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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.

  • 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 one week before graduation.

Transfer credit, life-experience portfolio credit, and course-waiver procedures are due before the beginning of the final semester before your anticipated graduation.


Lesley offers three conferral periods per academic year:

Graduation Date

Declaration of Intent Filing Deadline

Completion Deadline

September 15, 2020

July 1, 2020

September 7, 2020

January 15, 2021

September 15, 2021

January 8, 2021

May 22, 2021

January 31, 2021

May 17, 2021

September 15, 2021

June 15, 2021

September 7, 2021

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 function is always available; 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. Select the checkbox to indicate the academic program from which you plan to graduate.

    2. Press "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. Press "Submit."

    7. The system will process the information you've entered and return a confirmation notice on the next screen. Select "OK."

    8. The $75 degree completion fee will be automatically billed to your student account. It is due within 48 hours.


A $75 degree-completion fee is billed to your student account when you file your declaration of intent. It is due within 48 hours.

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. 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