McCallum Graduate School of Business Graduation Information
- Petition to Graduate Process
- Graduation Petition Deadlines
- Commencement Participation
- Degree Conferral Dates
- Graduation Honors
- Diploma Availability
Commencement 2014 Ceremony Info
- General Ceremony Information
- Cap and Gown Information
- Communication prior to ceremony
- Diploma pick up
Petition to Graduate
Students expecting to graduate must file a Petition to Graduate via MyBentley by the deadlines published on the website. Students completing more than one degree or certificate must file a separate petition for each one.
To access the petition forms
log in to MyBentley
click on the Academic tab on the top
click on Academic Student Self Service on left
click Main Menu
click Graduate Student Main Menu
click Petition to Graduate
Students eligible to graduate and receive a diploma must:
complete all required and elective course requirements within the declared degree program
have a degree GPA of 2.7 and a major/concentration GPA of 2.7
clear all financial obligations with the university
|Final course(s) will be completed in the following semester:||File a Petition to Graduate via MyBentley no later than:||Your Degree will be awarded on:|
(includes May intesive courses)
|March 17, 2014. If you missed this date please contact the Registrar's Office for furthur instructions.||October 24, 2014|
|Fall 2014||July 15, 2014||February 27, 2015|
|Spring 2015||October 1, 2014 - November 21, 2014||May 16, 2015|
Commencement Participation Policy (Walker Policy)
If you are taking your final course(s) during the summer 2015 semester then your degree will be awarded in October 2015. You are invited to attend the May 2015 Commencement Ceremony; however, students who will be short of the graduation requirements by six or fewer credits at the end of the spring 2015 semester may participate as "walkers" in the May 2015 commencement ceremony. In order to participate, you must file the Petition to Graduate via Mybentley by March 10. Please be sure to select the "October 2015" graduation date as well as "I plan to participate in the May 2015 Commencement Ceremony." This will put you on the list of ceremony participants and commencement mailing lists.
In order to "walk" in the Graduate Commencement Ceremony, the October candidate must meet all of the following criteria:
No more than 6 credits away from completing your degree requirements as of May 1, 2015
Planning to take your final course(s) during the summer 2015 semester
Registered for your final (summer 2015) course(s) by May 1, 2015
May not be subject to review by the Academic Performance Committee
Have a degree GPA of 2.7 or above as well as a major/concentration GPA of 2.7 or above
Have no outstanding student account balance
Degrees are awarded three times a year (Oct/Nov, Feb/March and May). However, there is one ceremony per academic year, in May. All three graduating classes are invited to attend the May ceremony.
If you complete your final course(s) during the summer semester, your degree will be awarded in Oct/Nov.
If you complete your final course(s) during the fall semester, your degree will be awarded in Feb/March
If you complete your final course(s) during the spring semester, your degree will be awarded in May.
For example, a student who completes his/her final course in December 2014 will be conferred his/her degree on February 27, 2015. The diploma will list February 27, 2015 as the graduation date and it will be available for pickup/mailing no sooner than March 20, 2015. The transcript will say "Degree Awarded February 27, 2015". The student should list February 27, 2015 on his/her resume as the graduation date.
Please note: May intensive courses and May study tour courses are part of the summer semester, not spring. Any student completing his/her final course as a May intensive or study tour will be awarded his/her degree at the conclusion of the summer semester (October).
Please review the Graduate School Catalog
Your diploma will be available on the day of the May commencement ceremony. No diplomas will be released until the ceremony officially concludes.
Oct/Nov and Feb/Mar Graduates
- If you selected "I will pick up my diploma" on the Petition to Graduate, you will receive notification by mail when it is ready to be picked up. Your diploma will be available approximately two weeks after the official conferral date. You may pick up your diploma at the registrar's office on the first floor of the Rauch Building (Rauch 101). Please bring a photo ID with you as your diploma will not be released to you without one.
- If you selected "Mail my diploma" on the Petition to Graduate, the diploma will be mailed to the address you provided on the Petition to Graduate approximately two weeks after the official conferral date.
I am an MBA student. Will my concentration be printed on my diploma? No. The diploma will read "Master of Business Administration"
I have special accent marks in my name. How do I communicate this to the Registrar's office so that my diploma is printed correctly?There are several ways:
When filling out the "Diploma Name" section of the Petition to Graduate, you can type your name in a word document with the accent marks. Then copy and paste it into the petition field.
Fax your request to the Registrar's Office, 781.891.3428
Email your request to the Registrar's office, firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a Day MBA, Emerging Leaders MBA, Professional MBA, or MS+MBA. What will be printed on my diploma? The diploma will read "Master of Business Administration". MS+MBA students receive 2 separate diplomas - one MBA and one MS and must file separate graduation petitions via MyBentley.
I completed some extra graduate courses that do not count toward my MS/MBA degree. How does that affect my GPA? Please review the Graduate School Catalog.
I will be completing my second graduate degree at Bentley. How are graduation honors determined for each degree? Please review the Graduate School Catalog.
When will a transcript be available with my degree conferral date printed on it? Approximately two business days after the official conferral date. Once the conferral date is posted to the transcript, it may take up to 5 business days to process transcript requests.
Am I able to obtain multiple copies of my diploma? No, only one original is produced and valid
I want to purchase a frame for my diploma. What size is it? Diplomas for MBA and MS degrees are 11 x 14 inches; Certificates are 6 x 8 inches
I plan to attend the Commencement Ceremony, but I owe money on my student account. Can I still participate? No. You must have no outstanding student account balance to participate in the ceremony.
Do my guests need tickets to get into the Commencement Ceremony? How many of my friends and relatives can attend? See Commencement Site
I graduated from Bentley as an undergraduate. Can I wear the same cap and gown to the graduate ceremony? No, the gown and hood are different.
2015 Graduation Ceremony Information
For General information, including cap and gown purchase, please go to Commencement Site
A letter containing general information about the ceremony will be sent mid-March to the following groups:
• All October 2014 graduates
• All February 2015 graduates
• All May 2015 graduation candidates (who have filed a Petition to Graduate by 3/15)
• All October 2015 graduation candidates (who have filed a Petition to Graduate by 3/15 stating that they would like to attend the May 2015 ceremony as a “walker”)
A packet containing more detailed information will be mailed in mid-April – only to the subset of the students listed above who have indicated on their Petition to Graduate that they plan to participate in the May 16, 2015 ceremony.
The third and final letter will be mailed several days prior to the ceremony – only to students who previously indicated that they would be participating in the May 16, 2015 ceremony.
**Please be sure that your address is kept up to date with the Registrar’s Office** so that you don’t miss out on these important letters. If you did not receive a letter mentioned above, please contact the Registrar's Office.
Diplomas will be available for pickup immediately following the commencement ceremony. The specific location will be determined at a later date and will be included in the letter sent to graduates and candidates in mid-April. Please note that diplomas are never distributed until the commencement ceremony has officially concluded.