Application for Graduation

Ceremony Schedules

The Fall Commencement Ceremony held in December is intended for students completing their degree requirements in the fall semester. The Spring Commencement Ceremonies held in May are intended for students completing their degree requirements during the current spring or upcoming summer semester*. If you are unable to participate in Commencement during the appropriate semester due to other obligations and would like to walk at an earlier or later date, please contact the Office of Commencement directly at commencement@miami.edu or (305) 284-1824 for further instruction and to order your cap and gown.

*Please note there is NO summer commencement ceremony. Summer graduates should walk in the Spring Ceremony in May prior to degree completion, and apply to graduate via CaneLink during the spring semester.

Attendance and Eligibility

Students must apply online via CaneLink to participate in the ceremony. Fall graduates are eligible to apply during the fall semester and participate in Fall Commencement in December. Spring and Summer graduates are eligible to apply during the spring semester and should participate in Spring Commencement in May. Summer graduates may elect to defer participation in May and return to walk in the following Fall Commencement in December. Students who need to walk in a ceremony other than their designated graduation semester should contact the Office of Commencement or their academic advisor for details.

The final awarding of degrees and honors is contigent upon the satisfactory completion of the appropriate requirements by each candidate. The listing of a student's name in the printed program in no way implies or ensures his or her graduation or the award of honors. Diplomas are issued post-graduation by the Office of the Registrar.

If you have any questions regarding eligibility, contact the Office of the Registrar at (305) 284-2294 or your school/college.

Application for Graduation Dates and Deadlines

Fall 2017 Graduation application period: September 13 - October 13, 2017

Students who plan to complete their degree requirements in the fall semester are eligible to apply on CaneLink.

Spring/Summer 2018 Graduation application period: February 7 - March 2, 2018

Students who plan to complete their degree requirements in the spring or summer semester are eligible to apply on CaneLink.

Eligible candidates
apply on Canelink

Students should apply to graduate via Canelink during the appropriate semester regardless of intent to participate in commencement to verify important information regarding graduation and diplomas.

Application for Graduation Details

During the application process students will select the semester for degree completion, verify their name for printing on the diploma and publishing in the commencement program book, update mailing address preferences for the diploma, and complete the commencement ceremony registration. Commencement registration details collected include:

  • Number of guests attending for planning purposes only. NO tickets are required for any commencement ceremony.
  • Height and weight to determine the size for the cap and gown. Cap and gown are provided FREE to all students.
  • Permission to print your name in the commencement program book.
  • Doctoral students will verify additional information for inclusion in the program book: prior degrees earned, major, dissertation title, and advisor name. Do not submit the application with incorrect or incomplete details.

Please carefully review the details of your application before submitting. Any name changes other than abbreviating or removing a middle name must be requested in person with the Office of the Registrar. Official legal documentation may be required. More information regarding name changes may be found here.

Walking at Commencement Before/After Graduation Date

Students who graduated in the previous term or those who will not complete their degree requirements until the upcoming term and cannot participate in the ceremony during the appropriate semester may R.S.V.P. and order their cap and gown through the manual form. CaneLink can only be used during the semester of your degree completion eligibility. Students completing a degree in Fall should apply in the fall semester; students completing a degree in Spring or Summer should apply in the spring semester. There is no application period or commencement ceremony in the summer.

Cane ID will be required for the manual form registration. Examples of use of this form include:

  • Students walking early due to Plus One scholarships
  • Final semester study abroad/internship
  • Summer graduates who defer to walk until December, instead of May
    • Summer graduates should still apply for graduation in CaneLink during the spring prior to degree completion

If you need clarification on when to apply contact the Office of the Registrar at (305) 284-2294 or the Office of Commencement at (305) 284-1824.

When do you complete your degree?
When do you want to participate in commencement?
How should you apply?
Fall Semester On time!
Walk in Fall Commencement held in December
Complete CaneLink graduation application in September, select Fall, and click Yes for Commencement participation
Fall Semester I need to wait!
Walk later in Spring Commencement held in May
Complete CaneLink graduation application in September, select Fall, and click NO for Commencement participation.
Come back and sign up for Spring commencement
Spring Semester On time!
Walk in Spring Commencement held in May
Complete CaneLink graduation application in February, select Spring, and click Yes for Commencement participation
Spring Semester I need to wait!
Walk later in Fall Commencement held in December
Complete CaneLink graduation application in February, select Spring, and click NO for Commencement participation.
Come back and sign up for Fall commencement participation later in September with the manual form.
Summer Semester On time! (before degree completion)
Walk in Spring Commencement held in May
Complete CaneLink graduation application in February, select Summer, and click Yes for Commencement participation
Summer Semester I need to wait!
Walk later in Fall Commencement held in December
Complete CaneLink graduation application in February, select Summer, and click NO for Commencement participation.
Come back and sign up for Fall commencement participation later in September with the manual form.