When it comes time to receive your Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, there are some important steps and information to consider.
Find pertinent information regarding your degree conferral, honors, diploma distribution, NAVLE® eligibility, licensure, special graduation dates, and more.
VETERINARY SCHOOL CONFERRAL DATES
Ross Vet has three official conferral dates per year on which DVM degrees are conferred. Please see the table below:
|iF YOUR LAST DAY OF CLINICAL YEAR IS:||CONFERRAL DATE|
|February 1- May 31, 2023||May 31, 2023|
|June 1- September 30, 2023||September 30, 2023|
|October 1, 2023 - January 31, 2024||January 31, 2024|
All veterinary school graduation requirements must be met on or before a conferral date in order for you to qualify for that date. Students completing their clinical coursework after September 30th will be eligible for conferral in January unless they qualify for a special graduation date.
OTHER ACADEMIC RECOGNITIONS
In addition to earning a degree, many students qualify for other academic recognitions.
These recognitions can impact how your diploma looks, how your name is listed in the program, read at commencement, or what items can be added to your regalia.
Your honors status, if applicable, will be printed on your DVM diploma. It is important to note the pre-clinical cumulative GPA through 7th semester is used to determine your honors status and ranking – clinical grades are not factored in. Honors designations and cords are as follows:
|3.5–3.59||Honors (single silver honor cord)|
|3.6–3.79||High Honors (single gold honor cord)|
|3.8–4.00||Highest Honors (double gold honor cord)|
A Special Graduation Date (or early conferral) of your DVM degree may be approved if, because of the action or scheduling of your clinical institution, you will complete your 45-week clinical year before or after one of the three standard conferral dates. When applying for a special graduation date, you must still submit an application for graduation via the Ross Vet Portal.
pecial Graduation Dates can only be issued the month before or after the standard conferral date. The conferral date must be the 15th or last day of that month. Under no circumstances will a Special Graduation Date be awarded prior to completion of all clinical rotations and externships.
To apply for a Special Graduation Date, please submit a written request via the Ross Vet Portal 30 days prior to your requested date, and include your preferred Special Graduation Date, your most up-do-date clinical schedule, and the date by which you expect to finish your clinical year. You will be notified via email if further information is needed or if your requested date is approved. Approval is contingent upon meeting all conferral requirements by the approved date.
Please note, in addition to meeting conferral requirements, all outstanding financial obligations must also be resolved. Be sure to stay current with your account status, and contact Student Finance at 732-509-3051 or FinAid@RossU.edu for additional assistance if needed.
If you are approved for a Special Graduation Date, please be aware that your clinical affiliate must provide a final official transcript to the Office of the Registrar prior to the completion of your degree audit. Your file will remain in a pending status until all grades are received and processed. You may need to have your clinical site submit your final grades to us early.
To register for the NAVLE®, you must have an expected vet school graduation date no later than ten months from the last day of your preferred testing window (except for those applying through California, Nebraska, and New York, for which the requirement is eight months). If the state in which you are applying for the NAVLE® requires proof of enrollment in veterinary school, you can print a letter of intent through the Registrar Forms area of the Ross Vet Portal. Please visit http://www.icva.net for more NAVLE® information.
If you are a Canadian student, please contact the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association - National Examining Board and follow their NAVLE® application procedures and requirements.
A letter of intent confirms that you are currently completing your clinical rotations during the final year of your veterinary program and says when you expect to graduate. You may request a letter of intent within the Registrar Forms area in the Ross Vet Portal.
(Student Services | Registrar | Registrar Forms | School of Veterinary Medicine Forms)
- To request a letter of completion submit an OSPD Letter of Completion request. To request a certified copy of your diploma sent to you or a third party submit an OSPD Certified Copy of Diploma request form on myRoss, and provide complete and accurate recipient information. Transcript requests are fulfilled through Parchment Exchange. To request a copy of your official transcript, please click on the link below:
Request your Transcript
- Licensure forms can be submitted to our office by mail, fax, or email.
- Please note that document requests cannot be made over the phone, and no documents are sent automatically on your behalf. All requests must be submitted through the Ross Vet Portal or in writing. Processing time for documents is 3-5 business days (if you need your request held until your degree is conferred, you can expect them to go out within 1-3 days of your clear date).
- Each state board has different requirements to apply for licensure in their state. You will need to research the state in which you are applying and follow their application process.