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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 2020

30 September 2020

Tuesday 24, Wednesday 25 of Thursday 26 November *

October 2020

30 October 2020




November 2020

30 November 2020

Tuesday 16, Wednesday 17 of Thursday 18 February *

December 2020

24 December 2020




January 2021

29 January 2021

Tuesday 20, Wednesday 21 of Thursday 22 April *

February 2021

26 February 2021




March 2021

31 March 2021

Tuesday 22, Wednesday 23 of Thursday 24 June *

April 2021

30 April 2021




May 2021

31 May 2021

Tuesday 21, Wednesday 22 of Thursday 23 September *

June 2021

30 June 2021

July 2021

30 July 2021




August 2021

31 August 2021

Tuesday 19, Wednesday 20 of Thursday 21 October *

September 2021

30 September 2021

Tuesday 23, Wednesday 24 of Thursday 25 November *

October 2021

29 October 2021


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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