Answered By: Abigail Caraccio
Last Updated: Mar 26, 2018     Views: 12349

Graduation (degree conferral) occurs when students complete their degree programs. To ensure that the degree conferral process goes smoothly, students are encouraged to apply for graduation at the start of their last term in their program. To apply for graduation, follow the steps on the Student Support website myWalden: applying for graduation. A degree will not be conferred until after the term ends and the following have all been completed:

  • All grades have been posted.
  • All program requirements are completed.
  • The required GPA has been obtained.
  • The thesis, dissertation, or doctoral study has been submitted to and approved by the Chief Academic Officer (CAO), and has been published as per the guidelines sent to students via email after CAO approval has been given.

A diploma is sent to students (provided there are no financial holds on a student’s account) approximately 2-4 weeks after the degree conferral has been processed.

Commencement is an optional ceremony, celebrating the graduation of Walden students twice a year. Graduates attending commencement are responsible for purchasing their regalia for the ceremony. All graduates may purchase regalia and graduation merchandise from by visiting

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