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Intra-Term Degree Conferral


Vanderbilt has traditionally awarded degrees three times a year — spring, summer, and fall. On occasion, this presented problems for students who complete degree requirements in the middle of a term. In an effort to provide more flexibility and a more efficient posting of the degree, the Office of the University Registrar (URO), in conjunction with the associate deans of all ten schools, introduced an intra-term degree-posting process starting in 2017.

Process, generally 

Students must be approved by the Graduate School to graduate intra-term following the school-based degree certification process. All grades must be assigned to the student record, the requisite degree minimums and maximums must be met, and all degree audits (if any) must run clean. NOTE: No extensions will be given.


The URO will post degrees for students who have been certified by their school(s) in the middle of a term on the following schedule:

Intra-Term Graduation Dates: 
Submission deadline for intra-term graduates is the 15th day of the month of the degree conferral.

  • January 31
  • February 28(9)
  • March 31
  • May 31
  • June 30
  • August 31
  • September 30
  • October 31

End of Term Graduation Dates:

  • May 14, 2021 (Deadline to submit Intent to Graduate in YES: March 20, 2021)


The student will have their degree posted in the middle of the semester; however, they will be counted as a member of the cohort graduating at the end of the term (e.g., students who have degrees posted on September 30 will be part of the Fall graduating class). Diplomas will be dated on the intra-term date (see schedule above). Transcripts will reflect degrees as soon as they are posted. Additional impacts, including loan grace period, international student status, Vanderbilt computing, health services, student employment, and health insurance, are discussed in detail on the Application for Intra-Term Graduation.