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Graduation Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. Before a degree can be posted, the Office of the Registrar must have received and approved the following paperwork:
These forms are available at the Office of the Registrar. Undergraduates must submit this paperwork in person to the Office of the Registrar.
NOTE THAT THE FILING OF THIS DEGREE APPLICATION DOES NOT GUARANTEE A DEGREE WILL BE AWARDED.
Undergraduates must submit one "Candidacy Petition for the Bachelor's Degree" form and two "Pre-Graduation Evaluation" forms for each major. The "Candidacy Petition for the Bachelor's Degree" form must be signed by the chair of the student's primary major.
Fall 2012 - Friday, October 5th, 2012
Winter 2013 - Friday, January 25, 2013
Spring 2013 - Friday, February 22, 2013
Summer 2012 - Friday, April 26, 2013
Yes. In these cases, at the time of applying, the "Pre-Graduation Evaluation" form must address any outstanding requirements, including GPA, N grades, I grades, etc. Your degree audit will be reviewed by your record analyst. It is the student's responsibility to check their degree audit in the first week of your graduating term to ensure that all requirements are met.
Awarding of honors is based on all graded undergraduate courses attempted at Santa Clara University and courses taken elsewhere that are counted toward the fulfillment of a student's degree. Honors will not be awarded above those merited by the student's record at Santa Clara. An indication of honors at graduation contained in the commencement program is unofficial. The final determination will be made after a review of all completed undergraduate courses counted toward the degree.
Do I need to complete a "Candidacy Petition for the Bachelor's Degree" form if I'm not participating in Commencement?
Yes. A "Candidacy Petition for the Bachelor's Degree" form must be filed by the deadline in the Office of the Registrar before a degree can be posted.
What is the new rule for participating in Commencement if I finish my degree in summer, fall or winter term?
SCU's annual commencement ceremony takes place in June. Students may participate in Commencement 2013 if they received their degree in summer 2012, fall 2012 or winter 2013.
Notify the Office of the Registrar as soon as possible. Please come by the Office of the Registrar to update your petition to graduate or email . Please note that a name change may appear on the diploma but not in the commencement program if the program has already gone to print.
After all grades and paperwork have been submitted, the degree audit is reviewed in the Office of the Registrar by your record analyst. After all requirements are complete your record analyst then can post your degree. To verify that your degree has been posted, log on to eCampus and run an unofficial transcript. Diploma orders are placed only after all degrees have been posted for all degree candidates
There are several factors that may lead to a degree being denied.
Students do not receive their diplomas on the day of commencement. Rather, the diplomas will be mailed to the address provided on the petition form 3-4 months after the degree completion date. If your address changes after you petition to graduate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
No. Diplomas will be held at the Office of the Registrar for students who have a financial hold or Student Life hold until the hold is removed. It is the student's responsibility to reconcile the hold and contact the Office of the Registrar once it has been removed.