Graduation ceremony

MSc programme degrees are handed out a the graduation ceremony. The graduation ceremony lasts about 30 minutes per student and is usually held 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. 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

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 deadlines

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:
30 Apr 2020 30 Apr 2020 15 Mar 2020 19 May 2020
29 May 2020 29 May 2020 15 Apr 2020 16 Jun 2020
30 Jun 2020 30 Jun 2020 15 May 2020 24 Aug 2020
31 Jul 2020 31 Jul 2020 15 Jun 2020 24 Aug 2020
28 Aug 2020 28 Aug 2020 30 Jun 2020 22 Sep 2020