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Plan for graduation

Graduation is an exciting time, and we look forward to supporting you as you transition from a student to a Brandeis graduate. We hope you stay in contact with your instructors, your fellow students and the staff at GPS.


As you prepare to complete your master's degree program, please keep the following information in mind. And as always, please contact your student advisor with questions or concerns.

View the 2019 commencement video
View the 2019 commencement photo gallery

Apply to graduate

Submit an application to graduate form and your $100 graduation fee by one of the following deadlines:

Session of

Deadline to submit
application to graduate

Fall 1  November 1 February
Fall 2 November 1 February
Spring 1 February 1 May
Spring 2 June 1 August

We strictly enforce these deadlines. If you miss one, you must file an application for the next scheduled graduation time.

Logistics and ceremonies

The Rabb School holds its own diploma ceremony on the same day as the university's main commencement. Students who have been accepted into a master's degree program or a graduate certificate program and have completed all course requirements by May 5 of each year are eligible to attend both commencement ceremonies. Students who have completed requirements and received their diploma in August are eligible to attend the May commencement ceremonies of the following year. 

The commencement ceremonies are usually held on the third Sunday in May. During the GPS diploma ceremony, all degree recipients are called forward for recognition. 

At the main commencement ceremony, the President of Brandeis University and the Board of Trustees confer the degrees en masse. Tickets are required, and graduates are limited in the number of tickets available for guests. Find more information about the main commencement ceremony.

Register with B Connect

We invite you to register with B Connect and join the Brandeis University Alumni Association. The association offers a variety of valuable benefits and services for alumni to enjoy. We invite you to familiarize yourself with B Connect and other services available to GPS alumni. And remember to keep us posted on your professional and personal growth, as well as ideas for new areas of study we might consider. Your feedback is critical to our continuing success.

Learn More

View upcoming events

View our events calendar for the latest list of upcoming online admissions chats, webinars and other opportunities to get to know GPS programs, faculty and staff.

Get Advice

Brandeis GPS is committed to giving you the support you need to succeed. From the moment you begin the application process to the day you graduate and beyond, our advising team is here to support you. Talk to an enrollment advisor today.

Online Learning

Learn more about our unique approach to online learning and what makes a Brandeis GPS education so engaging.