Graduation

Undergraduate Students
If you are an undergraduate student in a modular faculty who expects to graduate at the end of a particular semester, you must ‘Apply for Graduation’ (AFG) via myEduRec at the start of that semester during the stipulated period.

If you do not do so, and have not obtained approval to continue with your undergraduate degree programme, your home faculty will complete the AFG process on your behalf.

Graduate Students
For Graduate (Coursework) students, your Faculty/School/Institute will apply for graduation for you when you are completing the course requirements in a particular semester. Should you have any questions on your graduation status, please contact your programme/subject advisor at the Faculty/School/Institute directly.

For Graduate (Research) students, Registrar’s Office will apply for graduation for you once you submit your final approved thesis electronically. Please email gdhelp@nus.edu.sg should you have any questions regarding your graduation status.

Degrees are conferred by the Chancellor throughout the year. You will be conferred when you have completed all necessary requirements pertaining to your respective degree(s). You are considered as graduated only after you have been conferred your degree(s).

The table below shows the conferment dates for the different categories of degrees.

Category Date(s) on which degrees are conferred
1 Graduate Coursework and Graduate Research degrees, and Master of Medicine degree At the end of every month, as and when students complete all necessary requirements
2 Undergraduate degrees (excluding MBBS and BDS degrees) 31 January (end of Semester 1); or

30 June (end of Semester 2); or

31 August (end of Special Term 2)
3 Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree (BDS) 30 June; or

31 January (supplementary pass only)
4 Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree (MBBS) 30 April; or

31 January (supplementary pass only)

The conferment date will be stated in your Conferment Letter, Degree Scroll and Official Academic Transcript.

Upon completing all the requirements of your degree, you will receive an official Conferment Letter from the Registrar. This letter will be electronically sent to your NUS lifelong email account within 3 working days of the conferment date. No hardcopy of the degree conferment letter will be issued.

You may use this conferment letter to show that you have completed your degree requirements, especially in the period before receiving your degree scroll.

Collection of Degree Scroll and Transcript
Upon conferment of a degree, you will be issued a degree scroll and a complimentary copy of the academic transcript. Please check the details of the collection schedule at the Degree Scrolls webpage.

If you need additional copies of the academic transcript, please refer to the Transcripts website for more details.

Your degree scroll and academic transcript will be withheld if there is a “Hold” on your record. You can log in to myEduRec within the next 30 days to check for any “Hold(s)” and contact the relevant Office to work out the necessary rectification.

Student Card
As your candidature with the University has expired, please return your NUS Student Card to the Student Service Centre (Yusof Ishak House Level 1, No. 31 Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119078) within two weeks from the End Course Date. Alternatively, you may also destroy the card (by cutting it into pieces) and discard it.

Email & NUSNET Account
Your student email account (userid@u.nus.edu) will be lifelong upon your graduation. Your NUSNET ID which enables access to various systems, including the myEduRec, online storage (e.g. OneDrive), IM (e.g. Lync) will be terminated 30 days after your conferment date. Please back up the files which you have retained in your OneDrive, if applicable, as soon as possible. If you have any difficulties with accesses, please contact itcare@nus.edu.sg.

For students with credit balances in their student accounts, please ensure that you have updated your Credit Bank Account details in myEduRec so that a refund can be made to you in due course. Should you face any difficulty with the updating, please send an email to ofnbox3@nus.edu.sg along with your student ID.

Surrender of Student’s Pass and Spouse/Child Social Visit Pass to Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA)
International students who are conferred their degrees IN ALL MONTHS EXCEPT JUNE:
According to the conditions stated by the Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA), an international student holding a Student’s Pass who has graduated from his/her course of study must surrender it for cancellation within 7 days of the date of cessation of studies as he/she is no longer eligible to hold the Student’s Pass.

Please refer to the ICA website for information on how to surrender the Student’s Pass either in person, or at the checkpoint when leaving Singapore.

International students who are conferred their degrees ONLY IN THE MONTH OF JUNE:
International students who are conferred their degrees in June may hold on to their Student’s Passes to attend Commencement provided that their ceremony falls within the validity period of the Student’s Pass. Such students should surrender their Student’s Passes for cancellation as soon as their Commencement ceremonies are over. Please visit ICA website for more information on how to surrender the Student’s Pass either in person or at the checkpoint when leaving Singapore.

For those whose Student's Passes are expiring before Commencement, they should surrender their Student's Passes to the Student's Pass Unit, 4th floor, ICA building (next to Lavender MRT station) before the expiry date of the pass. ICA will then issue such students with a short term Social Visit Pass (SVP) to remain in Singapore. The duration of the SVP issued will be at the discretion of ICA.

Those who are seeking employment in Singapore may submit an application for a (non-renewable) Visit Pass to ICA. Please visit ICA website for more information.

Graduating international students are reminded that they need to be on a valid pass to remain in Singapore at all times.

If your spouse/child is holding a social visit pass sponsored by the University, the University’s sponsorship will cease upon the completion of your full-time studies. Please surrender the social visit pass to ICA within 7 days from the date of conferment.

Graduation Employment Survey
Graduating students will be sent a link to the annual Graduate Employment Survey 6 – 12 months after conferment. Please refer to the Ministry of Education’s website for more information. We greatly appreciate your participation as your response provides feedback on NUS’ policies, programmes, and employment prospects of our graduates.

On-going Support for your Career Aspirations
Achieving your career ambitions requires a lifelong journey of personal growth, continued learning, job transitioning and accruing of responsibilities. The Centre for Future-ready Graduate (CFG) is here to support you. Download the CFG Career Services for Alumni guide to start accessing our job portal and professional services.

Staying Connected with NUS
The NUS Office of Alumni Relations serves as a link between our alumni and the University. As an alumnus, you will be receiving the following benefits:

  • Invitations to alumni events
    Receive invitations to homecomings, concerts, talks, movie screenings and more. These are opportunities to network with and meet other alumni who share common interests.
    P.S. Save the date for NUS Day of Service, an annual event on every first Saturday of September and give back to our community!
  • Receive quarterly e-magazines
    Receive The AlumNUS magazine EDMs and communications to update you on key developments in the University.
  • AlumNUS privilege card
    Download the NUS Virtual Card application and login with your lifelong email to access your personalized AlumNUS e-card. With your e-identity, enjoy a wide range of privileges exclusively for alumnus of NUS such as complimentary access to all NUS Libraries and a host of benefits and discounts on campus and island wide through over 100 participating merchants.
  • Usage of the Shaw Foundation Alumni House (SFAH)
    Situated on 11 Kent Ridge Drive, SFAH is alumni’s home on campus. Enjoy our cosy F&B outlets and complimentary use of facilities including meeting rooms and workstations.

Please follow us on our new Instagram account. For enquiries, you can email oarconnect@nus.edu.sg.

Library Membership
The library membership of students who have completed their studies and graduated ceases with the release of examination results. However, you can apply for an external library membership as an alumnus. Please check the details at the Library website.

Tertiary Student EZ-link Card
If you hold the Tertiary Student EZ-link Card, you will not be eligible for concessionary travel upon the conferment of your degree. Please refer to the Transit Link website for more information.

Fulfillment of MOE Tuition Grant / Service Obligation Scheme
Graduating students who are Singapore Permanent Residents or international students and have received the MOE Tuition Grant or have taken up the MOE Service Obligation Scheme will be contractually obliged to work for Singapore-based companies for 3 years upon graduation. Information on fulfillment of the tuition grant bond is available at the Ministry of Education Tuition Grant webpage.

Commencement is a University-wide event held annually in the month of July. Commencement each year is meant for students who have completed their studies, and been conferred their degrees between 1 July of the preceding calendar year and 30 June of the current calendar year, both dates inclusive.

You will be issued your degree scroll(s) and complimentary official academic transcript(s) during your commencement ceremony.

Please refer to the Commencement webpage for more details from March onwards.