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Degree Applications

WPI confers degrees and awards diplomas three times per year, in May, August, and December.  Commencement ceremonies for Undergraduate and Graduate students are held in May only.  

Degree Applications

In order to be considered for degree candidacy, each student MUST FILE AN APPLICATION with the Registrar's Office in accordance with respective deadlines below.  Graduate students must be registered in the semester in which the degree requirements are completed.  Both Undergraduate and Graduate Applications for Graduation are located below.

 

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE APPLICATION DEADLINES

Completion of Degree Requirements Application Deadline Degree Conferral Date
Fall Semester October 8th December
Spring Semester October 8th May
Summer Semester July 15th August

We are currently accepting graduation applications for December 2021 and May 2022.  If you are completing your degree requirements in the fall or spring, please complete the Undergraduate Graduation Application.  

GRADUATE DEGREE APPLICATION DEADLINES

Completion of Degree Requirements Application Deadline Degree Conferral Date
Fall Semester October 15th December
Spring Semester February 1st May
Summer Semester July 15th August

All degree candidates (Certificates, Master's, & PhD) must complete Step 1 below.  Then proceed to the applicable Step 2.

Early Completion

Early Degree Completion (Undergraduate Only)

Undergraduate students completing 100% of WPI graduation requirements by the end of A-term or C-term will be eligible for a 50% reduction of tuition for the semester of completion.  Eligible students must complete the forms available in the Registrar’s Office and submit by the end of B-term (for C-term completion) or D-term (for A-term completion).  Students/responsible parties will be billed for the full semester and then will be refunded 50% of the tuition bill once the graduation requirements have been signed off and the student’s withdrawal has been officially processed.  Qualified students receiving financial aid from WPI will retain 50% of any WPI scholarship, and their loan eligibility will be reviewed on an individual basis.  Students living in WPI housing will still be financially responsible for paying the full semester’s worth of room and board.

Commencement Policy

Commencement Participation Policy

Graduate Students

Master’s degree graduate students who are planning to complete their final courses (maximum 6 credits) in the summer term and graduate in September are eligible to participate in the previous May Commencement ceremony. Students who have thesis requirements remaining are not eligible. Students must be registered for all remaining requirements in the summer term by April 1 of the year they will be participating in order to be approved. Students may only participate in one ceremony per degree level. Students approved to walk will not receive their diploma, nor will the degree be conferred, at the May ceremony. They will also not be listed in the Commencement program. PhD students must complete all requirements before participating in a Commencement ceremony and are not eligible to participate in an earlier ceremony. No exceptions will be made to this policy.

Undergraduate Students

The policy for allowing certain undergraduate students who have not completed all degree requirements to participate in Commencement exercises is:

  1. Undergraduate students who have not met all degree requirements will be eligible to participate in Commencement exercises only if the student has 3/3 units or less outstanding degree requirements at the end of D term.
  2. Undergraduate students who meet this condition will be permitted to participate in Commencement exercises but will not receive their diploma.  The names of such students will not be included in the Commencement program.  The actual degree will be conferred only after all degree requirements have been completed.
  3. Undergraduate students seeking an exception to this policy have the right to petition the Committee on Academic Operations for a waiver due to extenuating circumstances.  Petitions must be received no later than noon the Wednesday before Commencement Day.

Graduation with Honors

Graduation with Honors (Undergraduate Only)

For all degree candidate students graduating from WPI after May 1, 2011, graduation honors will be determined as follows:

Graduation With High Distinction

An A or DIST grade on all four of the following:

  • MQP
  • IQP
  • Sufficiency or Inquiry Seminar/Practicum 
  • Eight units of work registered at WPI (exclusive of PE and of the MQP, IQP and the SUFF/Independent Study component of the Sufficiency or Inquiry Seminar/Practicum component of the Humanities and Arts Requirement).

Graduation With Distinction

A grade of A or DIST on the following criteria:

  • MQP
  • IQP
  • Sufficiency or Inquiry Seminar/Practicum
  • Four units of work registered at WPI (exclusive of PE and of the MQP, IQP and the SUFF/Independent Study component of the Sufficiency or Inquiry Seminar/Practicum component of the Humanities and Arts Requirement).

or a grade of A or DIST on the following criteria:

  • Two of the three projects: MQP, IQP and the SUFF/ Independent Study component of the Sufficiency or Inquiry Seminar/Practicum
  • Six units of work registered at WPI (exclusive of PE and of the MQP, IQP and the SUFF/Independent Study component of the Sufficiency or Inquiry Seminar/Practicum component of the Humanities and Arts Requirement).

Honors for Double Majors

If a student completes two majors, the student is awarded a degree with "Distinction" or "High Distinction" if the student meets the criteria above in either or both majors; if both awards are received, the degree is awarded with "High Distinction."