Catalog in Effect
A candidate for a degree may choose to graduate under the regulations of the catalog in force at the time of enrollment or any subsequent catalog provided that the catalog chosen is not more than seven years old. A student must have been enrolled under the catalog chosen and must conform to the degree requirements of that catalog.
Candidates for graduation must complete an application for a degree to the Registrar’s Office no later than the semester preceding the semester in which they intend to graduate. Candidates for graduation must attend the practice session, Baccalaureate, and Commencement exercises unless they obtain an exemption in writing from the Provost.
Graduation honors are awarded for high academic achievement according to grade point average (GPA). Attainment of a 3.50 through 3.69 GPA will result in the designation of Cum Laude; 3.70 through 3.89 GPA will be designated Magna Cum Laude; 3.90 through 4.00 will be designated Summa Cum Laude.
Early Participation Option
Automatic permission to participate in a ceremony is granted only to those students who need 6 or fewer hours to complete degree requirements. Students who will complete all degree requirements by the end of the following fall semester may petition to walk early by submitting a request and completion plan to the Registrar’s Office by January 25 of the spring semester that they intend to walk.
Any student who chooses to participate in a commencement ceremony before completing their degree must recognize that any pending honors or awards that require a final GPA calculation (such as Latin Honors) will not be recognized at the ceremony.