Degree Conferral Application

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The Degree Conferral Application

The degree conferral application is a required step, where a student notifies the College that they intend to graduate. Students should meet with their advisor to verify eligibility prior to the conferral term.  All students will apply for the degree using the online application. 

Application Timelines and Availability

The online degree application will be available in myRedDragon during the application periods below.  The additional dates provide the timelines for degree posting and diploma deliveries.  

Please note that the "early fall" and the standard fall application windows refer to the same official date.  Early applications are accepted from January 15 to March 1 to accommodate students who are attending commencement in May 2017. The description of each timeline is below the chart.

  • Spring Degree Conferral 2017
    Apply November 15, 2016 to March 1, 2017 to be In Commencement Program
    For undergraduate and graduate students who are completing all degree, major and general education requirements by the end of Spring 2017. Eligible undergraduates must have senior standing when applying in Fall 2016 and advanced senior standing (100+ hours) if they are applying during Winter 2017 or Spring 2017.

  • Summer Session Degree Conferral 2017
    Apply January 15, 2017 to March 1, 2017 to be In Commencement Program
    For undergraduate and graduate students who are completing all degree, major and general education requirements in the Summer Session. Eligible undergraduates must have senior standing or advanced senior standing if applying during the Summer Session.

  • Early Fall 2017 Degree Conferral Application 
    Apply January 15, 2017 to March 1, 2017 to be In Commencement Program
    The Early Fall conferral petition is an exceptional process where students are able to apply for conferral in advance in order to participate in Spring Commencement. Students may exercise this option if they will complete the degree by the close of the Fall 2017 term. The online application will be available January 15. Eligible undergraduates must have advanced junior standing in Spring with at least 85 credit hours completed.

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2016-2017 Academic Year

All applicants applying from Fall 2016 through Fall 2017 are eligible to participate in the May 2017 ceremony.

Students that do not submit an application by the posted deadlines, must submit a late application petition.

 Degree Conferral Term 
 Online Application Dates

 
 Diploma Shipping


 Spring 2017
 
 November 15, 2017 - May 26, 2017 *
 August 2017

 Summer 2017

 January 15, 2017 - August 18, 2017 *
 October 2017

 Fall 2017

 January 15, 2017 - January 12, 2018 +
 February 2018


* Students applying after March 1, 2017 may participate in Commencement, but cannot be listed in Spring Commencement programs and publications, due to production deadlines.
+  Students applying after March 1, 2017 may participate in Commencement, but cannot be listed in Spring Commencement programs and publications, due to  production deadlines. Fall degree students applying after May Commencement will be given the option to participate in the Spring 2018 ceremony. 

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2017-2018 Academic Year

All applicants applying from Fall 2017 through Fall 2018 are eligible to participate in the May 2018 ceremony.

Students that do not submit an application by the posted deadlines, must submit a late application petition.

 Degree Conferral Term

 Online Application Dates

 Diploma Shipping


 Winter 2018

 October 1, 2017 - TBD  March 2018 

 Spring 2018

 October 1, 2017 - TBD
 August 2018

 Summer 2018

 October 1, 2017 - TBD  October 2018

 Fall 2018

 October 1, 2017 - TBD  February 2019


 * Students applying after March 1, 2018 may participate in Commencement, but cannot be listed in Spring Commencement programs and publications, due to production deadlines.
+  Students applying after March 1, 2018 may participate in Commencement, but cannot be listed in Spring Commencement programs and publications, due to  production deadlines. Fall degree students applying after May Commencement will be given the option to participate in the Spring 2019 ceremony. 

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Application Instructions and Help

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Late Application Petitions

Late conferral petitions may be submitted using a late degree conferral petition (available in myRedDragon). The above deadlines must be met to receive your diploma during the windows provided, to report your status to the National Student Clearinghouse and to appear in certain publications and notices. Students  submitting a late degree conferral petition will receive the diploma at a later date and may not appear in some recognitions or publications if approved.  Late petitions cannot be accepted after the dates posted on the petition form. Please review the information on the Commencement page for additional ceremony policies and deadlines. 

  • No late petitions are being accepted at this time. Students are still able to apply online.

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Changing Degree Conferral Details

Please access myRedDragon to submit changes to your degree conferral information.  Using the change form, you are able to change:

  • Your Degree Conferral Term
  • Your Ceremony Attendance Preference (Yes/No)
  • Your Diploma Name
  • Your Diploma Shipping Address

To access the change form, do the following:

  1. Login to myRedDragon
  2. Click the Student Tab.
  3. Locate the Registrar's channel on the left of the screen.
  4. Click on the Degree Conferral and Graduation link.
  5. Click on the Change Conferral, Diploma or Attendance Information link.

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Your Diploma

Students will receive a diploma at the address provided during the conferral application approximately 6-10 weeks after the conferral process concludes. The diploma is printed with the legal name on file. The diploma will be sent to the address provided during the degree conferral application. 

SUNY Cortland diplomas are printed by a professional printing company that prints and embosses our diplomas on high quality stock.  The diploma includes the degree earned at SUNY Cortland (example: BA, BS, BFA, MA, MS etc), not the specific major.  Students with double majors receive only one diploma in accord with the degree. Students with dual degrees (for example, a BA and a BS) will receive two diplomas.

The College cannot confer the degree or send a diploma or transcript if you have any outstanding holds, financial obligations, or disciplinary actions. Please be sure to resolve any holds or obligations prior to leaving campus to avoid any delay.

If you are a new graduate and you require a name or address change, you may make the request prior to the change deadlines (May 1 for Spring, August 1 for Summer, and by December 1 for Fall) to avoid a reprinting charge or delay.

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Diploma Replacements or Duplicates

Students may request replacement or duplicate diplomas through the Registrar's Office. To obtain a diploma replacement form, please use the form below:

If you are requesting a replacement diploma because your name has changed, please complete the Change of Name/Address Form as well. SUNY Cortland uses an external printing company to print and deliver your replacement diploma. The replacement diploma will arrive approximately 8 weeks after the request is received and processed.

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Official Graduation Dates

Official graduation dates - which are the dates printed on the official diploma - can be viewed on the calendar page.

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TEACH and Certification Support

If you are a prospective recipient of a New York State teaching certification (including administrative/school leadership and pupil personnel services professionals) you will apply through the New York State Education Department (NYSED) using the TEACH System.

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Advanced Support Resources

The Registrar's Office role in the certification process is limited to supporting recommendations at the point of degree conferral, providing program codes for SUNY Cortland programs and processing TEACH account authorizations.  To speak with a trained counselor, and for most other types of student certification support, please review the Career Services Office site and/or contact the office for assistance.

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TEACH Applications, Program Codes and Recommendations

  1. Each student pursuing teacher certification must complete the TEACH authorization form, so we may provide required data to the New York State Education Department.

  2. You will first need to create a TEACH account to apply online for certification.  You do not need to wait to complete all of the certification tests before applying. Instructions for creating a TEACH account can be found on the TEACH system site.

  3. You will receive program codes and other important TEACH instructions (on a "Student Information Sheet" or SIS) from the Registrar's Office, as you prepare to have your degree conferred.  Please retain the SIS for future reference. The code and instructions will be needed to apply for future certificates, including professional certificates.

    • Undergraduate Students
      Using myRedDragon, undergraduate students will apply for degree conferral, and then be able to immediately access the program code(s), instructions, dates of attendance, program title, and other important information needed to apply for a certificate. 
      Additional Help / Instructions

    • Graduate Students
      Graduate students will be sent instructions and program codes in their Cortland email inbox after they have submitted the TEACH authorization form.  If you are a graduate student, you must complete a an authorization for your current graduate level credential, even if you completed an authorization at Cortland previously.
      Additional Help / Instructions

  4. After you have been awarded your degree in our registered program, the SUNY Cortland Registrar's Office will recommend you to the New York State Education Department for the teaching certificate.

  5. In order to graduate from a teacher certification program, students are currently required to complete all 3 mandated NYSED workshops. NYSED will add these to your TEACH account with an effective date that matches our certification. Once you have applied for certification and the institution has made a recommendation, it signals NYSED to review the application process.

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Program Code Information for Alumni

If you are a former SUNY Cortland teacher certification student seeking professional certification, or pursuing an additional certificate elsewhere, you may need to obtain the program code associated with the program you completed at Cortland. We cannot provide program codes for programs that you did not complete at the College.

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