Applying to Graduate

To start the graduation process, you must first apply to graduate. If you are nearing the completion of your degree or diploma requirements (semester level six or above/level eight or above for dual majors), you must fill out and submit the online Application for Graduation form. You will get a confirmation email once you've submitted it successfully. The deadline to submit the Application for Graduation form is October 19, 2018.

In order to determine if you are eligible for graduation, please follow these steps:

  1. Run a degree audit online at my.berklee.edu to confirm that you meet all requirements.
  2. Obtain your correct major grid.
  3. Click on the additional graduation requirements link at the top of the Major Grids page, and read it carefully.

Berklee College of Music’s main commencement ceremony takes place each May and is intended to celebrate students who graduated the previous fall or spring semesters, as well as students expected to graduate during the following summer semester. Students who graduate in the summer may participate in the May ceremony, provided that at the end of the spring they:

  1. have 16 or fewer course credits remaining (13 credits for diploma students),
  2. have no course sequences that would require enrollment in more than a single semester, and 
  3. have the ability and intent to complete all remaining requirements in the summer immediately following the ceremony. 

In order to participate in the May ceremony, students who have not satisfied all their program requirements by the end of the spring semester must demonstrate their ability to finish over the summer by submitting a course plan to the graduation specialist. All others will be celebrated at the commencement ceremony the following year.

For each degree or diploma received, a student is eligible to participate in one and only one commencement ceremony.  

Participating in the commencement ceremony does not mean all graduation requirements have been satisfactorily completed. Degrees and diplomas are officially conferred only upon completion of all academic requirements.

The Office of the Registrar will review all applications for eligibility. Students will be notified via email if there are any problems with their application. All students will be notified by the end of the spring 2019 add/drop period if they are eligible to participate in the ceremony.

Regardless of commencement attendance, all students wishing to graduate from Berklee College of Music must submit an application. Filling out the Application for Graduation form is the only way to notify the college of your graduation plans. Failure to submit the Application for Graduation form by the posted deadline will delay processing of your academic record and diploma order, and your name will not be listed in the ceremony program.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact the graduation and curriculum specialist, Arielle Schwalm-Levine, at gradspecialist@berklee.edu. The Academic Advising office as well as your departmental advisors are also available to assist you with your graduation plans. While we will do everything to help with the process, the final responsibility for meeting graduation requirements rests solely with each student.