The University of Pennsylvania confers degrees in May, August, and December. Commencement and diploma ceremonies are held in May.  

The Graduate Division of Arts and Sciences oversees the graduation process for all PhD, AM and MS degrees at the University. Degree candidates should apply online via the Degree Candidate System according to the dates listed in the Degree Calendar. The University's requirements for formatting the dissertation are in the Dissertation Manual (revised October 2012).

The specific deadlines for notification are listed on the Degree Calendar. Please read the Doctoral Dissertation Manual for assistance with formatting your work.