have responded with an approval memo no later than December 1. At this time, the Commencement Department is no longer accepting any more requests from students in the Graduate School due to the number of requests that have already been received and approved. Only undergraduate students may request to delay their walk until May as space allows.
  • August Commencement - the Commencement Department must receive the participation request and have responded with an approval no later than June 1.

In all cases, the Commencement Department will respond to the approved Returnee Request with an emailed memo.  If an approval memo has not been issued, the Returnee Request is not complete.  Contact commencement@purdue.edu with any issues or questions.

* NOTE: Submission of a request does not constitute approval. Requests are approved at the discretion of the Commencement Department.

Please include the following information in your email request:

  • Student Name
  • Purdue ID Number
  • Term of candidate's graduation
  • Identify the ceremony in which you wish to participate

Final Candidate Status

Questions concerning your final status as a candidate should be directed to your college/school advising office.

Final Grades

Grades will be available on myPurdue the Wednesday before graduation for spring graduates and the Wednesday after graduation for summer and winter graduates.

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