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All students are required to complete a graduation application online in order to receive a degree from Lehigh University.  

Applications must be submitted online by the following deadlines:A photo of a group of graduating students

  • Fall term graduation: Apply by October 1
  • Spring term graduation: Apply by February 1
  • Summer term graduation: Apply by July 1

Applications submitted after the specified deadline will be charged a $50 late application fee. No applications will be accepted within three weeks of the graduation date. Students who fail to submit an application must apply for the next available degree awarding date. 

Students are responsible for reviewing their degree audit (for UG students), meeting with an advisor, and ensuring that all degree requirements have been satisfied in accordance with the University Catalog. No degree will be awarded with incomplete requirements. All degree requirements must be complete by 8:30 AM(EST) the Friday before the graduation date. Students using transfer credit to receive a degree must submit an official transcript to Registration & Academic Services by this deadline in order to avoid graduation delays.

Undergraduate Graduation Checklist

Graduate Graduation Checklist

  • Apply for graduation by the deadline above

  • Review your degree audit

  • Meet with your advisor to make sure all degree requirements are satisfied

  • Review your student record to confirm that all declared majors/minors are displayed

  • Successfully complete all remaining requirements

  • Order appropriate regalia, contact bookstore 610.758.3375

  • Apply for graduation by the deadline above

  • Meet with your advisor to make sure all degree requirements are satisfied

  • Review your college's checklist

  • Master's Programs

    1. Submit completed, approved Master Degree Program form

    2. Submit your completed Thesis if required and bring a hard copy of the title sheet, original signature sheet of thesis, abstract, open access form and receipt from Bursar's Office

  • Doctoral Programs - Submit your completed Dissertation

  • Order appropriate regalia, contact bookstore 610.758.3375 



The University holds one commencement ceremony annually in May. Students who are within a year of graduation may participate in the ceremony. Students should not apply for spring graduation solely for the purposes of participating in commencement. Instead, students should apply for graduation for the semester in which they plan to complete their requirements and indicate their intention to participate in the ceremony when completing the online graduation application. Students must submit a graduation application by April 26 to have their name published in the commencement ceremony program.

If you are eligible to participate in commencement, you will receive additional communication from University Events about commencement (including ordering your cap and gown) during the spring semester of commencement. For more information on commencement, please visit the University Events Commencement website


Diplomas will be mailed to the address provided on the graduation application approximately 4-6 weeks following the degree awarding date. Students are responsible for providing a valid mailing address when submitting the graduation application. Students can review their graduation application including the diploma mailing address in their Banner account (Student Services --> Student Academic Records --> View Graduation Application). Students who wish to change their diploma mailing address should complete the diplomas address update form (Lehigh account and login required) at least two weeks prior to their graduation date.