Applying for graduation
Students can apply for graduation in Sisu when all courses required for the master's degree have been registered in Sisu, and the master’s thesis submitted to evaluation (or completed).
Graduation is sought through the study plan in Sisu and therefore it is crucial that the study plan is up to date, reviewed and approved by programme administrative staff.
The courses shown in the study plan will also be printed on the degree certificate.
Note that you can apply for the approval and evaluation of the thesis in eAge and apply for graduation in Sisu at the same time.
Checklist for graduating students:
Take care that the completed thesis has been submitted for approval and evaluation in eAge.
To be able to apply for graduation, you must be enrolled as attending for the current semester.
You cannot graduate as a non-attending or passive student (if your study status is either of these, please contact your programme staff).
Submit a graduation application in Sisu immediately after turning in your last study attainment (e.g., a thesis). This does not have to be recorded in Sisu to apply for graduation.
Please respond to the TEK Graduate Survey which will take about 20 minutes.
With this survey, Aalto University collects feedback on the studies, study content and employment of new Master's degree graduates. To develop study programmes and university activities in the future, and monitor employment and salary levels of graduates,it is crucial we hear the voice of students.
Keep following your aalto email as you will receive information about the certificate status and pickup. You can either decide to collect the certificate from the Student Service Desk independently, have it mailed to you (e.g., if you live abroad) or participate in a Graduation Ceremony where you get the certificate.
At the end of each academic year, Aalto University also hosts a Ceremony Week. Next Ceremony Week will be organised in June 2023.
Students who, in the course of their studies towards either the bachelor’s or master’s degree, have shown excellent knowledge of the field as well as exceptional maturity and sense of judgment in the thesis may have this recognised in their degree certificate with the phrase ‘completed with honours’. The decision regarding awarding a degree with honours rests with the school.
In the field of technology a degree may be awarded with honours if the weighted average grade of the studies (with the thesis) included in the degree is at least 4.00 and if the thesis grade is 4 or 5.
In the field of economics and business administration a degree may be awarded with honours if the weighted average grade of the studies (with the thesis) included in the degree is at least 4.50.
If the thesis included in the degree has been graded on a grading scale other than the scale from 0 to 5, the thesis will be taken into calculation in accordance with provisions that were in force before this regulation entered into force.
Language versions of the commendations:
(su) Tutkinto on suoritettu erinomaisesti.
(sv) Examen har avlagts med utmärkta insikter.
(en) The degree was completed with honours.
This decision will enter into force concerning the degrees awarded in the field of technology and in the fields of economics and business administration as of 1 December 2021.
Timetable for graduation
Deadline for applications
Degree programme committee meeting date
Degree awarded by Dean
|Mon 20.11.2023||Mon 11.12.2023||Wed 13.12.2023||Wed 13.3.2024|
|Fri 29.12.2023||Mon 22.1.2024||Wed 24.1.2024||Wed 13.3.2024|
|Mon 29.1.2024*)||no meeting *)||Wed 14.2.2024||Wed 13.3.2024|
|Mon 19.2.2024||Mon 11.3.2024||Wed 13.3.2024||Wed 12.6.2024|
|Mon 25.3.2024*)||no meeting *)||Wed 10.4.2024||Wed 12.6.2024|
|Mon 29.4.2024||Mon 20.5.2024||Wed 22.5.2024||Wed 12.6.2024|
|Mon 27.5.2024||Mon 10.6.2024||Wed 12.6.2024||Wed 2.10.2024|
|Mon 24.6.2024*)||no meeting *)||Wed 10.7.2024||Wed 2.10.2024|
|Wed 31.7.2024||Mon 19.8.2024||Wed 21.8.2024||Wed 2.10.2024|
|Mon 26.8.2024*)||no meeting *)||Wed 11.9.2024||Wed 2.10.2024|
|Mon 30.9.2024||Mon 21.10.2024||Wed 23.10.2024||2025|
|Thu 31.10.2024*)||no meeting *)||Wed 13.11.2024||2025|
|Mon 18.11.2024||Mon 9.12.2024||Wed 11.12.2024||2025|
|Tue 31.12.2024||January 2025||January 2025||2025|
*) Only graduation requests can be submitted on these dates. All credits including master's thesis and maturity test has to be approved and registered previously.
The degree recipients will receive an email to their Aalto email address about one month after the date of degree award by Dean with a link for Graduation Ceremony enrolment. Via the survey link you can confirm if you want to participate in the ceremony or to collect your degree certificate on another occasion. Please note that if choose to collect your degree certificate before the graduation ceremony you cannot participate in the ceremony.
Graduation ceremonies in 2024
|Wednesday||13.3.2024||at 16.00||Hall U2, Otakaari 1|
|Wednesday||12.6.2024||at 16.00||Hall 213, Otakaari 4|
|Wednesday||2.10.2024||at 16.00||Hall U2, Otakaari 1|
Please, remember to sign up for the graduation ceremony via the electronic survey linked in the invitation (or by email to [email protected]). Please check the last date for enrolment in the invitation.
The dress code for the ceremony is relatively formal (e.g. a suit or a dress). The graduates and guests are asked to arrive in time. The guests enter the hall before the graduates, who will be called to enter by name at the start of the ceremony. The first rows have been reserved for the graduates. The Dean will enter the hall after the graduates have be called and the audience will stand up as he enters. The ceremony includes speeches and music and it lasts for about two hours. Refreshments are available at the end of the ceremony.
Instructions for arrival:
Degree recipients who are unable to attend the ceremony can collect their degree certificate from the Student service desk or they may authorize the School to mail the degree certificate to them. You can see the earliest possible pick up date on the email you have received.
505 Power of Attorney for Receipt of Degree Certificate (With this form you authorize Aalto-university to send your degree certificate by mail.) Please note that we do not mail degree certificates to addresses in Greater Helsinki.