Applying for Graduation

Candidates for graduation should apply to the Registrar's Office two regular semesters prior to their planned completion date. Students can apply for December, May, or August graduation dates. Application deadlines are posted in the Academic Calendar.

To apply for graduation, students must obtain degree audits for all academic programs, including the honors program. Graduation applications are available in the Registrar's Office. Students are expected to meet with their academic advisors to review and sign all required paperwork. Paperwork that is unsigned or incomplete will be returned to the student. Candidates are notified of remaining degree requirements and their status within four weeks after applying for graduation.

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for a bachelor's degree, students must satisfy the following conditions:

  • complete a minimum of 124 semester credit hours, 30 of which must be upper division courses (numbered 300 or above) from a four-year institution (seeQuantity Standard below).
  • fulfill all liberal education requirements
  • maintain an overall grade point average of 2.00 or above (see Grade Point Average section below).
  • meet all course requirements and grade point average requirements in the major and minor (see individual major and minor listings).
  • fulfill the residency requirements currently in effect.

Note: Only letter grades of C- or better may be presented to satisfy major, minor, or LE requirements (with the exception of Nursing, which requires a grade of C or better; and Education, which requires a grade of C+ or better in all education classes).

The final responsibility for being informed about, and adhering to, graduation requirements rests with the individual student.

Quantity Standard

A minimum of one hundred twenty-four (124) credit hours of college work is required for graduation. Thirty (30) hours of this number must be earned in upper division courses (courses numbered 300 and above). Although some lower division transfer coursework from two-year institutions may be accepted as meeting upper division major requirements, these hours will not be counted toward the 30 upper division hours required for graduation. Students with 123.51 or more hours have completed the quantity standard for graduation.

Grade Point Average

Students must present a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all work completed at the college. Students must present a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.3 in their major unless otherwise specified in the major program. Students should check their major programs for grade point average requirements.

Graduating with Honors

Honors noted in the Commencement program are based upon the grade point average at the end of the spring semester. Honors designations noted in the program are subject to change based on the calculation of final grade point averages for students attending May and Summer terms.

Grade point averages are not rounded in order to achieve honors.

Students Who Started at Westminster College Before Fall 2010:

Honors are awarded to undergraduate students only upon graduation and are determined as follows:

Summa Cum Laude 3.850 cumulative grade point average or higher
Magna Cum Laude 3.750 cumulative grade point average (up to but not including 3.850)
Cum Laude 3.500 cumulative grade point average (up to but not including 3.750)

Undergraduate students can achieve honors in two ways:

Option 1

Completing 60 hours of coursework at Westminster with letter grades and achieving a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.500 or higher (as noted above).

Option 2

Transferring in with a transfer cumulative grade point average of 3.500 or above and completing 35 hours of coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or above at Westminster. Note: The Registrar will re-calculate grade point averages from all institutions and will include any recently taken coursework to determine your final transfer grade point average.

Students Who Started at Westminster College in Fall 2010 or later:

Honors are awarded to undergraduate students who complete 60 hours of coursework at Westminster with letter grades and who meet the following criteria:

Summa Cum Laude Top 10 percent of eligible students*
Magna Cum Laude Second 10 percent of eligible students*
Cum Laude Third 10 percent of eligible students*

*Eligible students are undergraduate students who complete 60 hours of coursework at Westminster with letter grades.

The grade point averages necessary to meet honors criteria are based on the previous year's graduating class GPA. The GPAs required to receive honors for graduation is determined after the entire class has been graduated in August and are published at the beginning of the Fall semester.

Note: Students who started school at Westminster prior to Fall 2010, but later elect a newer catalog because of new academic policies or new academic programs not previously offered, will be allowed to use the honors policy in effect when they started school.

Academic Rank

Westminster College does not rank its students.

Dean’s List

The Dean's List is an academic honor list computed after Fall and Spring semesters. To qualify for the list, students must complete at least 12 graded credit hours and achieve a 3.5 GPA or higher for the term. Courses graded credit/no credit are not counted toward the 12 hours.


The commencement ceremony is held in late May or early June. All students who complete requirements for graduation and are entitled to receive degrees are expected to be present at the commencement exercises. Students who, due to extenuating circumstances, are unable to attend must request that they be excused. Requests must be made in writing to the Registrar's Office.

December and April graduates will receive their diplomas following the ceremony. Students attending May term will receive diplomas mid-June. August graduates completing their degree requirements during the summer term may attend the preceding spring ceremony but will not receive diplomas until mid-August.