to Graduate • Graduation
Requirements • Honors
• Graduating Early • Last
Semester Option • Graduation
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Students will select their conferral date based upon their ability to complete their graduation requirements as detailed in this Handbook. Starting in the summer of 2009, the university will confer degrees three times per year, August, December, and May.
Students will be responsible for completing the listed graduation requirements. If students must deviate from the recommendations of the advisors or if the student intends to use a different course to meet a requirement, the student must obtain approval of the change in writing.
All grades and credits for courses that are required for graduation must be submitted in time to clear students for graduation. Graduating students who are taking courses at cooperative schools or in other divisions of the university must make arrangements with their instructors on the first day of class to have final grades submitted to the host registrar and then to the Homewood Registrar by the deadline for submitting grades for graduating students. If such an arrangement cannot be made, students should not register for the course.
The university Commencement is held once each year in May. Students may participate in the graduation ceremony when all graduation requirements have been satisfied. Students who are seeking an August degree conferral date should speak to their academic advising office regarding their ability to participate in the preceding Commencement ceremony.
The university does not guarantee the award of a degree or a certificate of satisfactory completion of a course of study or training program. The award of degrees and certificates of satisfactory completion is conditional upon a) satisfaction of all current degree and instructional requirements at the time of the award, b) compliance with the university and divisional regulations, and c) performance meeting the bona fide expectations of the faculty. No member of the faculty is obliged to provide students or graduates with an evaluation or letter of recommendation which does not accurately reflect the faculty member’s true opinion and evaluation of the student’s academic performance and conduct.
Completing Graduation Requirements
Students who have met all requirements for graduation in the School of Arts and Sciences or the School of Engineering as of December of their senior year may remain in university housing and/or continue to participate in student organizations only if they enroll for a minimum of 6 credits in these schools for the spring semester.
Students who have not completed degree requirements after eight full-time semesters in college may register for less than 12 credits and pay for courses on a per credit basis. With approval of the director of the student’s academic advising office and the major department (in the case of courses required for the major), these students may take courses elsewhere to meet the remaining graduation requirements, but must observe the 12 credit limit on transfer credit. These students also may have part-time status in the semester when they graduate.
A student will not be graduated until the financial account is cleared.
Restrictions on When Students can Complete Graduation Requirements
Students who have already completed eight full-time semesters and at least four semesters in residence without completing graduation requirements may stay on for additional semesters to complete graduation requirements on a full-time or part-time basis and may complete requirements in summer session.
Transfer students who have already completed the required number of semesters may stay on for additional semesters to complete graduation requirements on a full-time or part-time basis and may complete requirements in summer session.
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Incomplete Grades and Graduation Status
Students who have completed at least 8 full-time semesters and have also met the residency requirement and who receive one or more incompletes in their last semester in attendance, may complete those incompletes and are not required to register for additional coursework unless required for their degree.
Students who have completed less than 8 full-time semesters and who receive one or more incompletes in their intended last fall or spring semester in attendance, are required to register for another full-time fall or spring semester (at least 12 credits) in order to complete all degree requirements (including the residency requirement).
Option in the Last Semester
The extra courses may also include up to 6 credits of independent academic work, either graded or S/U. In addition, the usual limit of no more than 6 credits per year of independent academic work will be waived if the additional credits are for extra credit work done in the final semester.
and Departmental Honors at Graduation
General and departmental honors are noted on a student’s academic record following the student’s last undergraduate semester before graduation. In addition, honors are noted in the Commencement program. However, because the program is printed several weeks before the date of Commencement, not all honors are announced in time for inclusion in the program.
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Students who graduate in fewer than eight semesters may also take courses after graduation as a full-time or part-time student if not completing an additional major or minor. Students who graduate early lose the opportunity to complete additional majors or minors after graduation.