Applying to Graduate

The application deadline to participate in the May 8, 2021, commencement ceremony is December 18, 2020.

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 double majors), you must fill out and submit the online Application for Graduation form. Graduation applicants who indicate they will participate in the May 2021 commencement ceremony will receive additional information from the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs by February 2021.

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

  1. Carefully review your degree audit online at my.berklee.edu to confirm that you meet all requirements.
  2. Obtain your correct major grid.
  3. Carefully review the additional graduation requirements.
  4. Review the Graduation Planning Workshop, which contains important information and resources.

Students are invited to complete the Application for Graduation by the graduate specialist in the Office of the Registrar. 

Application for Graduation (login required)

For questions about planning your final semester(s) and graduating in the spring 2021 or summer 2021 semesters, you can schedule an appointment (login required) with an academic advisor.

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. The commencement page will be updated regularly with important information pertaining to the May 8, 2021, commencement ceremony.

Students who plan to graduate in the summer 2021 semester may participate in the May 2021 commencement ceremony provided that, at the end of the spring 2021 semester, 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 degree audit requirements in the summer immediately following the commencement ceremony. 

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 completed. Degrees and diplomas are officially conferred only upon completion of all academic requirements.

Berklee College of Music confers undergraduate degrees and diplomas three times each academic year:
  1. The last day of the fall semester
  2. The last day of the spring semester
  3. The last day of the summer semester
If you complete your program requirements between conferral dates, you will officially graduate on the following conferral date.
 

The Office of the Registrar will review all applications for eligibility. All applicants will be notified by early February 2021 if they are eligible to participate in the May 8, 2021, commencement 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 email gradspecialist@berklee.edu. The Academic Advising office as well as your departmental advisors are 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.