Apply to Graduate

On-line Application for Graduation Instructions

Step 1 - Due Dates for the On-Line Application for Graduation
Step 2 – Verify Your Program of Study
Step 3 – Submit a Paper Copy of your Degree Petition (Master’s Students Only)

Step 4 - Request to Graduate by Using the On-line Application for Graduation

Step 5 - Verify that Your On-line Application for Graduation was Submitted

Step 6 - Verify Your Graduation Status


Step 1. Due Dates for the On-Line Application for Graduation

  1. New (first-time) On-line Applications for Graduation are due the semester BEFORE you plan to graduate. (Ex. if you are graduating in Fall 2012, your on-line degree application is due in Summer 2012.)
  2. A different on-line application for graduation is due for every semester that you attempt to graduate. If you do not graduate when planned, you must fill out another On-line Application for Graduation. Every Application for Graduation made after the initial request is called an On-line Reapplication for Graduation.
  3. Reactivations:
    • Students who need to do a reactivation and who turned in a paper copy of their first degree petition must fill out a paper copy of the reactivated degree petition too. Due dates are the same, but you will be required to get the department to sign it before submitting it to the registrar's office.
    • Students who initially did the on-line Application to Graduate must also apply on-line for the reactivation.
  4. New On-line Application for Graduation due dates (students requesting to graduate for the first time) are:
    • Fall 2012 Graduation:May 22, 2012 - June 15, 2012
    • Fall 2012 Graduation with $50 Late Fee:June 16, 2012 - June 30, 2012
    • Spring 2013 Graduation: September 16, 2012 - October, 14 2012 (Tentative)
    • Spring 2013 Graduation with $50 Late Fee: October 15, 2012 - October 31, 2012 (Tentative)
    • Summer 2013 Graduation:January 15, 2013 - February 15, 2013 (Tentative)
    • Summer 2013 Graduation with $50 Late Fee: February 16, 2013 - March 1, 2013 (Tentative)
  5. On-line Reapplication for Graduation due dates:
    • Summer 2012 Graduation Reapplication (only for students applied on-line for the first degree petition):May 1, 2012 - May 18. 2012
    • Fall 2012 Graduation Reapplication:August 1, 2012 - September 15, 2012
    • Spring 2013 Graduation Reapplication:December 1, 2013 - January 11, 2013 (Tentative)
    • Summer 2013 Graduation Reapplication:May 1, 2013 - May 19, 2013 (Tentative)

Step 2. Verify Your Program of Study

  1. All graduate students must submit a Program of Study
  2. If you have made any changes to your Program of Study, you must submit a new one for approval to the ME department

Step 3. Submit a Paper Copy of your Degree Petition (Master’s Students Only)

  1. All Master’s students must submit a paper copy of the Degree Petitionto the registrar’s office by the due On-line Application for Graduation. 
  2. The Degree Petition must be signed by the ME department before you turn it into the registrar’s office. 

Step 4. Request to Graduate using the On-line Application for Graduation

  1. Go to www.buzzport.gatech.edu.
  2. Select Registration - OSCAR.
  3. Select Student Services & Financial Aid, then Student Records and then Apply to Graduate.
  4. If you are asked to Select the Current Term, then select the current semester in the drop down box. Press Continue.
  5. You will now be on the Curriculum Selection screen. If your curriculum or minor are not correct, STOP IMMEDIATELY. Your major must be correctly declared before you can apply to graduate.
    • Major: If your primary or secondary majors are not correct, then you must fill out a change of major form to correct it.
  6. Select the radio button for the program that you are graduating from. Press Continue. NOTE: Students who have two majors can only select one major at a time; you will need to complete this entire process for both majors.
  7. On the next screen, select the graduation term in the drop down box. Press Continue.
  8. On the Diploma Name Selection screen, select if you will be using your current name or a different name to appear on your diploma. Press Continue. NOTE: The registrar's office will review all requests to change names on the diploma.
  9. The next screen will ask you to confirm your name. Press Continue.
  10. On the Diploma Mailing Address Selection screen, select the address where you want to send your diploma. Press Continue. NOTE: Diplomas are mailed approximately 8 weeks after graduation so plan accordingly.
  11. On theGraduation Application Summary screen, review all of your information carefully. When you are okay with the information on the screen click Submit Request.
  12. On the next screen, click on the link at the bottom of the page. This will redirect you to Georgia Tech's Exit Survey. Fill out the survey.

Step 5. Verify that Your On-line Application for Graduation was Correctly Submitted

  1. Go to www.buzzport.gatech.edu.
  2. Select Registration - OSCAR.
  3. Select Student Services & Financial Aid, then Student Records and then View Application to Graduate.
  4. If it asks you to select a semester, please select the semester that you planning to graduate.
  5. If you correctly submitted the On-line Application to Graduate you will see it on that screen. If it says that No active graduation application exists then your application to graduate was not submitted.

Step 6. Track Your Graduation Status

  1. Several times throughout your final semester you must verify your degree petition status through OSCAR. Click here for an explanation about the codes used in your graduation update.
    • Students Who Filled Out ONLY a Paper Degree Petition: From OSCAR, select Student Services & Financial Aid, then Student Records and View Degree Candidate Information.
    • Students Who Applied On-Line: From OSCAR, select Student Services & Financial Aid, then Student Records, and View Application to Graduate.
  2. Two audits will be done for graduating students; the first audit will be done after phase 1 registration and the second audit will be done after phase 2 registration.
  3. After the second audit, students will have one month to fix any problems.

Any student who still has deficiencies after one month will automatically be inactivated (not graduating) and you will need to apply to graduate for the following semester. The only deficiencies which will not lead to an automatic inactivation are LOW GPA, PENDING TRANSFER CREDIT and REGISTRAR ADMINISTRATIVE DEFIECIENCY.