Students can choose to be scheduled for a ceremony as soon as this is possible, or request to receive their diploma without an official ceremony.

Graduation ceremony

MSc programme degrees are handed out at the graduation ceremony. Graduation ceremonies are scheduled on the first Tuesday of almost every month. The ceremony lasts about 30 minutes per student and is held in the Faculty room at the Academiegebouw. The student can invite their family and friends. The ceremony comprises a 5-10 minute presentation by the student about their major research project and a short questioning by the graduation committee, after which the student will receive the official documents and signs the graduation book of the faculty. After the ceremony, the student can sign their name in the 'zweetkamertje', as is the tradition for students finishing their studies at Leiden University. 

Graduation guidelines

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After completion of the MSc programme students will receive their diploma. However, graduation requires some planning, starting at least two months before the desired graduation date! It is the student's own responsibility to keep track of all their grades (courses and research projects) and make sure everything is registered correctly in uSis. 

Graduation calendar

You should start your graduation request at least 6 weeks before your certification date. So a proposed certification date of X means starting your graduation procedure before X - 6 weeks and handing in your final grades no later than X. In the table below you can find the corresponding first possible ceremony option for this date.

Final grade in by: Certification date: Start procedure no later than: First possible ceremony date:
29 Oct 2021 29 Oct 2021 17 Sep 2021 7 Dec 2021
30 Nov 2021 30 Nov 2021 19 Oct 2021 1 Feb 2022
24 Dec 2021 24 Dec 2021 12 Nov 2021 1 Feb 2022
28 Jan 2022 28 Jan 2022 17 Dec 2021 1 Mar 2022
28 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 17 Jan 2022 5 Apr 2022
31 Mar 2022 31 Mar 2022 17 Feb 2022 3 May 2022
29 Apr 2022 29 Apr 2022 18 Mar 2022 7 Jun 2022
31 May 2022 31 May 2022 19 Apr 2022 5 Jul 2022