Carnegie Mellon University

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Division of Enrollment Services

The HUB

Early Completion Verification

Carnegie Mellon has only three graduation dates (May, August and December), at which time degrees are certified and diplomas are produced for graduates. A student's program completion date may be earlier than his or her graduation date, depending upon when the student completed the requirements for his or her academic program.

Students needing verification for early completion must send a request to the University Registrar's Office by emailing uro-verifications@andrew.cmu.edu.

The following information should be included in the email:

  • Email Subject: Early Program Completion Verification
  • Student Name
  • Mailing Address for Verification Letter (or fax number)

Select the class level below to view specific guidelines:

Undergraduate students may complete their program early if they are only enrolled in mini-1 or mini-3 or summer-1/mini-5 coursework. These students will be considered completed on the date that grades are due for those minis/sessions. Departments can indicate this by emailing the University Registrar's Office; however, validation will be obtained from the student information system's course registration. Departments must certify their students for graduation prior to the production of the verification.

Course-Based or project-based Masters Program

Students may complete their program early if they are only enrolled in mini-1 or mini-3 or summer-1/mini-5 coursework. These students will be considered completed on the date that grades are due for those minis/sessions. Departments can indicate this by emailing the University Registrar's Office; however, validation will be obtained from the student information system's course registration. Departments must certify their students for graduation prior to the production of the verification.

Research-Based Masters Program

Students may complete their program early when they defend their master's thesis. These students will be considered completed on their thesis defense date. Departments can indicate this by emailing the University Registrar's Office; however, validation will be obtained from the student information system's course registration. A copy of the front page of the student's thesis, signed by the thesis defense committee, must be submitted to the attention of the University Registrar's Office Records Coordinator, Warner Hall A19. Departments must certify their students for graduation prior to the production of the verification.

Doctoral students who have reached All But Dissertation status may complete their program early once they have defended their thesis and have been certified for graduation in the student information system. These students will be considered completed once they have turned in their final thesis to the department, received the Dean’s signature and have been certified in the student information system. Departments should report this information to the University Registrar’s Office using the Doctoral Student Tuition Adjustment (pdf) form, which should indicate the date of certification, course number and number of units.

Departments should also submit the doctoral defense cards that are completed by the thesis defense committee. The information and date on the card is entered into the student information system and will become a footer on the bottom of the transcript. Students must be certified in the student information system before they are able to request an early completion verification letter.