Degrees at Stanford University are awarded four times a year, and students must apply for conferral of their degree through Axess by the deadline for each term, with requests for conferral being reviewed by the Office of the University Registrar and the student's department to verify completion of degree requirements.
Upon recommendation to the Senate of the Academic Council by the faculty of the relevant departments or schools and the Committee on Undergraduate Standards and Policy or the Committee on Graduate Studies as appropriate, degrees are awarded four times each year, at the conclusion of autumn, winter, spring, and summer quarters. All diplomas, however, are prepared and distributed after degree conferral in accordance to the listed distribution dates.
Students must apply for conferral of an undergraduate or graduate degree by filing an Application to Graduate through Axess by the deadline for each term. The deadlines are published in the Academic Calendar. A separate application must be filed for each degree program and for each conferral term.
Requests for conferral are reviewed by the Office of the University Registrar and the student's department to verify completion of degree requirements. Students must be registered in the term of degree conferral. Students with unmet financial obligations resulting in the placement of a hold on their registration cannot receive a diploma until the hold is released by Student Financial Services. An academic record where no other degree objective is being pursued is permanently frozen after the final degree conferral, and all subsequent grade change requests or changes to the student record are not permitted.
Students are typically expected to apply to graduate when they have completed their degree requirements. The university, however, reserves the right to confer a degree on a student who has completed all of the requirements for a degree even though the student has not applied to graduate; such an individual would then be subject to the University's usual rules and restrictions regarding future enrollment or registration.
Students who wish to withdraw a request for conferral or make changes to their Application(s) to Graduate can do so in Axess by the late application to graduate deadline on the academic calendar. Students who withdraw their graduation applications or fail to meet degree requirements must reapply to graduate in a subsequent term.
Stanford University awards no honorary degrees.
After verifying that all degree requirements have been met, students may apply to confer their degree by submitting an application to graduate in Axess.