Applying for graduation
Students can apply for graduation when all courses required for the master's degree have been registered in Sisu, and the master's thesis 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
Graduation dates 2023
Deadline for applications
Degree programme committee meeting date
Degree awarded by Dean
|Fri 30.12.2022||Mon 23.1.2023||Wed 25.1.2023||Wed 15.3.2023|
|Mon 30.1.2023 *)||no meeting *)||Wed 15.2.2023||Wed 15.3.2023|
|Mon 27.2.2023||Mon 20.3.2023||Wed 22.3.2023||Wed 14.6.2023|
|Mon 27.3.2023 *)||no meeting *)||Wed 12.4.2023||Wed 14.6.2023|
|Mon 24.4.2023||Mon 15.5.2023||Wed 17.5.2023||Wed 14.6.2023|
|Mon 29.5.2023||Mon 12.6.2023||Wed 14.6.2023||Wed 4.10.2023|
|Mon 26.6.2023 *)||no meeting *)||Wed 12.7.2023||Wed 4.10.2023|
|Mon 31.7.2023||Mon 21.8.2023||Wed 23.8.2023||Wed 4.10.2023|
|Mon 28.8.2023 *)||no meeting *)||Wed 13.9.2023||Wed 4.10.2023|
|Mon 25.9.2023||Mon 9.10.2023||Wed 11.10.2023||Early 2024|
|Mon 30.10.2023 *)||no meeting *)||Wed 15.11.2023||Early 2024|
|Mon 20.11.2023||Mon 11.12.2023||Wed 13.12.2023||Early 2024|
|Fri 29.12.2023||January 2024||January 2024||Early 2024|
*) 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 message to their Aalto email address about one month after the date of degree award by Dean with link to survey about collection degree certificate.
If you choose there the participation in the graduation ceremony you will receive an invitation to the ceremony about two weeks before the graduation ceremony to your Aalto email address.
Please take notice that if collect your degree certificate before the graduation ceremony you cannot participate the graduation ceremony.
Graduation ceremonies in 2023
|Wednesday||15.3.2023||at 16.00||Aalto hall, Otakaari 1|
|Wednesday||14.6.2023||at 16.00||Hall 213, Otakaari 4|
|Wednesday||4.10.2023||at 16.00||Hall U2 (Mellin), Otakaari 1|
Please remember to sign up for the ceremony at least one week in advance primarily with electronic form linked in the invitation (or by email to [email protected]). Degree recipients can bring a maximum of two guests to the ceremony.
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:
How to get to Otaniemi (aalto.fi)
Campus map with parking areas (aalto.fi)
Collecting the diploma if not attending
Degree recipients who are unable to attend the ceremony can obtain the certificate from the Student service desk (room 102, Otakaari 4) already one month after the date of degree award by Dean or they may authorize the School to mail the degree certificate to them. You can see the earliest possible date on the collection message. Please note that degree certificates are mailed outside Finland only in special situations.
505 Power of Attorney for Receipt of Degree Certificate (With this form you authorize Aalto-university to send your degree certificate by mail.) NB: We don't mail degree certificates to addresses in the Finnish Capital Region, so called Greater Helsinki.