There are three official graduations for graduate students per year, occurring at the end of the fall and spring semesters and at the end of the second summer session. Formal commencement exercises are held at the end of spring and fall semesters, but any student who graduated the preceding second summer session is eligible to participate in the December commencement. All students scheduled to graduate in the fall or spring semesters are strongly encouraged to attend the respective commencement. Any doctoral candidate wishing to have the degree conferred in absentia must notify the Graduate School in writing; Master’s candidates should contact their departments or programs.