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Graduation Information


Tufts University grants degrees three times a year: in February, May, and August but has only one commencement ceremony.  This ceremony occurs in May and all graduates completing their studies during that academic year are encouraged to attend. Participating in Commencement Day is a wonderful way for you to celebrate your academic achievements. PhD and MS regalia is provide by the School for students attending the ceremony.

Information about the 2022 Commencement.

First Steps Toward Graduation

To ensure that the graduation process goes smoothly, students are required to make an appointment with the Associate Dean to review degree requirements, thesis formatting instructions, and graduation deadlines. Please schedule this appointment as you are preparing to ask your thesis committee for permission to defend your thesis.

Contact Associate Dean Volchok.

Thesis Formatting Instructions

Before starting to write the thesis, students should carefully read the thesis formatting guidelines that apply to their degree.

Instructions for the Master's Thesis

Instructions for the PhD Thesis

Each document contains specific information about arranging content, formatting, style, fonts, and other required elements. Checking these instructions early in the process will save time in the end.

Students should also familiarize themselves with the ProQuest/UMI online thesis submission process found in Section 8 of the Formatting Instructions document.

Required Forms and Surveys

Students are required to submit the following in order to be cleared for graduation. Links to these forms and surveys are available on the Student Forms page.

PhD Students

  • Oral Defense Form
  • Approval of Thesis Revisions
  • Student Exit Survery
  • Survey of Earned Doctorate

MS Students

  • Thesis Defense Form
  • Student Exit Survey

Understanding what needs to be done and completing all the required forms before the deadlines will insure that your last days at GSBS go smoothly. Additional information can be found on the Student Forms page.

Graduation Deadlines

The deadlines for each of three graduation dates are listed below.

Date all Requirements must be Completed: 8/15/2021 1/17/2022 4/1/2022 8/15/2022
For Tufts University Official Degree Dates: 8/31/2021 2/12/2022 5/22/2022 8/31/2022


Graduates at commencement


Tufts University holds one commencement ceremony each year on the third Sunday in May to recognize all students who have graduated in the past year. 


GSBS Alums

GSBS has graduated over 1,100 students who have gone on to exciting careers in all aspects of biomedical science.