What does date conferred mean? Here’s the full explanation with 5 examples

Have you ever been asked by someone what your “Date Conferred” is when talking about your degree? I know this might seem like a bit of a complex term. But it’s actually easier to understand than you might think.

In this article, we’ll be looking at what “date conferred” means, how you can find it out, and why some people will want to know.

What does “date conferred” mean?

“Date Conferred” is the date that you officially graduated. This is not the date you received your diploma certificate or the date of your graduation ceremony.

To find out your “date conferred” you may need to contact your university.

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What does “conferred” mean?

To fully understand what “date conferred” means, we will first need to look at what “conferred” means in simple English.

“Conferred” just means to be grated (or given) something. However, usually when we use “conferred”, we’re talking about something of high importance such as a degree, title, benefit or right.

So while you could say “He conferred kingship”, you wouldn’t be able to say “I just conferred a cup of tea”. When you “confer “something, it needs to have a significant impact, and it can’t be a physical object.

I know you get a certificate for your degree, but that’s not your actual degree, it’s just a physical representation of it.

“date conferred” is not your graduation ceremony

Some might make the mistake of thinking that the date you graduated is your “date conferred”. And this does make sense since a graduation ceremony is a celebration of the end of your studies.

Most colleges and universities will put on this kind of event to show that they understand the amount of hard work their students have put in. All of those papers they wrote and classes they attended, the graduation ceremony shows that the school recognises their work.

However, the institution will need to do an audit. To ensure you have finished all your classes, completed any clinical/fieldwork, and paid your tuition in full.

Stages of a degree

There are three main stages of any degree.

In progress. This is where the student works hard, hits the books, attends classes, and does the best to get the best possible grade.

Completed. This is where the student has met all of the academic requirements needed for their degree. They’ve handed in all their papers and sat an exam that they may have had to sit.

Conferred. This is the final stage. Once this part has been completed, the student has their degree.

How to confer a degree

To Confer your degree, here are the 5 things you will need to do.

1. Complete your classes. Some degrees require you to attend a certain number of classes to get your degree.

2. Turn in any paperwork. How do you expect your essays to be marked if you don’t hand them in? If there’s any additional paperwork (such as registration), you will need to hand that in too.

3. Graduation ceremony. This is the fun part. You get to wear a cool hat, and everyone claps when they say your name.

4. Have your audit. This is the part where you wait. You may need to pay additional fees if the college asks.

5. Receive your diploma. This is a certificate that says you have a degree. Once this is completed, contact your college to ask if they have conferred your degree.

When will you need to know your “date conferred”?

There are two places where you will most commonly find people asking you for your “date conferred”.

The first will be on job applications and resumes. Potential employers will want to know not just when you were at college but how long you’ve had your degree.

If you wish to stay in education for a PhD, you may also be asked for your “date conferred”.

Why your “date conferred” matters

Employers might want to know this information to make sure that you actually have a degree. With jobs being so hard to get, many employers may be worried about applicants lying about having a degree.

By asking for your “date conferred”, they will be able to check with your school that this information is accurate. This helps them to keep everything in check and make sure you are who you say you are.

How to find out your “date conferred”

If you wish to know what date you “conferred” from college or university, you will need to get in touch with them, either via phone or email.

You will likely need to provide them with your name, student number/ID, and year of graduation. Once they tell you what date you “conferred”, it will be wise to keep it written down. You won’t have to keep on emailing your old college/university every time you apply for a new job.

Some universities and colleges might even allow you to find out your conferred date without having to ring or email them.

Examples of “date conferred” in 5 sentences

“We will need to know the degree or degrees received by you, date conferred, and the institution by which conferred. “

“these conferred the Fellow Craft degree, will attend carefully and promptly and on the above date conferred the to all matters sent from the school”.

“List the university or college, the degree, date conferred, and major field of study. Also be sure to list graduate courses beyond the degree and dates of completion. “

“I have not, to this date, conferred a degree”.

“Applicants must submit with their applications their photograph taken within two years. you in each, naming any degree or degrees received by you, date conferred, and the institution by which conferred”


The date conferred of your degree might not be the day you got your certificate or attended your graduation ceremony. It’s the date that everything was finalised, all the paperwork had been sorted, and you were officially given your degree.

These days, your university may allow you to log in to their website to find out your “date conferred”, but if they don’t, you can always give them a ring. Once you know, write it down, and don’t forget it.

Now, you can apply for that job and know exactly what the application is asking of you.