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Student Resources

Graduation


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Graduation Ceremony

Students can graduate in May, August and December. The formal graduation ceremony is held in late May at the Anschutz Medical Campus each year. Students who graduated the previous December, August or will be eligible for the current May graduation can participate in the May graduation ceremony.

In the spring semester, the DDP Office will email to all eligible students instructions on how to plan for the graduation ceremonies. Additionally, students can download a copy of the current graduation ceremony instructions, which are updated annually.

Diploma Application

All students must submit a diploma application through UCDenver Access. The deadline to submit the diploma application is located below in the semester specific graduation deadline tabs.

Students who have an unpaid balance on their account or who have not submitted their diploma application by the deadline will not receive a diploma. 

Graduation Requirements and Deadlines

A 2.0 cumulative, professional grade point average (GPA) is the minimum GPA required of all graduating Doctor of Pharmacy students. Students must also receive a passing grade for all required and elective advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs), which includes both rotations and credit-by-challenge submissions.

All coursework, didactic and experiential, must be completed within six contiguous calendar years. Any exception to this requires approval from the program director and the DDP Committee.

In addition, students who miss the deadlines identified below may not graduate by their anticipated graduation date. 

 May Graduation Deadlines

May Graduation Deadlines

  • Before December 1 – Students should contact the DDP Office to have their transcript reviewed and confirm their graduation eligibility.
  • First Day of Spring Semester – All credit-by-challenges must be received by the DDP Office in their final format.
  • February 10Diploma application due.
  • April 1 – All rotations must be started.
  • May 8 – All course remediation, rotations and credit-by-challenge reviews must be completed. Proof of completion for an American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery certification training program must be submitted to the DDP Office. Review the Immunization Training policy for specific training requirements.
  • Late May – Graduation ceremonies are held at the Anschutz Medical Campus, typically during Memorial Day weekend.
  • Early June –Degrees will be posted on the transcript for eligible students by early June.
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 August Graduation Deadlines

August Graduation Deadlines

  • Before April 1 – Students should contact the DDP Office to have their transcript reviewed and confirm their graduation eligibility.
  • First Day of Summer Semester – All credit-by-challenges must be received by the DDP Office in their final format.
  • June 16 – Diploma application due.
  • July 1 – All rotations must be started.
  • August 2 – All course remediation, rotations and credit-by-challenge reviews must be completed. Proof of completion for an American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery certification training program must be submitted to the DDP Office. Review the Immunization Training policy for specific training requirements.
  • Early September – Degrees will be posted on the transcript for eligible students by early September.
  • Late May – All students who graduate in August may attend the graduation ceremonies held on the Anschutz Medical Campus the following May. The graduation ceremonies are typically held during Memorial Day weekend.
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 December Graduation Deadlines

December Graduation Deadlines

  • Before July 1 – Students should contact the DDP Office to have their transcript reviewed and confirm their graduation eligibility.
  • First Day of Fall Semester – All credit-by-challenges must be received by the DDP Office in their final format.
  • September 15 – Diploma application due.
  • November 1 – All rotations must be started.
  • December 12 – All course remediation, rotations and credit-by-challenge reviews must be completed. Proof of completion for an American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery certification training program must be submitted to the DDP Office. Review the Immunization Training policy for specific training requirements.
  • Early January – Degrees will be posted on the transcript for eligible students by early January.
  • Late May – Graduation ceremonies are held at Anschutz Medical Campus, typically during Memorial Day weekend.
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