Graduate Student Commencement & Degree Requirements
Commencement Participation Requirements
Master's degree students who have defended their theses and have substantially, but not completely, met all degree requirements may request permission to participate in the Commencement ceremonies with written recommendations from the appropriate Department Chairs and permission from the Dean of Instruction & Graduate Studies. No exceptions will be made to allow doctoral students who have not completed degree requirements to participate in Commencement. You must RSVP if you plan to attend the Commencement weekend ceremonies with the Office of Instruction and Graduate Studies (OIGS). If your RSVP is received later than 1 month before the last day of classes, your name might not appear in the Commencement program.
All academic requirements for the appropriate program and degree level must be satisfied prior to degree conferral. Students are referred to the College Catalog for the requirements for each graduate degree program offered by the College. All graduate students must be registered for at least one credit hour for the semester in which they complete degree requirements. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.000 for all courses taken as a matriculated student at ESF is also required for graduation.
In addition to successful completion of coursework and faculty requirements, students must submit additional paperwork before their degrees can be awarded. Forms are available online at link above and in OIGS, 227 Bray Hall.
- Make sure that capstone seminar has taken place (MPS students make arrangements with department). OIGS does not need details of capstone.
- Submit "Graduate Diploma Record and Key Return Form" to OIGS. University Police signature is required for key return – obtain in 19 Bray Hall.
M.S. & Ph.D. Students
- Pay Thesis Processing Fee at Cashier's office and submit "Thesis Processing Fee" form marked "paid" to OIGS.
- At least five days before defense, submit pdf draft of thesis/dissertation for format review to OIGS at firstname.lastname@example.org or 227 Bray Hall. Guidelines are found at http://www.esf.edu/graduate/documents/formatguidelines.pdf.
- Submit signed "Thesis/Dissertation Approval" form (8a) to OIGS.
- Submit final document to Google Forms (http://libguides.esf.edu/thesis_upload).
During the Middle Ages, monks and students wore academic regalia as protection from the damp and drafty conditions of monasteries and castles. Through the years, regalia evolved to represent and celebrate scholarly achievement. The colors of the hoods and various trimmings symbolized the disciplines and institutional traditions.
In deference to and in celebration of tradition and scholarship, ESF students who participate in Commencement Ceremonies are required to wear academic attire. Caps and gowns are available for purchase through the SU Bookstore in the Schine Student Center, (315) 443-9900.
The colors of the ESF Master's hoods represent the colors of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry: forest green, white and gold. Hoods are black with gold velvet lining with green, white & gold satin chevrons on the inside lining.
The colors of the Ph.D. hoods represent the colors of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry: forest green, white and gold. Hoods are black, with navy blue velvet outer lining and white & gold satin chevrons on the inside lining.