Graduation Information

Students planning to graduate should submit a degree approval form to the registrar. Students must be registered for the term in which they graduate.

For additional information regarding the degree approval process, visit the registrar’s page on the RUConnected student portal. Contact the registrar’s office at (312) 942-5681 if you have any questions.

Commencement eligibility

Students may participate in the commencement ceremony if they meet the following criteria:

  • Graduated in the fall, winter or spring term immediately preceding the current academic year’s ceremony
  • Anticipate graduating at the end of the spring or summer terms that immediately follow the current academic year’s ceremony

Certificate candidates are ineligible to participate in the commencement ceremony.

Doctoral students writing a dissertation and master’s students writing a thesis must provide the title of their project by the date indicated on the degree approval form to have that title included in the commencement program.

Publication of a student’s name, academic credentials and dissertation or thesis title in the commencement program does not indicate that a degree has been officially conferred by Rush University.

Appeal process

A program director who feels an exception should be made to the above policy must submit an appeal in writing to the dean of her or his college. In addition, the program director must inform the Office of the Registrar that an appeal has been submitted so that the Office of the Registrar can inform the college of any reason why the request should be denied.The final decision rests with the dean of the college. The dean must inform the program director and the Office of the Registrar of the decision.

The policy above was reviewed and approved by the Rush University Policy and Procedure Committee on Nov. 4, 2013.