Graduation

When an undergraduate student in a modular faculty expects to graduate at the end of a particular semester, he/she must ‘Apply for Graduation’ (AFG) during the period stipulated by their Faculties. If the student does not do so, and if he/she is not approved to continue with his/her undergraduate degree programme, the home faculty will complete the AFG process on his/her behalf.

Degrees are conferred by the Chancellor throughout the year. A student will be conferred when he/she has completed all necessary requirements pertaining to their respective degree(s).

Please refer to the table below for a breakdown on the different periods of degree conferment.

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.

Some coursework programmes may have specific/fixed conferment dates. Please check with your respective programme administrators for any queries.

2 Undergraduate degrees (excluding MBBS and BDS degrees) 31 August (end of Special Term 2); or

31 January (end of Semester 1); or

30 June (end of Semester 2)
3 Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree (BDS) 31 January (supplementary pass only); or

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

30 April

 

Graduating students

Graduating students may complete their graduation requirements upon passing their final examinations but are only considered as “graduated” after they have been officially conferred their degrees.

Graduating students may self-generate a Student Status Letter from myEduRec upon release of their final examination results as an interim proof of passing the graduation requirements and awaiting official conferment of degrees.

Graduated Students

Upon conferment, students will receive an email notification, within 3 days from the official conferment date, via their NUS lifelong email accounts informing that they have officially graduated from the University.

From 1 January 2021 onwards, no Conferment Letter will be issued to students upon conferment/awarding of degree or Graduate Diploma. Instead, students can, within 30 calendar days from the conferment or awarding date, self-generate the Student Status Letter from myEduRec. The degree title, degree classification (if any) and conferment date will be reflected in the Student Status Letter. Please allow up to 3 working days from the official conferment date for this information to be shown in the Status Letter.

Alternatively, graduated students could receive the e-degree scroll and/or e-transcript (where applicable). This will be issued to you by within two weeks from the date of conferment. Do ensure that there no 'Hold' on your records so that you do not encounter a problem in accessing your scrolls and transcripts.

 
  1. Electronic Degree Scroll and Transcript

    NUS is now issuing electronic (e-) degree scrolls and transcripts to our students through the secured OpenCerts platform based on blockchain technology, as part of the Government's Smart Nation initiative.

    These e-documents will facilitate mobility as graduates may share them with potential employers, universities or other parties, who may access and validate them at their own time and convenience.

    Your e-degree scroll and/or e-transcript (where applicable) will be sent to your NUS lifelong email account within two weeks from your date of conferment.

  2. Collection of Degree Scroll and Transcript
    Hard copy degree scrolls and transcripts are usually distributed during the Commencement ceremonies. However, you may self-collect or authorize a proxy to collect the degree scroll(s) and transcript(s) on behalf at Registrar’s Office, or request for the scroll(s) and transcript(s) be mailed to you at a fee, prior to the ceremonies.


    Please refer to the Degree Scrolls website for more information (e.g. collection periods and how to collect).

    NOTE: Your degree scroll will be withheld if there is a “Hold” on your record. You can log into myEduRec to check for any “Hold(s)” and contact the relevant office to work out the necessary rectification.

  3. Student Card
    As your candidature with the University has expired, please destroy the card (by cutting it into pieces) and discard it. Alternatively, you may return it to the Student Service Centre at Yusof Ishak House after July 2020 (please contact the Student Services Centre for more details).

  4. 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.

  5. Surrender of Student’s Pass and Spouse/Child Social Visit Pass to Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA)
    International students holding a Student’s Pass (STP) must cancel their STP within 7 days of being conferred.  Please refer to the ICA website for information on how to surrender the STP either in person*, or at the checkpoint when leaving Singapore.

    Note: Students may go down to ICA to surrender their STP in-person. Once the cancellation is done, a short-term visit pass will be issued on the spot.

    Alternatively, NUS can assist students with the e-cancellation of their STP. If you wish to cancel your STP and continue to stay in Singapore/apply for Long Term Visit Pass, please complete the Request for Cancellation of Student’s Pass form and email it to UG/GD Help enquiry mailbox. However, please note that it may take up to 1 week for your STP to be cancelled and for you to receive your short-term visit pass.

    Graduating students who intend to look for a job in Singapore may apply for a Long Term Visit Pass which is valid for one year and is non-renewable. They are advised to apply online once they have completed all graduation requirements (i.e. upon release of examination results), to factor in the expected delay in processing time.

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

    Please see here for more details.

 
  1. Commencement

    Commencement 2020 has been postponed. Please check Commencement website (see FAQ page) for details.

    Students with degree conferment dates that fall between 31 July 2019 and 30 June 2020, both dates inclusive, are cordially invited to attend the Commencement 2020 ceremonies. As an exception this year, students with degree conferment dates that fall on 31 July 2020 and 31 August 2020 are cordially invited to attend the Commencement 2020 ceremonies.

    Students with degree conferment dates that fall between 30 September and 30 June 2021 will be eligible to attend Commencement 2021 ceremonies only.

    Please visit the Commencement website for more details. For enquiries on Commencement matters, please send an email to commencement@nus.edu.sg.

  2. Official Name
    Your name captured in the University’s record as your Official Name will be printed on the various official documents issued by the University, in particular your degree scroll and academic transcript. The Official Name must be the same as what is reflected on your NRIC or Passport at the time of conferment.

    Any name changes must be informed before you are conferred/awarded your degree. The University does not normally change the official name once a student has been conferred/awarded their degrees

    Please refer to the Official/Legal Change of Name webpage on how to report your change of name.

    As a guide, students should inform the University of their name change by the following periods:

    Category Date(s) on which degrees are conferred
    1 Graduate Coursework and Graduate Research degrees, and Master of Medicine degree By 20th of the month students are expected to be conferred or awarded their degrees.

    2 Undergraduate degrees (excluding MBBS and BDS degrees) By 20th of August, January or June for students whose degrees are conferred on 31 August (end of Special Term 2), 31 January (end of Semester 1), and 30 June (end of Semester 2) respectively.
    3 Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree (BDS) By 20th of January or June for students whose degrees are conferred on 31 January (supplementary pass only) and 30 June respectively.
    4 Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree (MBBS) By 20th of January or April for students whose degrees are conferred on 31 January (supplementary pass only) and 30 April respectively.

     

  3. 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.

  4. 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 Graduates (CFG) is here to support you. Download the CFG Career Services for Alumni guide to start accessing our job portal and professional services.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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 website. You are encouraged to stay in Singapore to seek employment with a valid pass issued by ICA and update your latest contact details at MOE TGonline. To request for a letter indicating Employment Pass eligibility, please furnish your details here.

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 website for more details.

Official University documents such as the degree scroll, transcript and certification or status letters may be withheld if you have a ‘Hold’ on your records. You can log in to myEduRec to check for any ‘Hold(s)’ and contact the relevant office for any clarifications.