Graduating Students

Graduation is on the horizon. You’re finishing your academic program requirements. You’ve told all your friends. Now it’s time to make it official by taking these important steps. Once you’ve completed these, you’ll be ready for the congratulations and confetti.


You’re eligible for graduation, and allowed to participate in commencement activities, if:

  • You have declared your intent to graduate by the appropriate deadline (see below).
  • You have completed all degree requirements.
  • You have met all financial obligations to Lesley University.


  1. Check your unofficial transcript on LOIS
  2. Review transcript with your academic advisor.
  3. File your declaration of intent to graduate on LOIS.
  4. See “Check My Holds” on LOIS to make sure your bills are paid.

May graduation candidates: expect to do accelerated coursework during the final semester; all grades, including outstanding incompletes, are due two weeks prior to graduation.

Transfer credit, life-experience portfolio credit, and course-waiver procedures must be completed prior to the beginning of the final semester before anticipated graduation.


Lesley offers four conferral periods per academic year:

Graduation Date Declaration of Intent Filing Deadline Completion Deadline
August 25, 2019 July 1, 2019 August 9, 2019
November 25, 2019 October 1, 2019 November 8, 2019
February 25, 2020 January 2, 2020 February 7, 2020
May 16, 2020 April 1, 2020 May 11, 2020 (12 PM)

Intent to Graduate

Declaring your intent to graduate will place you in line for an academic audit. Once your audit is complete, the Registrar will let you know your status. Be sure to regularly check your email on LOIS or the email account you use for Lesley communications.

A declaration of intent to graduate must be filed whether or not you intend to participate in the commencement ceremony.

  • How to Declare Your Intent to Graduate on LOIS

    On LOIS, the declaration of intent to graduate form is available at all times; as each deadline passes, it is removed from the list of choices. To file your intent to graduate on LOIS, log in and follow the following prompts:

    1. Click the checkbox to indicate the academic program from which you plan to graduate.
    2. Click Submit.
    3. Enter the exact name you want on your diploma.
      Pay attention: this field defaults to your title, first name, middle initial, and last name, e.g. Mr. Mickey M. Mouse. You must enter the correct diploma name, and remove your title in this field!
    4. If you want your diploma sent to an address other than your usual mailing address, enter that address information in the appropriate fields (this does not change your permanent address).
    5. From the drop-down list, choose the date on which you plan to graduate.
    6. Click Submit.
    7. The system will process the information you've entered and return a confirmation notice on the next screen. Click OK.
    8. This automatically generates the $75 degree completion fee, which will be billed to your student account.


A $75 degree-completion fee is billed to your student account when you file your declaration of intent.

Late filing fee is $150. If you miss the deadline, you won’t be able to file online and must submit a late filing form (see above for deadlines). If you file late for May graduation, your name won’t appear in the commencement program.


If you don’t complete your degree requirements, your intent to graduate will be moved to the next conferral period. This deferral is allowed one time only. You must submit a new declaration of intent and a new fee will be billed to your account.

Minimum Attendance at Lesley

You’re not eligible for graduation during the same semester that you were admitted to Lesley. There must be a minimum of one full semester between official admission and the date of graduation.


Detailed information regarding Lesley's May commencement ceremonies can be found on the Commencement Office website. Information is emailed approximately one month prior to the event to all those who have submitted a Commencement RSVP.

Contact the Registrar's Office