Last updated on August 23rd, 2021

GRADUATION ELIGIBILITY

Students are eligible for graduation if they have satisfactorily completed the General Education course requirements, the core course requirements for their major, double major, and minor, when applicable, and adequate electives to equal a total of 121 credits or more of satisfactorily passed coursework.

To be eligible for graduation, all candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science must successfully complete the:

  • General Education course requirements.
  • Core course requirements for their major, double major, and minor, when applicable.
  • adequate electives to equal a total of 121 credits or more of satisfactorily passed coursework.
  • present a cumulative GPA of 2.00 for the total of all credits attempted.
  • present a cumulative GPA of 2.00 for all credits counting toward the major and/or minor.
  • of the 121 credits required for graduation, at least 60 must be taken at, or above the 200 level.
  • comply with any additional restrictions or requirements of the particular degree being sought as defined on the degree audit for that major.

APPLICATIONS FOR GRADUATION

During registration for their final year, students are required to report to the Office of the Registrar to file an Application for Graduation form. Students will receive a current official copy of the degree audit and should discuss any questions they may have concerning the completion of the degree and graduation. Students should use this as a guide, in conjunction with the advice from the department chair, for course selection to ensure that all degree requirements are met by the anticipated graduation date.

GRADUATION CEREMONY

Participation in the commencement ceremony is restricted to those students whom the Office of the Registrar determines to be eligible for a degree, in accordance with the requirements defined by the department. The University may also allow students who are within six (6) credits of degree eligibility and who have the requisite grade point average to participate in the ceremony as space permits. Participation in the ceremony does not constitute confirmation of eligibility for a degree.

HONORS DESIGNATIONS

  • Valedictorian: The student with the highest grade point average in the graduating class, with the Graduation Committee’s approval, shall be granted Valedictorian status. **
  • Salutatorian: The student graduating with the second highest grade point average relative to the Valedictorian, with the Graduation Committee’s approval, shall be granted Salutatorian status. The Salutatorian shall assume the responsibilities of the Valedictorian under extraordinary circumstances. **
  • Provost’s List:* Students will be placed on the Provost’s List once they have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 4.00. *
  • Dean’s List:* Students will be placed on the Dean’s List having achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 to 3.99. *
  • Summa Cum Laude (with highest honors): Students graduating with a grade point average ranging from 3.90 to 4.00.
  • Magna Cum Laude (with high honors): Students graduating with a grade point average ranging from 3.70 to 3.89.
  • Cum Laude (with honors): Students graduating with a grade point average ranging from 3.50 to 3.69.

*NOTE: Only students who take a full credit load per semester (15 university credits or more per term) qualify for the Provost’s and Dean’s Lists. Credits from foundation courses such as Math’s and English are not used in calculating this credit load

**These awards assume students have completed 11 credits or more each semester