Commencement Ceremony Information

Congratulations! You are close to completing your degree.

To participate in the Commencement Ceremony and to have your diploma scheduled for processing, please review the below steps:

  1. Review your final requirements with your advisor
  2. Enroll in your final courses and successfully complete your degree requirements
  3. Information including the Commencement Handbook, and instructions for how to reserve your spot, pick up your cap and gown, and receive tickets for family and friends will be emailed to your address on file. Please be sure all of your contact information is up to date in Student Self Service as well as the Online Portal.

Note: 2021 commencement details are still being worked on. Please check back later in the year.


To the 2021 Graduates of Academy of Art University and Their Families

Congratulations on your recent/upcoming graduation! The Academy of Art University believes it is important to recognize the hard work and dedication of our students, and we are committed to celebrating and honoring our graduates and their accomplishments.

The Academy of Art University will be hosting a virtual ceremony on Friday, December 17th, 2021, for graduates from Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and Fall 2021. Our goal is to provide you timely communication regarding our decision to hold a virtual graduation ceremony. The impact of bringing families together from all over the world has all the elements of an event that would not be in the best interest of your safety, and while we are disappointed that unusual circumstances are continuing to prevent us from holding an in-person graduation ceremony, we are still very excited to celebrate your achievements with you, your family and friends.
As we finalize plans for a virtual ceremony, we will keep you updated. Additional information will be forthcoming in the next few weeks, including an opportunity for all graduates to submit a photo as a part of the student recognition tradition.

On behalf of the Academy of Art University community, I congratulate the Class of 2021. If you have questions, please email


MA / MFA / MARCH Final Review

Read the Final Review Requirements.

Your Diploma

Your degree becomes official when it is posted to your transcript, not by your participation in the graduation ceremony. This will be mailed to you 4 months after the Registrar has confirmed that you have met all academic requirements and settled all financial obligations.

Keep current!

Your diploma will be sent to the HOME or designated MAILING address on file.  

Please make sure all of your contact information is up to date in Self Service.

Financial Aid Student Exit Interview

All federal student loan borrowers are required to receive Exit Loan Counseling upon graduation. Complete this or the Exit Loan Counseling packet mailed to you by the Financial Aid Office.

Important Information for International Students

If you are here in F-1 status (I-20), and have completed your degree requirements, you have 60 days from the day you complete your studies to do ONE of the following four things:

  • Leave the country
  • Apply for a change to another immigration status
  • Transfer to a new school or a new Academy of Art program, get a new I-20 for that program and begin attendance in that program in the next possible semester.
  • Begin Optional Practical Training (Note that you must apply for OPT before you complete your degree requirements.) Click here for OPT information and an application.

International students who require invitation letters for family or friends to attend the commencement ceremony must request that letter here.