Applying to Graduate

The Difference Between Graduation and Commencement

  • Graduation refers to actually receiving a degree from the University of Idaho once you have satisfied all requirements. Graduation certification begins after final semester grades are posted and continues until diplomas are printed and mailed the sixth week after the end of the semester.
  • Commencement is a ceremony and opportunity for students, families, friends and the University of Idaho community to celebrate their academic accomplishments. Participation in the ceremony does not mean you have graduated as you will not receive your diploma or degree on that day.

When To Apply For Graduation

Before applying to graduate, check your degree audit and meet with your academic advisor and ensure that any outstanding course work issues will be met. The application should be filed during the semester prior to the semester of graduation, preferably during the advising period for your final semester.

Graduation Semester

Deadline (without late fee)

Spring 2009

December 19, 2008

Summer 2009

May 15, 2009

Fall 2009

May 15, 2009


How To Apply

  • First, fill out the Apply for Degree form.  To do this, login to VandalWeb and select Student Information/Registration --> Apply for Degree. Read the instructions carefully and make your selections.
  • Hit the submit button and print the application form.
  • If you are an undergraduate student, complete the Graduating Senior Survey via the Student Information/Registration Menu.
  • Meet with your academic advisor to obtain their signature, approving your degree requirements. Remember that advisors are not available during dead week and finals week.  Graduate students will meet with their major professor for their signature.
  • Turn in your application form(s) to your College Dean or The College of Graduate Studies for graduate students. Your application process is not complete until the printed form(s) are received in your College Dean's or College of Graduate Studies office. Find your Academic Dean's office.
  • Then pay the application fee(s).

Cost of Applying for Degree

Baccalaureate, Juris Doctor,
Non-Thesis Masters, Specialists

Thesis Masters


Diploma Fee




Thesis / Dissertation Binding Fee




Publication and Microfilming Fee




TOTAL if applying
the deadline




TOTAL if applying
the deadline
($35 late fee)