Submission of a graduation application to SPD is mandatory, regardless of whether you plan to participate in graduation ceremonies. In order to receive your diploma, you must submit a formal application to SPD by the deadline published in the Registrar's Calendar for the School of Professional Development (SPD) and in the SPD Academic Calendar on the SPD website. Graduation applications are submitted via the student's SOLAR System account.
You are eligible for graduation when you have met the published requirements
for a certificate. To qualify for graduation in any semester,
you must have all academic requirements completed by the last day of
In addition, all SPD certificate candidates must:
- Maintain at least a 3.00 (B) cumulative grade point average (GPA)
for all graduate courses taken at Stony Brook, as well as a 3.00
GPA for the credits required to earn the certificate.
Grades earned in transferred courses are not included in any calculation
of the cumulative GPA to determine eligibility for graduation.
- Complete all requirements within three (3) years of matriculation.
There are two University-wide commencement ceremonies each year, one
in May for candidates graduating at the end of the spring semester,
and one in December for students completing requirements in the summer
or fall semester.
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