Conclusion of studies, graduations and diplomas
Updated on 6. 1. 2023
The date of completion of studies is considered to be the date of passing the last part of the state final examination. From this date, graduates are entitled to use the relevant university degree.
Graduation dates for the academic year 2023/2024 will be updated at the end of February 2023.
29. 11. - 1. 12. 2022
Timetable – according to study programmes
|21. 4. 2023
Dates for students who passed the state doctoral exams in the winter period
21. 4. 2023
|27. 7. 2023
Dates for students who passed the state doctoral exams in the spring period 2023
22. 5. 2023
|29. 11. 2022|
|23. 5. 2023|
The updated version of graduations and matriculations is available in SIS, in the module Graduation.
General information about graduations
The graduation ceremony of:
- the students in master, doctoral and rigorosum programmes take places in the Great Hall of Karolinum, Ovocný trh 5, Praha 1 (the building of the rectorate of Charles University – map).
- bachelor graduations take place in the Hall of the House of Professed, Malostranské náměstí 25, Praha 1 (the building of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics) – map.
The dates are assigned to the graduates in SIS based on number of students in study programmes, time availability of academic staff etc. Due to organisation reasons, it is not possible to change the graduation dates individually. After assigning the date, the system generates and automatic e-mail that informs the graduates about a preliminary graduation date. If needed, this date may be changed by the Department of Student Affairs. If a graduate cannot attend a graduation ceremony for serious reasons, it is possible to take them out of the list at this point. After the final assignment of the date (approx. 4 weeks before the graduation date), the graduates get another e-mail confirming the date and stating that it is not possible to change it. If a graduate cannot participate, there is no other way than picking up the diploma at the Department of Student Affairs.
The course of the graduation ceremony
The graduates arrive in appropriate formal clothes to the registration to the room next to the Hall at least 30 minutes before the beginning of the ceremony. In this room, they sign the matriculation book and receive instructions for the graduation. In colder months, please take into account that there might be a queue at the cloak room. If a graduate arrives late, it is not possible to let them participate in the ceremony.
The graduates of the bachelor programmes make the oath by shaking hand with the Promotor and saying SLIBUJI (= I promise).
The graduates of master and doctoral programmes (PhD and RNDr.) make the oath by raising their hand in the direction of the top of the sceptre saying SPONDEO AC POLLICEOR (= I pledge and promise).
The graduation ceremonies are described in detail in the Code for matriculation and graduation ceremonies (approved on May 31, 2021, in force from June 6, 2021). There is a professional providing photographic and video documentation and it is possible to order it on spot. Please inform your guests that it is forbidden to walk around the Hall and taking pictures/video during the ceremony.
In case a graduate does not want to participate in the ceremony due to the recording and photographing, they can request to receive the diploma separately at the Department of Student Affairs.
At the bachelor graduation ceremonies, the maximum number of guests is 4-5 people per one graduate. At the other graduation ceremonies, there is no limit thanks to the capacity of the Great Hall. In any case, it is not recommended to take children younger than 5 because for them, the programme is long and boring and they may disturb the ceremony as a result.
Absence at the graduation ceremony
In order to participate in the next ceremony, it is necessary to send a written request (letter or e-mail) at least one month before the date of the graduation ceremony. If a graduate does not want to participate in the ceremony, they send a written request to the Department of Student Affairs in order to be excluded from the lists and to be able to pick up the diploma without participating in the graduation ceremony. This procedure does not apply to the rigorosum graduation ceremonies.
How to get your diploma without participating in the graduation ceremony
If a graduate wants to have a maiden surname on the diploma, they have to request it at the Department of Student Affairs at least 30 days before the date of the final state examination.
Copies or diplomas are issued by the Archive of Charles University. More information and the form are available here.
The bachelor pledge - in Latin with Czech translation
The master pledge - in Latin with Czech translation
The doctoral pledge - in Latin with Czech translation
More information about graduation ceremonies and diplomas is available at the website of the Rectorate of Charles University