Committed to recognizing academic excellence

Commencement and Appreciation Ceremony

Abu Dhabi University is committed to recognizing academic excellence and strives to reward such achievements to inspire excellence and outstanding academic performance.

The Student Appreciation Ceremony/Dean’s List is held every semester to honor students who have maintained 3.50 or above in their Semester GPA, with perfect academic integrity and conduct. The purpose of this event is to celebrate the academic excellence and success of students who have not only worked hard, but who have demonstrated a desire to go above and beyond the minimum required.

The Overall Awards for Excellence are given to two honor students from each College - one male student and one female student - who have made a significant contribution to the College and to campus life. A committee, made up of the Dean, selected faculty members, and the Registrar, selects the recipients of the Awards every semester.

Committed to recognizing academic excellence


Undergraduate and postgraduate level students graduating from ADU must officially file an application for graduation at the beginning of the semester in which they plan to graduate. The Office of the Registrar does not initiate the diploma preparation until a student officially files for graduation.
A preliminary degree audit is performed when you apply for graduation. The audit is meant to ensure that you meet the graduation requirements to earn the degree by the end of the graduation semester. Once your final grades are released a final degree audit is performed and endorsed by the College and the Office of the Registrar. You are then required to complete a Clearance Procedure before the final graduation certificate is issued with the smart attestation technology required by the UAE Ministry of Education.

The completion of the degree requirements is a celebration we look forward to every year. It is the outcome of several years of dedication and commitment and the achievement is recognized publicly as you walk across the stage during the graduation ceremony to receive your certificate.

You must complete ALL requirements toward your degree before the end of the semester in which you intend to graduate for your graduation application to be approved. If a previous application for graduation was rejected you must reapply for the current semester.

You can submit a graduation application request online through the PeopleSoft Student Center. It is important to apply on time so that your name is included in the commencement program.

The deadline for applying for graduation is published in the student calendar available on the ADU website. Contact the Office of the Registrar for any clarification.

To apply for graduation online:

  • Login in to PeopleSoft using your username and password
  • Click on self service
  • Click on degree progress/graduation
  • Click on apply for graduation
  • Click on the program for which you want to apply for graduation
  • Select the expected graduation term from the drop-down list
  • Carefully read any comments in the Graduation Instruction section

You may request a certified true copy of your graduation certificate through the following procedure:

  • Pay the required fee at the Finance Department
  • Present the original graduation certificate along with the receipt to the staff member at the Office of the Registrar
  • The staff member at the Office of the Registrar will inform you when the certified true copy will be available

ADU grants Latin honors to eligible students graduating from undergraduate programs. The eligibility requirement is to achieve a CGPA of 3.5 or above. The titles of the Latin honors and the corresponding CGPA’s are as follows:

  • Cum laude: 3.50-3.69
  • Magna cum laude: 3.70-3.89
  • Summa cum laude: 3.90-4.00

ADU also grants honors to eligible students graduating from postgraduate programs as follows:

  • Distinction: 3.60 – 3.84
  • Distinction with Honors: 3.85 – 4.0

Honors are listed in the student transcript and the diploma certificate.

Before every graduation ceremony, a Graduation Guide is produced and distributed to all candidates.

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