Sisu instructions: Graduation request

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By selecting a degree programme you are able to see the general content as well as the possible degree programme-specific content. You do not have to select a degree programme to see the Open University's instructions.

You can submit a request for graduation in Sisu on the Structure of studies page when:

  • you have completed all studies included in your degree and they are correctly in your primary study plan, 
  • you have registered as attending
  • your study right is valid. 

Please see also instructions for graduation in your degree programme.

This page applies only to degree students, see graduation instructions for doctoral candidates here.

Please note

  • You can submit a graduation request only in the primary study plan of your study right. 
  • If you are continuing to a Master’s programme after your graduation, add a Master’s option to your study plan before submitting a graduation request. See instructions for choosing a Master's programme in your study plan.
  • Submit a graduation request while your study right is still valid! You can no longer submit a graduation request if your study right has ended, which means that you have to apply for an extension before you can graduate.  
  • Changes made in your primary study plan after submitting a graduation request no longer have an influence on your graduation request or the content of your degree certificate. 
  • If you have, for example, submitted a graduation request in the wrong degree programme or study track, your request will be rejected and you will be directed to edit your study plan to correspond with your study right. 

Compilation of study modules

Sisu will automatically forward assessment requests of study modules that are a part of your degree (for example, optional studies) after you have submitted your graduation request. You do not need to request compilation of modules separately. Assessment requests are processed in the Student Services. 

If there are study modules, parts of study modules or courses that require separate approval in your study plan, they must be approved before submitting a graduation request. See the more detailed instructions on the page Sisu instructions: Applying for module content approval.

Submit a graduation request

You can request graduation when you have completed all studies included in your degree. In this case, the status of your degree programme is “parts completed”. Submit a graduation request as follows: 

  1. Open the selection assistant by clicking the header line in your study plan with a picture of a garland and the text ‘parts completed’.
    Screenshot of the user interface of Sisu.
  2. Click the ‘Request for graduation’ link in the selection assistant.
    Screenshot of the user interface of Sisu.
  3. Confirm the request in the pop-up window by clicking the Request for graduation button.
    Screenshot of the user interface of Sisu.

Complete a graduation request   

Students graduating from a first-cycle degree programme:
  1. First verify your personal details, such as your name and date of birth, at the top of the application. If any details are incorrect, please contact Student Services to rectify them.   
  2. Verify your contact details. If you are not continuing your studies at the University of Helsinki, add a secondary email address (not a helsinki.fi address). You can edit the details by clicking on the Edit button next to your contact details.   
  3. Please answer the open questions related to your graduation request.
  4. Under Other info, you can provide further information related to graduation, if necessary.
  5. Next, select one of the following options as the delivery method of your degree certificate: ‘I will pick up the degree certificate from the university’ or ‘I want the degree certificate sent to me by mail’.
    A screenshot of the Sisu system.
  6. If you are not continuing your studies at the University of Helsinki after your graduation, you will be asked whether you wish to join the University of Helsinki alumni community. 
  7. Click on Submit graduation request and confirm the submission in the pop-up window.
    A screenshot of the Sisu system.
  8. If you are graduating with a bachelor’s degree, you will be asked to complete the Finnish Bachelor’s Graduate Survey. 
    A screenshot of the Sisu system.
Students graduating from a second-cycle degree programme:
  1. First verify your personal details, such as your name and date of birth, at the top of the application. If any details are incorrect, please contact Student Services to rectify them.   
  2. Verify your contact details. If you are not continuing your studies at the University of Helsinki, add a secondary email address (not a helsinki.fi address). You can edit the details by clicking on the Edit button next to your contact details.   
  3. Please answer the open questions related to your graduation request.
  4. Under Other info, you can provide further information related to graduation, if necessary.
  5. Next, select one of the following options as the delivery method of your degree certificate: ‘I will pick up the degree certificate from the university’ or ‘I want the degree certificate sent to me by mail’. 
  6. Indicate whether you wish to join the University of Helsinki alumni community. 
  7. Click on Submit graduation request and confirm the submission in the pop-up window.