Graduation Process

Students must be registered for the quarter in which they graduate.

Application for Graduation
No later than the second week of the quarter in which a student expects to graduate, all degree candidates must submit a completed Intent to Graduate form to the Office of the Registrar. Students graduating in the summer quarter must submit their Intent to Graduate form no later than the second week of the spring quarter. Students who do not submit the Intent to Graduate form by the deadline will be charged a $25 processing fee.

Degree Approval
Students should review their academic program's policies for specific graduation requirements. All students are required to submit a Degree Approval form to the Office of the Registrar after completing all academic requirements (including dissertation defense and submission of the dissertation to the library for microfilming).

Some master's programs require a thesis to meet degree requirements. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) candidates must complete a dissertation. Both are developed through faculty-guided independent research projects. Review of a thesis or dissertation will follow the sequence of steps as described by each college including the prescribed preparation manual for each degree. Copies of these manuals are available in each graduate division and in the Library of Rush University Medical Center. Each thesis/dissertation must be original and cannot have been used to meet the requirement of any other degree, either at Rush University or any other university. Each student will have a committee whose role is to assure that the student's thesis/dissertation is of high quality and meets the standards of the program and the University for originality, contribution to the field and scholarly presentation. The committee also assures that the student is making satisfactory progress toward completion of the dissertation. At or near the completion of the thesis/dissertation, each student will share with the academic community at-large the knowledge developed via a public presentation. Two weeks prior to the presentation of the dissertation, a student is responsible for posting announcements on institutional bulletin boards regarding the presentation. The announcement must contain the title of the dissertation, the student's name, the location, and date of the presentation. The public presentation must precede the final approval of the thesis or dissertation by the thesis/dissertation committee. A copy of the thesis/dissertation must be approved by the Director of the Library of Rush University Medical Center, microfilmed by Proquest Information and Learning Company, and a copy must be bound for permanent cataloging in the library. Students who are planning to participate in the June commencement ceremony should review the Commencement Ceremony page for further information and policies.

Awarding of Degrees
Rush University degrees are dated the Saturday of finals week during the quarter in which all degree requirements are completed. Degree requirements must be met fully before the next quarter officially begins; otherwise, the student will be required to register for the subsequent quarter and will graduate at the end of that quarter.

Degree requirements include all curricular and other program pre-requisites, such as required courses, residency, minimum grade point average (2.00 cumulative for baccalaureate and 3.00 cumulative for graduate level), cumulative quarter hours, etc. Before a degree will be granted, all grades of incomplete ("I") must convert to final grades. Outstanding financial obligations have no effect on the awarding of degrees; however, the student's transcript and diploma, and other notification of degree conferral will be withheld until a student's financial obligation has been met.

Commencement Ceremony
See the Commencement page in the Catalog for further information.

Latin Honors
Candidates for the bachelor of science degree who have demonstrated academic excellence are honored at Commencement by the Rush University faculty. Those earning a 3.40 to 3.59 cumulative grade point average at Rush are awarded the bachelor of science degree cum laude; those with 3.60 to 3.79 cumulative grade point average, magna cum laude; those with 3.80 to 4.00 cumulative grade point average, summa cum laude. Only Rush University courses are calculated into the grade point average. Latin honors appear on the student's transcript, diploma, and are typically announced during the graduation exercises including the Commencement ceremony and at college/departmental convocation/awards ceremonies.

Graduation Prizes and Awards
Many prizes and awards are given at the time of graduation. Award winners are identified in the Commencement ceremony program and in college/departmental convocation/awards ceremony programs. A current list of prizes and awards is available at