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Graduation

Graduation

For information on the Commencement ceremony, please click here.

Graduation Process

Candidates for graduation should apply to the Registrar's Office two regular semesters prior to the anticipated completion of graduation requirements.

How to Apply

  1. Fill out the Graduation Application Form (see below). You can either print this form from the link or come to the Registrar's Office to pick it up. You will also need degree audits, available through WebAdvisor or from our office.
  2. Take your degree audits to each of your advisors and get their signature.
  3. Bring the signed degree audits and the completed Application Form back to the Registrar's Office.

Please note: this file is available in both MS Word and Adobe Acrobat PDF format. You may need to visit the Adobe website to get the Acrobat Reader plugin.

Graduation Application Form

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Candidates are notified of remaining degree requirements approximately four to eight weeks after applying for graduation.

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

Master's Degree

To see graduation requirements for a Master's degree, please refer to the individual program in the Academic Catalog.

Bachelor's Degree

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

  • 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 (or 40 for students using Acacademic Catalogs 2008-2009 or older);
  • fulfill all liberal education requirements;
  • maintain an overall grade point average of 2.00 or above;
  • meet all course requirements and grade point average requirements in the major;
  • fulfill the residency requirements in their governing academic catalog;
  • maintain good academic standing.

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.

1. 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 course work at Westminster with letter grades and achieving a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.50 or higher (as noted above).

Option 2

Transferring in with a transfer cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or above and completing 35 hours of course work at Westminster with letter grades and achieving a 3.50 or above Westminster cumulative GPA. Note: The Registrar will re-calculate grade point averages from all institutions and will include any recently taken course work to determine your final transfer grade point average.

2. 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.