Every year in May, The American University of Paris confers graduate and undergraduate degrees to its graduates during the graduation ceremony. All students who finish their degree during the academic year have to complete a degree application in order to participate in the May graduation ceremony.
There are three graduation dates per year, but only one ceremony. All graduates (fall, spring and summer) are invited to attend the one ceremony in May. For example, if you plan to graduate in fall 北京福彩网, we would invite you to complete your online degree application in order to participate in the May 2021 graduation ceremony.
University graduation policy stipulates that only those students who have completed all academic requirements will be declared graduates of AUP at the May graduation ceremony. If you have any outstanding monetary obligations to the University, you will not be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony. Students with missing elements (such as missing paperwork, incomplete grades in either courses or internships) and summer graduates will be permitted to participate in the ceremony but will be honored as future graduates. It’s also important to note for undergraduates that we will only announce honors for students who have completed all requirements by the Monday prior to the May graduation ceremony.
We recommend that you complete the online degree application together with your academic advisor. Make sure to schedule your appointment with your advisor ahead of time and prepare your meeting by reading information about the graduation process and Student Status Extensions. Also, print your degree requirements and your unofficial transcripts (via the Student Portal) and bring them to the meeting.
At the meeting, complete the online graduation application and do a degree audit together with your academic advisor.
Your advisor will then submit the application to the Registrar's Office for processing. Make sure to regularly check your AUP email for a confirmation from the Registrar's Office and other important communications concerning graduation.
Students expecting to complete all degree requirements during the Fall semester must submit the application by mid-October. Students expecting to complete all degree requirements during the Spring or Summer semester must submit their applications during Spring online registration in November.
If you want to register a zero-credit internship and obtain a convention de stage (legal requirement for internships in France) after you have completed your degree requirements, you must submit a Student Status Extension request before you are officially graduated by a stipulated deadline. You do not need to have secured an internship before submitting the request. Alumni are not eligible to receive a convention de stage from AUP. You must respect the request deadline because you will be considered a graduate as soon as your final grades are submitted.
Please note: Participation in the Commencement Ceremony in May does not imply that you officially graduated. You can request a Student Status Extension and still participate in the Commencement Ceremony.
You've come a long way since your first day at AUP, and soon you’ll have the diploma to prove it. To help you celebrate your achievement, The American University of Paris coordinates an annual graduation ceremony, known as Commencement. In order to prepare you for the event, the Registrar's Office has prepared some general guidelines, and a code of conduct to ensure Commencement is an enjoyable and joyous event for everyone.
The ceremony starts with a processional, when all of the professors and graduates enter the theater. Ushers will direct you where to sit. Go to the first row available and fill in as instructed. Please remain standing until you are invited to sit.
When it comes time to confer degrees, bachelor’s degrees will be conferred first, followed by master’s degrees. One by one, each group (B.A., B.S., M.A.) will be asked to stand. The Dean will present the candidates, and the President will confer the degrees.
You will receive your diploma during recognition, when you get to walk across the stage as your name is called. All students will be called up to the stage row by row. Have your name card ready. When you get to the stage, hand your name card to the member of the Registrar's Office.
The Dean will read your name, major, and Latin or departmental honors, as you receive your diploma cover from the President. The Chair of the Board of Trustees will also congratulate you. Graduate students will also shake hands with their program director.
Once everyone has received their diplomas and if you have completed all of your degree requirements, you will be invited to collectively turn the tassel on your graduation cap. This age-old tradition signifies that you have officially graduated. Undergraduates shift their tassel from the right to the left side of their graduation cap, or mortar board. Graduates shift their tassel from the the left to the right side.
The graduation ceremony ends with a recessional, when you exit the auditorium together with your fellow graduates. The President will invite you to join the reception, the faculty will exit, then the graduates, starting with the first row. Ushers will instruct you on how to exit the theater.
You will now officially be AUP graduates and a part of AUP’s global alumni network. Congratulations!