Every year in May, The American University of Paris confers graduate and undergraduate degrees to its graduates during the graduation ceremony. All students who finish their degree during the academic year have to complete a degree application in order to participate in the May graduation ceremony.


University graduation dates and policy

There are three graduation dates per year, but only one ceremony. All graduates (fall, spring and summer) are invited to attend the one ceremony in May. For example, if you plan to graduate in Fall 2020, we would invite you to complete your online degree application in order to participate in the May 2021 graduation ceremony.

University graduation policy stipulates that only those students who have completed all academic requirements will be declared graduates of AUP at the May graduation ceremony. If you have any outstanding monetary obligations to the University, you will not be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony. Students with missing elements (such as missing paperwork, incomplete grades in either courses or internships) and summer graduates will be permitted to participate in the ceremony but will be honored as future graduates. It’s also important to note for undergraduates that we will only announce honors for students who have completed all requirements by the Monday prior to the May graduation ceremony.


Step-by-step instructions

We recommend that you complete the online degree application together with your academic advisor. Make sure to schedule your appointment with your advisor ahead of time and prepare your meeting by reading information about the graduation process and Student Status Extensions. Also, print your degree requirements and your unofficial transcripts (via the Student Portal) and bring them to the meeting.

At the meeting, complete the online graduation application and do a degree audit together with your academic advisor.

Your advisor will then submit the application to the Registrar's Office for processing. Make sure to regularly check your AUP email for a confirmation from the Registrar's Office and other important communications concerning graduation.


Degree application submission deadlines

Students expecting to complete all degree requirements during the Fall semester must submit the application during the Fall online registration in April. Students expecting to complete all degree requirements during the Spring or Summer semester must submit their applications during Spring online registration in November.


The graduation ceremony

You've come a long way since your first day at AUP, and soon you’ll have the diploma to prove it. To help you celebrate your achievement, The American University of Paris coordinates an annual graduation ceremony, known as commencement. Information about each year's Commencement Ceremony will be released in the months prior to the date.