January 3, 2013
Students who are scheduled to graduate in May 2013 can begin to submit graduation applications to the Registrar’s Office. The deadline for submitting applications without a late fee is January 16, 2013.
All May graduates (JD, LLM, and MSL) must complete an Application for Graduation. This form is required by the University for any student to graduate. If you are a certificate student, you must write which Certificate Program you are in at the top of the Application for Graduation Form so we can include that information in the application process. The University Registrar usually doesn’t mail diplomas until late June or early July so please make sure to use an address where you or someone you know will be during that time. Also, the term for graduation is 2134 which you will note on the top of the application and the only information you will need to note on the second page is your name and PeopleSoft ID. Please do not staple the two pages together.
Joint degree students must indicate their joint degree at the top of the form. Joint Degree students must also apply for graduation at the other school where they are pursuing their joint degree in order to be awarded the degree from that school in addition to the JD degree. If you do not apply at both schools, you will not graduate.
All JD students are also required to download the Graduation Requirements Checklist from the Registrar's web page, complete it and submit it with your Application for Graduation. It is very important that you fill out this form because while our office will do an audit of each student, we may not get through them all before the end of the add/drop period so this will assist you in knowing that you are ok to graduate and avoid you having to pay late add/drop fees to make schedule changes if we catch something after the add/drop period.
Graduation Requirements and the Graduation Requirements Checklist are on the Registrar's web page. The checklist can be found as a PDF on the lower right portion of the page. There is also a link to the University’s website near the bottom that contains the Graduation Application which you will also need to download, complete and submit to the Registrar’s Office: http://www.law.pitt.edu/resources/graduation/requirements.
You should use PeopleSoft to assist you in completing the graduation requirements checklist. To access that information, you need to login to your Student Center in My Pitt (my.pitt.edu) and click on “My Academics”, then click on “View my advisement report” to view your degree progress. You will notice that a lot of the detail is on the system for both the JD requirements as well as the certificate programs. You may also find things that you have questions about that may appear to be a discrepancy. You can compare the information on your advisement report to the information on the Law School website for graduation to determine that you have met the requirements for graduation. If you have any questions, please contact the Law School Registrar’s Office. If you are enrolled in a certificate program, you can also use the requirements information that is in PeopleSoft to assist you in determining if your certificate program requirements have been met.
There is no charge to apply for graduation. However, if you do not submit the necessary paperwork by the deadline, the University will assess escalating fees for to apply for graduation after the deadline has passed.