Graduation

Graduation is the culmination of a student's career at Rice University. Information about how to prepare during your final year for this important event can be found on the Preparing for Graduation page, while information regarding the spring Commencement ceremony is available via the Rice Commencement page. Instructions for obtaining your diploma or ordering a replacement diploma can be found on the Diploma Information page.

Important things to remember about graduation:

  • Degrees are conferred three times a year, in December, May, and August.
  • Commencement ceremonies are held once a year, in May.
  • The 108th Commencement Ceremonies will be held May 14-15, 2020.

Studying Abroad During Your Senior Year

The Study Abroad Office, along with the Office of the Registrar, strongly discourages students from completing degree requirements while participating in a study abroad program during the final semester of their senior year.

However, should students choose to complete degree requirements while abroad in the spring, it should be noted that their degree will not be conferred until the official transcripts have been received which will delay graduation until the following August or December. Likewise, if students choose to complete degree requirements while abroad in the fall, their degree will not be conferred until the following May.