While Commencement is held once each year in June, Lawrence also confers degrees on December 31/January 1. If you are a Music Education student and all you lack after spring term is student teaching, you are eligible to participate in commencement the June before you student teach the following fall. Once the registrar receives your graduation application, they will add you to the June commencement participant list. No petition is necessary if Student Teaching is confirmed by the Conservatory.
All other music majors that expect to complete degree requirements in December/January of the next academic year, may request permission to participate in Commencement the June before the degree is conferred. Such a petition must be submitted to the Faculty Subcommittee on Administration no later than April 10, and should contain information about how you intend to complete your requirements by the end of the calendar year. Your academic advisor(s) will need to confirm your plan is accurate and reasonable. The subcommittee will base its decision primarily on the likelihood of completion, but reserves the right to take into account exceptional circumstances.
Checklist for Grads and Participants