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How to Graduate

Five MCS graduates in cap and gown smile on commencement day

For the MCS Major:

  1. Update your MCS program sheet. This is the same Google sheet from when you declared your major. 
    • Make sure it is in Google drive and shared with Amanda (aekuhn [at] (aekuhn[at]stanford[dot]edu)) and LaShanette (lbreazel [at] (lbreazel[at]stanford[dot]edu)). Please give them both editing access.
    • Fill in the grade for classes you have already taken.
    • Highlight the classes you plan to take in the future. Make note of the quarter and year in which you plan to take those classes.
    • Make sure everything on your program sheet is up-to-date and accurate.
  2. Make sure you have satisfied all the requirements specified in the Bulletin at the time the major was declared.
  3. At least two quarters before you intend to graduate, schedule a meeting with our SSO (Amanda) to go over it. 
    • If you plan to graduate in 2023-2024 academic year, the deadlines for this meeting are as follows:
      • Autumn 20023 and Winter 2024 graduates, please meet with Amanda by October 6.
      • Spring 2024 graduates, please meet with Amanda by November 10.
      • Summer 2024 graduates, please meet with Amanda or LaShanette by February 12.
  4. Be on the lookout for an email from our student services team about information for our program’s commencement ceremony. We typically send this email in March, and it will include a required participation survey. 


  1. Meet with your VPUE academic advisor to make sure you’re on track in completing all of your university requirements (WAYS, etc.). If you have a double major or minor, check in with someone from your other program(s) to make sure you’re on track for those requirements too. 
  2. Apply to graduate in Axess 
  3. The Major-Minor and Multiple Major Course Approval eForm (available in the eForms portal in the Student tab in Axess) is required for graduation for students with a minor or multiple majors. The form should be submitted electronically by the final study list deadline of the quarter of intended graduation.
  4. Complete Stanford’s Graduation Checklist.