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March 21, 2019

Winter 2019 Graduation: Submit Candidacy & Degree Recommendations

Students graduating Winter Quarter 2019 must complete all degree requirements on or before March 22, 2019. Please use the following checklist to assist GEMS in providing a quick and successful graduation for your students. Checklist Before you recommend a student for graduation in MyGrad, verify the following: the master’s degree request indicates the correct degree code; contact GEMS if the…


March 18, 2019

April 15th Resolution – Council of Graduate Schools

This is a copy of the e-mail that was sent from the Office of the Interim Dean of the Graduate School on March 12. It is reposted here for your reference: Interim Dean Rebecca Aanerud would like to pass along this message from the Council of Graduate Schools.  Its purpose is to remind UW graduate programs about…


Spring 2019 – Convey Admissions Decisions

Please be advised the fifth day of instruction, Friday, April 5th, is an important admission deadline for Spring Quarter.  The following actions should be taken in MGP no later than April 5th: Submit admission petitions for any changes to Spring 2019 applications Defer – admitted for Spring 2019 deferring to a future quarter Early Entry*…


March 5, 2019

2019 Best Practices for Student Visa Requests and Department Funding

GEMS is approaching our peak period for processing Summer and Autumn 2019 I-20s for F-1 visa applications. Please help us process your new students’ I-20s as efficiently as possible; if you are offering department financial support (e.g., RA/TA/Fellowship/International Tuition Waiver) to an international graduate applicant: complete the Graduate Funding Detail page. To access, go to MGP…


September 20, 2018

Autumn 2018 – Convey Admissions Decisions

Please be advised the fifth day of instruction, Tuesday, October 2nd, is an important admission deadline for Autumn Quarter.  The following actions should be taken in MGP no later than October 2nd: Submit admission petitions for any changes to Autumn 2018 applications Defer – admitted for Autumn 2018 deferring to a future quarter Early Entry*…


September 14, 2018

GEMS – Unsatisfactory Progress

Please note our new submission process for Low Scholarship / Unsatisfactory Progress. This is a temporary process while GEMS works with our technical team to integrate this process entirely into MyGradProgram. If you have already submitted documents for a particular student, please do not resubmit. To submit a probation status recommendation: 1. Access the Sharepoint…


March 16, 2018

Spring 2018 – Convey Admissions Decisions Deadline

As you plan for Winter 2018 graduation, don’t forget that Spring quarter is right around the corner!  Please be advised that the fifth day of instruction is March 30th (please refer to our Dates & Deadlines calendar each quarter for the “Convey Admissions Decisions” deadlines). For our March 30th Spring 2018 deadline, please ensure that: Admissions petitions are submitted…


Planning for Winter Quarter 2018 Graduation

These are reminders for you that will assist GEMS in providing a quick and successful graduation for your students for Winter Quarter 2018. Students must have completed all degree requirements on or before March 16, 2018. Before you recommend graduation in MyGrad (by Wednesday, March 21st at 5 p.m.), please ensure the following steps have been completed:…


March 30, 2017

Update to Deadlines for Conveying Admissions Decisions

On January 5, 2017, GEMS notified advisors that the “Notice of Intent” regarding a deadline for admission deferrals, admission early entries, late applications for admission and admission decisions had been approved and would be implemented. At the request of the International English Language Program (IELP), we are now adding Defer AEP requirements to this deadline…


February 3, 2017

Admissions Challenges Under New Executive Order

Graduate School Dean David Eaton sent the below message (excerpted) to graduate programs on February 1, 2017. With the recent Executive Order potentially impacting student entry into the US, many of you have asked how you should handle admission applications specifically from the seven countries identified in the Executive Order. The Graduate School strongly recommends…



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