Graduation

Generally, NUS students’ status can be categorized in the table below.
(Note: Graduating Students and Alumni are strongly advised to read the contents in this site for action/information pertaining to their conferment (i.e., graduation).)

Category Definition
1 Current Students Students who are still active in their respective programmes.
2 Graduating Students Students who:
  • passed their final examinations;
  • fulfilled their graduation requirements; and
  • are awaiting official conferment/awarding of their degrees/graduate diplomas.
Graduating students are only considered as “graduated” after they have been officially conferred/awarded their degrees/graduate diplomas.
3 Conferred/Awarded (i.e. officially graduated and are Alumni) Students who have officially been conferred/awarded their degrees/graduate diplomas.

Please refer to the ‘Degree Conferment’ tab below for a breakdown on the different periods of degree conferment.

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 Conferment Date / Period
1 Graduate programmes:
  • Graduate Coursework
  • Graduate Research
  • Master of Medicine
At the end of every month, as and when students complete all necessary requirements.
(Note: Some Coursework programmes may have specific/fixed conferment dates. Please check with your respective programme administrators for any queries on this.)
2 Undergraduate degrees (excluding BDS and MBBS degrees)
  • 31 August (end of Special Term); or
  • 31 January (end of Semester 1); or
  • 30 June (end of Semester 2)
3 Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
  • 31 January; or
  • 30 June (Main cohort)
4 Bachelor of Medicine,
Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
  • 31 January; or
  • 30 April (Main cohort)

Graduating students (refer to ‘Types of Student Status’ tab above) should note the items in the table below to facilitate their graduation process.
Item Important Action / Information
1 Apply for Graduation (AFG)
(Note: This item is applicable to Undergraduate students only.)
 

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 College/Faculty/School, and
  • the graduating status of Semester 2 graduating students will be reflected from mid-February of their final semester onwards.
If the student does not do so, and if he/she is not approved to continue with his/her undergraduate degree programme, the home College/Faculty/School will complete the AFG process on his/her behalf.
Final Semester’s Results The final semester’s results will only be reflected on any transcript from the 11th calendar day after the day of results release. During this period, graduating students may print their results from myEduRec. 
(Note: Graduating Semester 2 students’ (i.e. conferment on 30 June) transcripts will not be available from 21 to 30 June to facilitate graduation processing.) 
3 Interim Proof of Graduation

 

Graduating students may self-generate a Student Status Letter from myEduRec upon release of their final examination results as an interim proof passing of the graduation requirements and awaiting official conferment of degrees. Please refer to RO Letters website, or view the Letters Video User Guide, for more information.
4 Conferment Details on Degree Scrolls and Official Transcripts Conferment details will only be reflected on official NUS documents such as the degree scroll and official transcripts (electronic or otherwise) after a student has officially been conferred/awarded their degrees.
Maximising your Student Life Transcript  The CCA Record through the NUSYNC platform documents your student life in NUS. It centralizes and captures your CCA involvements in your Student Life Transcript. It also doubles up as your supporting testimonial. As such, please update your CCA records in NUSync before conferment of your degree.

Graduated students will no longer be able to login to NUSync using your NUSNET ID 30 calendar days from your official conferment date.

  • It is imperative that students update their involvement and validate their event participation promptly.
  • If there are errors in students’ CCA record, please follow the steps here; or send your enquiries to nusync@nus.edu.sg.
  • No amendments will be made to students’ CCA record in NUSync or on the Student Life Transcript after their NUSNET ID is terminated.
Students’ Official Name  The ‘Official Name’:
  • Must be the same as what is reflected on a student’s NRIC or Passport at the time of conferment.
  • Will be printed on the various official documents issued by the University, in particular your degree scroll and transcript.
Name changes must be carried out 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 click here to update your change of name.

As a guide, students should inform the University of their name change by the following periods:
Category Date
1 Graduate programmes:
  • Graduate Coursework
  • Graduate Research
  • Master of Medicine
20th of the month students are expected to be conferred/awarded their degrees.
2 Undergraduate degrees (excluding BDS and MBBS degrees) 20th of August, January or June students are expected to be conferred their degrees.
3 Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) 20th of January or June students are expected to be conferred on.
Bachelor of Medicine,
Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) 
20th of January or April students are expected to be conferred on.

Conferred/Awarded students (refer to ‘Types of Student Status’ tab above) should note the items in the table below for their further action/information where appropriate.
Item Important Action / Information
1 How will students be notified of their official conferment?  Students will be informed of their conferment status via their NUS lifelong email accounts within 3 calendar days from their official conferment date.
2 What documents will be available to conferred/awarded students to prove that they have officially been conferred?  The following documents are available:
  • Self-generated Student Status Letter
  • Electronic Degree Scroll and Electronic Transcript
  • Hard-copy Degree Scroll and Official Transcript
  • Additional Hard Copy Official Transcript
  • Certification Letters
Note:
3 NUSNET Accounts, NUS Lifelong Email Accounts and Credit Balance Please note that:
Category Date
1 NUSNET Account Students’ NUSNET account will be terminated 30 calendar days after their official conferment date.

Please:
  • note you will no longer have access to various NUS systems such as myEduRec, online storage (e.g. OneDrive) and TEAMS after the termination.
    (Note: Students may still access myEduRec, for a period of time, to register their attendance for their Commencement ceremonies.)
  • ensure you have backed up the files retained in your OneDrive, if applicable, and
  • contact itcare@nus.edu.sg should you encounter issues with the access.
2 NUS Lifelong Email Account Students’ NUS email accounts are lifelong.

Students who wish to update their personal particulars or reset their NUS lifelong email password may do so by the following:
  • Click here to update particulars.
    (Note: Updating of particulars is for Office of Alumni’s database. The official name on official NUS documents such as the degree scroll and transcript remains unchanged from the point of conferment.)
  • Click here to reset email password.
Please refer to Office of Alumni Relations’ FAQ for other Alumni related queries.
3 Credit Balance Students with credit balances in their accounts are to ensure they have updated their Credit Bank Account details in myEduRec so that refund can be processed.

Should you encounter any issues, please contact the Office of Finance by submitting a request here (do remember to provide your Student ID).
4 Cancellation/Surrender of Student’s Pass and Spouse/Child Social Visit Pass to Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) For all students on Student’s Pass (Spouse/Child inclusive), it is important to refer to the ‘Cancellation/Surrender of Student’s Pass and Spouse/Child Social Visit Pass to Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA)’ tab below.

Do note that your STP will be cancelled within 7 days of your conferment as required by ICA

Students must ensure they are on the appropriate Pass if they wish to stay on in Singapore after their conferment.
(Note: Should students leave Singapore prior to their Commencement ceremonies in July, they will need to apply for their own visa/immigration pass should they return to Singapore for the ceremonies.)
Commencement Commencement is typically held in the month of July. Students with degree conferment dates that fall between 31 July of the preceding calendar year and 30 June of the current calendar year, both dates inclusive, will be eligible to attend Commencement ceremonies in July of the current calendar year. 

Please refer to the Commencement website from 1 April onwards for more details. Alternatively, please contact the Commencement team at commencement@nus.edu.sg.
(Note: Students whose degrees are conferred from 31 July 2023 to 30 June 2024 would be eligible to attend Commencement 2024 (C2024) ceremonies.)

Official Name The University does not normally change the official name once a student has been conferred/awarded their degrees.
Student Card As your candidature with the University has expired, please either:
  • Destroy the card (by cutting it into pieces) and discard it; or
  • Return the card to Student Services Centre at Yusof Ishak House (please contact Student Services Centre for more details).
Other Information Please refer to the Other Information tab for the following:
  • Graduate Employment Survey
  • On-going Support for your Career Aspirations
  • Staying Connected with NUS
  • Library Membership
  • Tertiary Student EZ-link Card
  • Fulfilment of MOE Tuition Grant / Service Obligation Scheme
   

Spouse/Child Social Visit Pass must be cancelled in person at ICA. The pass holder and Student’s Pass (STP) holder are required to report in person to Visitor Services Centre, ICA Building, Level 4, bringing along the pass holder’s passport, LTVP card and the STP holder’s STP card.

Category Actions/Information Required
1 Students who have been Conferred/Awarded their degrees NUS will cancel your STP within 7 days of your conferment. You will receive an email, via your NUS lifelong email account, from ICA containing:
  • Instructions on how to download the STP cancellation confirmation.
  • A Short-Term Visit Pass (STVP) if you are in Singapore.
Students must ensure they are on the appropriate Pass if they wish to stay on in Singapore after their conferment.

(Note: Should students leave Singapore prior to their Commencement ceremonies in July, they will need to apply for their own visa/immigration pass should they return to Singapore for the Commencement ceremonies.)

2 Students who have been Conferred/Awarded their degrees and transiting to another degree in NUS If your STP has expired; or is expiring in less than 7 days from conferment date, you will need to have a valid Short-Term Visit Pass (STVP) if you are continuing your stay in Singapore. Please refer to the information below on obtaining the STVP.
  • Your STP needs to be cancelled.
  • If you need your STP to be cancelled urgently (i.e., less than 7 days before STP expiry date), please refer to the ICA website for information on how to surrender the STP in person. An STVP will be issued on the spot once cancellation is done.

If your STP is expiring later, please refer to an email from UG/GD Help, which will be sent within 3 working days from your official conferment date for instructions.

3 Graduating students,
  1. who have not officially been Conferred/Awarded their degrees;
  2. whose STP expiry date is before your conferment; and
  3. who wishes to remain in Singapore
NOTE: You must have a valid Short-Term Visit Pass (STVP) if you are continuing your stay in Singapore. Please refer to the information below on obtaining the short-term pass.
  • Your Student Pass (STP) needs to be cancelled.
  • If you need your STP to be cancelled urgently (i.e. less than 7 days before STP expiry date), please refer to the  ICA website for information on how to surrender the STP in person. An STVP will be issued on the spot once cancellation is done.
  • Otherwise, please complete the Request for Cancellation of Student’s Pass form and email it to UG/GD Help enquiry mailbox. It may take up to 1 week for your STP to be cancelled and to receive the STVP.
4 Graduating students who have not officially been Conferred/Awarded their degrees and intend to look for employment in Singapore You may apply for a Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP) which is valid for one year and is non-renewable. You are advised to apply online once you have completed all graduation requirements (i.e., upon release of examination results). Please expect some delays due to processing time.

 

 

Note:
  • Some documents may be withheld if there is a ‘Hold’ on a student’s record. Please login to myEduRec to check for any ‘Hold(s)’ and contact the relevant office to work out the necessary rectification.
  • Students will have, up to 30 calendar days from their official conferment date, access to the various systems that are linked to their NUSNET ID (e.g. myEduRec). Please refer to point 3 below for more information.
The following documents are available for conferred/awarded students:
Document Description
1 Student Status Letter Students will have up to 30 calendar days from their official conferment date to self-generate Student Status Letter from myEduRec. The Status Letter will reflect the following:
  • Degree title
  • Degree classification (Honours), if any
  • Conferment date
Please refer to RO Letters website, or to the Letters Video User Guide, for more information.
2 Electronic Degree Scroll and Electronic Transcript Electronic (e-) degree scrolls and transcripts will be issued via students’ NUS lifelong email account within 2 weeks from their official conferment date. 

(Note: OpenCerts are currently not issued to graduates from Joint Degree Programmes (JDP).)

Please refer to the e-Degree Scroll and e-Transcript website for more details.
3 Hard-copy Degree Scroll and Official Transcript Students will also receive hard-copy versions of their degree scrolls, and ONE (1) complimentary hard-copy of their official transcript. 
(Note: If your degree is a Joint Degree Programme (JDP), please contact the Commencement Team at commencement@nus.edu.sg to check if the hard-copy scroll is ready.)

There are varying collection periods. Please refer to the Degree Scrolls website for more details on this.
Additional Hard Copy Official Transcript
Students who require additional hard copies of their official transcript may request for one online. 

Please refer to the Official Transcripts website for more details.
Certification Letters
Students may also request for Certification Letters (letters certifying students’ graduate status from the University). 

Please refer to RO Letters website, or to the Letters Video User Guide (forward to 5:50mins of the video), for more information.

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.

If you have ‘Holds’ pertaining to:
  • College/Faculty/School related matters, please contact the Dean’s Office of your College/Faculty/School for clarification or request to resume the services.
  • Outstanding tuition fees, please click here for details on the different modes of payment available. If you have any queries or need further clarifications, please contact the Office of Finance at ofnbox3@nus.edu.sg.
  • Outstanding library fine(s) and/or unreturned library book(s), please email the Library at clbfrm03@nus.edu.sg once you have settled your liabilities, or if you have any queries or need further clarifications. Alternatively, you may contact Library at 65162016 or 68720236.
If you no longer have access to myEduRec or is unsure if you have a ‘Hold’ on your records, you may check with the Commencement Team at commencement@nus.edu.sg.

Document Description
1 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.
2 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.
3 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 e-card privileges
    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 islandwide 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.
Fulfilment 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 fulfilment 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.

You may wish to refer to other Registrar’s Office webpages if your query is not covered in this page: 
If you require further clarification, you may contact the Commencement Team at commencement@nus.edu.sg or at 6516 2304. We will attend to your query(s) within 4 working days.