Commencement 2019 Info

Graduate and Professional Studies Commencement will begin on Sunday, May 26th at 9:00am with the processional and the ceremony beginning at 9:30am in the Stadium.

Students must complete the requisite coursework to advance to MFA candidacy, meet deadlines, and submit their final thesis project to ProQuest to graduate. Graduation requirements include the following: 

1. Successful completion of all required courses totaling 42 units.

  • Creating your academic plan with the help of your advisor is the key for a prompt and successful completion of your course-work requirements.  At the end of your last June, once all grades have been published, the Registrar will conduct a degree audit to confirm that all coursework requirements, including both components of your thesis, have been met.

2. Successful completion of thesis project.

  • Each candidate is required to pursue a tutorial course of study under the direction of an assigned faculty writer in the student's genre. Through this tutorial, the student performs the revision necessary to turn two years of writing into a coherent, polished thesis. The overall scope of the thesis is arranged between the student and the thesis director, but minimum page limits have been set at 36 pages for poetry (80 maximum) and 70 pages for fiction and creative nonfiction (100 maximum).

3. Petition for Candidacy form.

  • In order for the MFA in Creative Writing degree to be granted, students are required to fill out the Petition for Candidacy form no later than Friday, March 15, 2019. 

4. Degree Processing Fee.

  • A $120 degree processing fee is due no later than Friday, April 12, 2019. Check, e-check (GaelXpress), cash, or money order only. Please make payable to "Saint Mary's College of California" and drop off in SMC Business Office, Fillipi Hall. 

5. Thesis signature page.

  • Submit signature page with thesis director and 2nd reader signatures at the conclusion of oral defense. Please deliver to Krista's office, Dante 319A. Leave in box if not in office. 

6. Thesis turned in to ProQuest.

  • Last day to submit final draft of thesis to ProQuest. A title and copyright page are required in the final version of your ProQuest thesis submission (see sample preface materials attached below). Submit online here.

Please refer to the Commencement Weekend website for further details regarding all you need to know about the Graduate and Professional Studies event on Sunday, May 26, 2019 including important dates, times and deadlines as well as the Grad Fair information.

Also note that Saint Mary's offers a variety of Cultural Graduate Celebrations. You can register online for these events.  The deadline for registering for cultural graduation events is April 11, 2019.

Students participating in commencement must order regalia no later than April 12, 2019.

Students should refer to the MFA CW Graduation Deadlines Calendar to keep track of requirements and deadlines.

For information on how to become eligible for commencement, please contact:

Sara Mumolo

Graduate Student FAQs

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