Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance Graduate Program of Temple University School of Pharmacy
Graduation Celebrations and Procedures
Graduation 2016 - Sunday, June 5, 2016
The 2015 RAQA Diploma Celebration was held on Sunday, June 5, 2016 and honored graduates from August 2015, January 2016, and May 2016. Despite dire predictions of torrential rains and tornados, the bad weather held off during the ceremony and celebratory luncheon. Photographs will be available shortly. To see a film clip, click here. To view photos of the event, click here.
Graduation 2015 - Sunday, June 14, 2015
The 2015 QA/RA Diploma Celebration was held on Sunday, June 14, 2015 and honored graduates from August 2014, January 2015, and May 2015. It was another spectacular day and a beautiful event. To see photos, click here.
Graduation 2014 - Sunday, June 1, 2014
The 2014 QA/RA Diploma Celebration was held on Sunday, June 1, 2014 and honored graduates from August 2013, January 2014, and May 2014. It was a particularly beautiful day. To see photos, click here.
The 2013 QA/RA Graduation Celebration was held on Sunday, June 9, 2013. To see photos, click here. Graduates who received their MS in QA/RA in August 2012, January 2013, and May 2013 were honored. It was a beautiful day and lovely event.
The 2012 QA/RA Graduation Celebration was held on Sunday, May 20, 2012. To see photos, click here. The ceremony honored graduates who received the MS in QA/RA in August 2011, January 2012, and May 2012.
The 2011 QA/RA Graduation Celebration was held on Sunday, May 15, 2011. To see photos, click here. The ceremony honored graduates who received the MS in QA/RA in August 2010, January 2011, and May 2011.
On June 12, 2010, graduates from August 2009, January 2010, and May 2010 were honored. The event included a celebratory luncheon. View the photo gallery.
View the photo gallery.
To be eligible to receive the MS in RA and QA, you must have:
- completed a total of 36 semester hours in RAQA courses completed within 5 years of the time you matriculated into the program;
- taken the four required courses (1- Drug Development, 2 - Food and Drug Law, 3 - a Good Practices course (GMPs, GCPs, GLPs, or Advanced GMPs), and 4 - either Quality Audit or IND/NDA Submissions;
- earned a cumulative GPA in the RAQA program of 3.0 or above;
- have finished any grades of I (Incomplete) on your academic record, and not have any grades of MG (missing grades) on your transcript;
- have paid all Temple University tuition bills and fees in full. You must also have returned all borrowed materials to the University libraries.
In addition, you must formally APPLY for graduation. This is done through the TUportal. There is no charge for doing this. When you first matriculate into the RA and QA graduate program, you pay a $45.00 matriculation fee, which covers the cost of receiving your diploma at the end of the program.
To Apply for Graduation, log into the TUportal, then click Student Tools near the top of the page. Go to the Records channel (on the right side of the page under Registration). Click Apply to Graduate button. You should also contact Almira Cutler in the Graduate Studies Office (see information below).
You should check your academic record to ensure you have fulfilled the academic requirements for receiving the MS in RAQA.
Temple University issues diplomas 3 times each year (January/May/August). The University holds one graduation ceremony per year in May. The RA and QA program holds one annual graduation celebration in late May/early June.
Application for graduation deadlines are as follows. We strongly urge you to apply for graduation by these dates:
• October 1st for January Graduation
• February 1st for May Graduation
• May 1st for August Graduation
These dates are subject to change each year. Please confirm them with the Graduate Studies Office or you can also find the dates on the Temple University homepage under Academic Calendars. Again, do not wait until the deadline to submit your application. If you miss the deadline, you may not be able to receive your diploma until the following semester.
Please contact Almira Cutler, Office of Graduate Studies, after you have completed the Graduation Application Form on Self-Service Banner. She will work with the RA and QA Office in making sure you are invited to the RA and QA Graduation Celebration in May/June.
NOTE: Temple University will not release your diploma or award your degree if you have not satisfied all requirements of your degree program.
Your diploma will be mailed directly to your home. Please be aware that it takes approximately 2 months after the official graduation date. Thus, January graduates generally receive their diplomas in mid-March; August graduates generally receive their diplomas in mid-October; and May graduates usually receive their diplomas in mid-July.