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Participation in the Commencement Ceremony

The MGH Institute of Health Professions holds one Commencement Ceremony each year in May to celebrate the achievements of students graduating in that calendar year.   All students who apply for graduation in any given calendar year must be approved by their faculty for participation in the Ceremony.   Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students follow a slightly different participation protocol as outlined below.

Students in all programs other than the Doctor of Nursing Practice - (DNP) participate in the May ceremony in the year that their degree is being conferred. This includes the following groups:

  • Students in all programs other than the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - January Graduates (students completing all requirements by the end of the Fall semester in the previous year) walk in the May ceremony and will already have received a diploma by mail. 
    (Official graduation date for diploma and transcript purposes will be in January as outlined in official academic calendars)
  • Students in all programs other than the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - May Graduates (students completing all requirements by the end of the Spring semester) walk in the May ceremony and will receive their diploma at the event - or by mail if not in attendance.
    (Official graduation date for diploma and transcript purposes will be in May as outlined in official academic calendars)
  • Students in all programs other than the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - September graduates (students completing all requirements by the end of the Summer semester) walk in the May ceremony and will receive their diploma in September via mail. 
    (Official graduation date for diploma and transcript purposes will be in September as outlined in official academic calendars)

Dr. of Nursing Practice (DNP) students must be approved for and will participate in a graduation ceremony as listed below.

  • Dr. of Nursing Practice (DNP) students - January Graduates (students completing all requirements by the end of the Fall semester in the previous year) walk in the upcoming May ceremony and will already have received a diploma by mail. 
    (Official graduation date for diploma and transcript purposes will be in January as outlined in official academic calendars)
  • Dr. of Nursing Practice (DNP) students - May Graduates (students completing all requirements by the end of the Spring semester) walk in the May ceremony and will receive their diploma at the event - or by mail if not in attendance.  
    (Official graduation date for diploma and transcript purposes will be in May as outlined in official academic calendars)
  • Dr. of Nursing Practice (DNP) students - September graduates (students completing all requirements by the end of the Summer semester) walk in the May ceremony of the following year and will receive their diploma in September via mail.
    (Official graduation date for diploma and transcript purposes will be in September as outlined in official academic calendars)