Plan for Graduation

This year's diploma ceremony for Graduate Professional Studies was held virtually on May 23, 2021. View the 2021 commencement celebration.

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.

Apply to Graduate

You will receive a Graduate Degree Application from the Registrar's Office, along with instructions to update your diploma name and mailing address. Your application will be due by one of the following deadlines:

Session of Program Completion Approximate Application Deadline Degree Conferral Date
Fall-1 November 1 February 1
Fall-2 November 1 February 1
Spring-1 March 1 May commencement date
Spring-2 June 15 August 31

Logistics and Ceremonies

The Rabb School holds its own diploma ceremony on the same day as the university's main commencement. In order to attend commencement ceremonies, students must have completed all program requirements by the end of the Spring-1 Session of that academic year. 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.