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Graduation and requesting a degree certificate

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Graduation and requesting a degree certificate

If you have passed all the mandatory courses of your degree programme and submitted the final version of your thesis, then you are ready to graduate. In order to graduate you need to request your degree certificate. This also applies during the coronacrisis. On this website you can read all about the current rules and possibilities.

We are aware of the fact that many of you are concerned about when you will be receiving your degree certificate. We are working really hard to check, print and send the degree certificates as soon as we can and are dispatching the diplomas in chronological order. At this moment we are handling the diplomas of students who graduated in June. If you have any questions, please contact the Education Desk.

Under 'Receiving your degree certificate' you will find an update on what options you have to receive your degree certificate.

Check before you request your degree certificate

  • I followed electives, extra-curricular courses, a minor or courses abroad

    If you have passed additional courses alongside your mandatory courses, you may have get approval from the Board of Examiners to include these courses on your degree certificate. Below you will find the various options, including a link to more information on how to request permission from the Board of Examiners.

      1. Electives: For some of the free-choice electives you will need to request permission (i.e. part of your vrije keuzeruimte).
      1. Extra-curricular courses: You always need to request permission for courses that are not part of your study programme.
      1. Minor: To include a UvA minor in your study programme, you do not have to request permission. To include a non-UvA minor, you will always need to file a request.
      1. Courses obtained during a semester abroad: You always have to request permission to include courses obtained abroad. After approval of these courses, you have to submit an original transcript from your exchange university to the Education Desk. Request your exchange transcript as soon as possible after completing all of your exchange courses, since the transcript date can affect your graduation date.

    You can already request your degree certificate while you are waiting for a decision from the Board of Examiners.

  • I want to check whether my results are still valid

    Your study results are only valid for a certain amount of time. The results of completed bachelor courses have a guaranteed validity of 6 years and the results of completed master courses have a guaranteed validity of 3 years. You can file a request to the Board of Examiners to extend the validity of the courses, if the content of the courses has not changed and if the courses are still part of the curriculum.

Requesting your degree certificate and terminating your enrolment in Studielink

  • When do I file a request for my degree certificate?

    You can submit a request for your degree certificate in the month:

    1. in which you take your final exam; or
    2. of your final thesis deadline (as stated in the Course Catalogue).

    If your last grade has not yet been registered in SIS, you can already file a request for your degree certificate. Even if the outbreak of the coronavirus prevents you from handing in your official exchange or minor transcript at the Education Desk.

    This will allow us to already start checking whether you meet all the other requirements. Once your grade(s) has/have been registered in SIS, we will quickly be able to complete processing your request for your degree certificate.

    Please note that to file a request for your degree certificate you need to be enrolled for your degree programme in Studielink.

  • How do I file a request for my degree certificate?

    Request your degree certificate online. (Please note: DO NOT request your degree certificate via SIS)

    We will respond to your request within 10 working days. Keep in mind that the response time during the busy summer period can be longer (15 working days). Even though you can already file a request before, we can only confirm your eligibility to graduate once all your results are registered in SIS.

  • What will be my graduation date?

    The graduation date is scheduled as the final working day of the month in which you filed your request for your degree certificate. However, the first possible graduation date is the final working day of the month in which you have obtained your final result.

  • I have requested my degree certificate and want to terminate my enrolment in Studielink

Receiving your degree certificate

When requesting your degree certificatie you indicate whether you want to (1) collect your degree certificate at the Education Desk, (2) receive your it during the graduation ceremonie, or (3) receive it via post. 

After the first check has been conducted, you will receive an first reaction from the Student Administration with the pick-up date or the date for the graduation ceremony. 

Please note that you can only receive your degree certificate once.

  • Coronavirus: information about receiving your degree certificate

    Collecting or receiving your degree certificate by post

    Due to the current circumstances caused by the spreading of the coronavirus the Education Desk at the UvA location is closed at the moment. This means you cannot collect your degree certificate. Therefore, we are currently preparing to send the degree certificates  to all students who cannot pick up their degree certificate at the Education Desk. As soon as we know more, you will receive an e-mail about this. If you prefer, you can also inform us at that moment that you would rather wait until the Education Desk reopens to collect your degree certificate.

    Graduation ceremonies

    Due to the current circumstances caused by the spreading of the coronavirus, all graduation ceremonies scheduled before 1 September 2020 have been canceled. 

    All 2020 ceremonies will be online. If you have indicated that you would like to attend a ceremony, you have already received information about the ceremony.

    We would like to advise you to also keep an eye on this website for updates.

    Graduation statement

    We can issue you a graduation statement, if you need one for a job application or anything else. A graduation statement can only be issued once it has been confirmed that you meet all the requirements of your programme. You can file a request for a graduation statement through the Digital Student Service Desk.

  • I want to participate in the graduation ceremony

    You can participate in the graduation ceremony if you request your degree certificate in time. You can find the deadline for requesting your degree certificate in this overview. If you file a request after the deadline, you cannot participate in the upcoming graduation ceremony. However, you will be able to participate in a subsequent graduation ceremony. If you participate in the graduation ceremony you will only receive your degree certificate at the ceremony. It is not possible to pick it up before the ceremony. We are able to produce a confirmation of graduation letter for you, if you need it for applications or job interviews. You can request the confirmation of graduation letter via the Digital Student Service Desk.

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