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Awarding of diploma

Once you complete your Bachelor’s or Master’s degree you will be awarded your diploma during a celebratory graduation ceremony. Some study programmes also have ceremonies for the awarding of first-year (propedeuse) diplomas or other important achievements. The awarding of your diploma is always arranged by your faculty or study programme.

Graduation ceremonies are always arranged by your study programme or faculty. 

Collecting your diploma from the Student Services Centre

As from one day after the graduation ceremony, you can collect your diploma at the desk of the Student Services Centre during opening hours. Please bring your ID.

Authorising someone else to collect your diploma

It is also possible to authorise someone else to collect your diploma. Please fill out the authorisation form and make sure that the person collecting your diploma hands in the following documents at the Student Services Centre:

Graduation and diploma ceremony

You have finished your master's programme after you've passed your last study task. Master’s diplomas are dated the last working day of the month in which the last unit of study was assessed. The graduation ceremony is held at another time.

There will be master's diploma ceremonies six times a year in the Academy Building. 



Date of last grade

Degree Completion Date

Graduation ceremony




September 2019

30 September 2019

Tuesday 26, Wednesday 27 of Thursday 28 November *

October 2019

31 October 2019




November 2019

29 November 2019

Tuesday 11, Wednesday 12 of Thursday 13 February *

December 2019

24 December 2019




January 2020

31 January 2020

Tuesday 07, Wednesday 08 of Thursday 09 April *

February 2020

28 February 2020




March 2020

31 March 2020

Tuesday 23, Wednesday 24 of Thursday 25 June *

April 2020

30 April 2020




May 2020

29 May 2020

Tuesday 15, Wednesday 16 of Thursday 17 September *

June 2020

30 June 2020

July 2020

31 July 2020




August 2020

31 August 2020

Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14 of Thursday 15 October *

September 2020

30 September 2020

Tuesday 24, Wednesday 25 of Thursday 26 November *

October 2020

30 October 2020


Two weeks before the diploma ceremony at the latest, invitations are sent to the students. The ceremonies last approximately 10 minutes, and include a personal speech by the thesis supervisor or the internship supervisor. After the ceremony, you are invited to put your signature on the wall of the 'zweetkamertje'.

Please, watch some of the pics of the master's diploma and graduation.


Academy Building
Rapenburg 67-73
2311 GJ Leiden 

See invitation for the location of your ceremony. 

Route: Academy Building


If you are unable to participate in the diploma ceremony, please inform the Student Services Centre at the least three weeks before the communicated date. In this case, you can collect your diploma from the Student Services Centre starting on the first day after the official diploma ceremony. Please take note of the correct procedure.

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