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Undergraduate Handbook

Graduation / Commencement

Degree List

There are three degree conferral periods in an academic year—May, August, and December. Students are responsible for announcing their candidacy for a degree by entering this information through the Student Self-Service registration system when they register for their final term. Students may place their names on a degree list up to the tenth day of class of the semester in which they wish to graduate. After this deadline has passed, students must contact the College Admissions/Records Officer to be added to the degree list.

On occasion, students complete their remaining requirements at another institution. Students who are not registered but intend to graduate must contact the College Admissions/Records Officer in writing, indicating how they intend to complete their remaining requirements. A student on the pending degree list should send the transcript directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to expedite degree processing.

Students pursuing teacher licensure are encouraged to finish their degree programs in a timely manner due to the changing nature of licensure requirements. Licensure requirements may change at any time, thereby jeopardizing a student's eligibility to qualify for licensure.

Honors at Graduation

Eligibility for honors at graduation is calculated after grades are recorded following a student's final semester. The minimum grade point averages in all coursework presented for graduation are as follows:

  • Honors-cumulative grade point average of 3.75
  • High Honors- cumulative grade point average of 3.85
  • Highest Honors- cumulative grade point average of 3.90


University and College of Education commencement and convocation ceremonies are conducted once a year in May. Undergraduate students who graduated the previous August and December as well as prospective May degree candidates will be invited to attend the May ceremonies. Prospective August degree candidates may be granted permission to attend the ceremony. Students intending to graduate the following December are not eligible to attend the May ceremonies as they are invited to the next year’s ceremony. Information for the College of Education convocation ceremony is available online. University commencement information can be found online as well.