The term “Graduation” refers to the completion of an academic degree, whether at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Formal ceremonies, referred to as the Commencement Exercises, are held three (3) times a year, as follows:

  • Graduates of Term 1 - February
  • Graduates of Term 2 - June
  • Graduates of Term 3 - October

Graduation, however, is not automatic. A student needs to apply to graduate. Because of the peculiarities of the undergraduate and graduate programs, the procedures for application to graduate are different.

Application to Graduate (Undergraduate)

Students need not be absolutely certain of passing their remaining courses/subjects to apply for graduation.

Students enrolling for the ultimate (last) term are deemed to be graduating.

To apply to graduate, the steps below must be followed:

1. On-Line ‘Apply to Graduate’

In the My.LaSalle account, click ‘Apply to Graduate’ during the given schedule.

This facility is available from Mondays to Fridays (0800 to 2000) and Saturdays (0800 to 1200) during the schedule provided by the Office of the University Registrar, usually starting on Week 10 to the end of Week 12 of the term.

The students are able to view their personal and basic academic information through the on-line application to graduate. Students who need to make corrections in their records should email the Office of the University Registrar within the application to graduate period.

2. Assessment of Fees

After 10 working days from the on-line application, the students will receive an email instruction regarding their assessment.

3. Payment of Fees

After securing the assessment of fees, the students need to pay to the Cashier at the Enrollment Services Hub within three (3) working days.

4. Verification of List of Graduates

On the designated dates for verification (Please see Schedule of Graduation Activities), the students should check their name, degree, and awards (if any) against the list of candidates for graduation.

Application to Graduate (Masters and Doctorate)

Students enrolling in their last requirement for the completion of their masters or doctoral programs are deemed graduating students.

Depending on the program, students should enroll in Final Thesis/Dissertation Defense or Oral Comprehensive Examination (OCE) within the applicable enrollment period (Please see Academic Calendar for deadlines).

The following are the steps in the application to graduate:

1. On-line 'Apply to Graduate'

(a) Click 'Apply to Graduate' in their My.LaSalle account during the schedule.
(b) After 10 working days from the on-line application to graduate, check email instruction for the assessment of fees.

2. Payment of Fees

Upon completion of the final requirement, students need to pay to the Cashier at the Enrollment Services Hub.

3. Submission of Requirements

After a successful final defense, students need to submit the following to their academic department:

(a) Five (5) CDs of thesis/ dissertation signed by adviser [three (3) for the Office of the University Registrar ; two (2) for the Department]. The CDs and the transparent cases are appropriately labeled as Follows:

Title of thesis dissertation:

Program:(e.g., PhD in Development Studies)

Name of school:De La Salle University-Manila

Name of student:Last name, first name, middle name

Month and year of completion:e.g., July 2004

Name of faculty of adviser:Title, First name, middle initial, last name

(b) Approval sheet with complete signatures;

Deadlines for submission should be checked with the academic departments.

4. Verification of List of Graduates

On the designated dates for verification (Please see Schedule of Graduation Activities), the students should check their name, degree, and awards (if any) against the list of Candidates of graduation.

Graduation Preparation

Below are reminders for graduating students:

Graduation Preparation
Tickets for PICC
Graduating students are not issued PICC tickets. Instead, their
DLSU ID shall be used to enter PICC on the day of the Commencement Exercises.

Lost tickets cannot be replaced.

Two (2) tickets are allotted to every graduating student for parents/guests.

Students graduating with Latin Honors, Distinctions, and University Special Awards are given reserved seats.

Guest tickets issued are monitored by serial numbers. Please do not sell them to the scalpers

Semi-formal* with academic attire shall be used for the following activities:

Graduation Mass and Recognition Ceremonies· Class Picture-Taking·

Commencement Exercises

Semi-formal attire means—Men: Slacks and long sleeves polo, or, barong

Ladies: Dress, or blouse and skirt, with closed leather shoes with heels.

The academic attire will be distributed on the specified schedule. Upon receipt of the academic attire, students should check if they were given a complete set of the academic attire, which should consist of

(a) cap
(b) gown and
(c) hood.

The academic attire must be fit immediately. Only academic attire with wrong specifications from what has been indicated in the application to graduate will be replaced by the supplier.

Academic attires not claimed within the schedule will be released at the office of the supplier. Students without academic attires will not be allowed to join the Graduation Mass and the Class Picture-Taking.

Academic attires must be returned following the specified procedures, schedule, and venues.

Photo/Video Coverage
The graduation committee has authorized Florofoto-School Pictures, Inc. to provide the exclusive photo/video coverage.Freelance photographers at PICC will not be permitted inside Plenary Hall.

Florofoto offers the following packages if ordered and paid at DLSU:

Photo Coverage and Video Coverage (P850.00) consisting of:

  • Colored Pictures and Video in DVD format
  • Graduation Picture (8x10, color),
  • Receiving of Diploma (5x7, color)
  •  Picture with Parents (5x7, color)

Payments to Florofoto are scheduled simultaneously with the distribution of the academic attire.

Graduation pictures will be taken in the specified venue, following the per college sequence below:

  • College of Liberal Arts
  • Ramon V. del Rosario College of Business
  • School of Economics
  • College of Law
  • Gokongwei College of Engineering
  • College of Computer Studies
  • Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC College of Education
  • College of Science

The order of graduation picture-taking shall be strictly followed. Late comers cannot be accommodated.The schedule per college includes those graduating from college, masters and doctoral programs.

Graduation pictures may be claimed at De La Salle University on the schedule and in the venue specified or at the office of Florofoto if claiming will be done after the schedule. Graduates must bring their DLSU ID and Official Receipt.

Graduation Mass
Because of the limited seating capacity of the Most Blessed Sacrament Chapel, this event is exclusively for the graduates.


The following awards are exclusively given at the Commencement Exercises:
  • Latin Honors (Summa, Magna, Cum Laude)
  • University Special Awards (Connon, Student Leadership, Community Development Leadership, Cultural Development and Athletics)

The following awards are exclusively given at the College Recognition:

  • Honorable Mention
  • Departmental (e.g., excellence, outstanding thesis/dissertation)
  • Loyalty awards

Graduation Rehearsal
Attendance in the Graduation Rehearsal is a must for those participating in the Commencement Exercises at the PICC.

Students should be at the Graduation Rehearsal venue on time.


Schedule of Graduation Activities

View the Schedule of Graduation Activities.