Steps to Graduation

In preparation for graduation, The Office of Graduate Studies is providing you with some basic steps to ensure you have met all the requirements to successfully complete the Masters and Doctorate Program here at California State University, Sacramento.

  1. Complete the GWAR Requirement.
  2. Submit an Advancement to Candidacy.
    1. Complete a Petition for Exception if you have made changes to initial Advancement to Candidacy.
    2. Check with your department if you have courses seven (7) years old or older on your Advancement to Candidacy.  Petition for Currency.
  3. Maintain Continuous Enrollment through the semester of graduation.
  4. Check with your department to guarantee you have met all of their graduation requirements.
  5. Complete Application for Graduation.
    1. Move Graduation Date (If changing your graduation date after initial submission of Application for Graduation.)
  6. Attend one (1) Format and Information Workshop if your Thesis/Project/Dissertation will be uploaded to ScholarWorks.
  7. Schedule one (1) Thesis/Project/Dissertation format review appointment.
  8. Submit your unbound Thesis/Project/Dissertation to your department for review and signatures.
  9. Submit your Thesis/Project/Dissertation (Title, Format Approval, Approval and Abstract pages) on plain white paper to The Office of Graduate Studies and upload the electronic versions to Scholarworks (only after Graduate Studies has accepted your signature pages).
    1. Submit paid Culminating Experience Processing Receipt form.  This fee can either be paid at the Bursar's Office or online at  Please look for the Culminating Experience link on the list of available payments:
    2. Submit two (2) Thesis/Project/Dissertation Receipt Forms
    3. Submit Thesis/Project/Dissertation workshop certificate
  10. Clear all holds from your student record.
  11. For commencement requirements visit

As a reminder: RP to CR grades will post 10-12 weeks after the semester conferral date, therefore degrees will post 10-12 weeks after semester conferral date.

Graduate Receiving Degree at Commencement