Baccalaureate Commencement

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Academic Requirements

Degree Application: All students are required to complete a formal degree application. The Notice of Candidacy Form is available online.

The University has four (4) graduation dates and the degree application must be submitted as follows:

  • September 1st for the December 31st graduation date
  • October 1st for the January 31st graduation date
  • February 1st for the May graduation date
  • May 1st for the August 31st graduation date

No student’s name may appear on the graduation list unless all financial debts to the University have been settled. Conferral of a degree occurs only when the Registrar finalizes the student’s academic record and confirms that all degree requirements have been met.

Please note that all students must complete all degree requirements prior to the ceremony in order to participate in Commencement. This includes having completed a minimum of 32 course-credits along with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in both the major and for the overall degree.

Course Residency Requirements

To complete the University course residency requirement, a minimum of eight (8) course credits (32 semester hours) must be taken at Framingham State University.

To complete a major requirement, a minimum of five (5) course credits (20 semester hours) in the major department must be taken at Framingham State University.

To complete a minor requirement, a minimum of three (3) course credits (12 semester) hours must be taken at Framingham State University.

Academic Honors

To be a candidate for graduation honors, a student must have completed all degree requirements and must have completed a minimum of sixteen (16) course-credits at Framingham State University. The baccalaureate degree is conferred with honors upon a student with a final cumulative point average of:

  • Cum Laude: 3.25 - 3.59
  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.60 - 3.79
  • Summa Cum Laude: 3.80 - 4.00

All students graduating with honors will receive a gold honor tassel.

University Obligations

If you have any unresolved obligations such as library fees, student loan exit interviews, bills at the Business Office or residence hall damage, diplomas will be held until the obligation is resolved. Take care to resolve these matters prior to the end of final exams.

Off-Campus Course Work

If you are taking a course at another college this semester you must have already submitted an Off-Campus Course Approval Form (prior to enrolling in the course) to the Office of the University Registrar. It is your responsibility to make arrangements for an Official Transcript to be forwarded from that college to the Office of the University Registrar at Framingham State University. You may become ineligible to participate in the Commencement Ceremony if grade confirmations are not received by (date TBD).

Commencement Ceremony Participation

To participate in the Commencement Ceremony all students will need to fill out the commencement ceremony participation form which will be available by February 1st.

Participation in the Commencement ceremony does not constitute conferral of the degree. Similarly, inclusion of a student's name on such publications as the Commencement program does not confirm eligibility for the degree. Completion of a Baccalaureate Degree at Framingham State University requires that all students achieve a minimum 2.00 quality point average in their major requirements, including major-related course taken outside of the home department in fulfillment of major requirements as well as University requirements. All students must complete all degree requirements in order to participate in Commencement ceremonies. Appeals of their requirement with regards to participation in the Commencement ceremony may be made only on one of the following basis:

1) The student has no more than one (1) course remaining to complete degree requirements, has a minimum grade point average of 2.00, and has a highly extenuating, documented circumstance that would support a hardship exception to the requirement.


2) The student has no more than one (1) course remaining to complete degree requirements, has a minimum grade point average of 2.50, and can document that this coursework will likely be completed no later than August 31st following the spring commencement in which the student wishes to participate.

Students wishing to appeal on one of these bases must do so in writing (a link to the appeal form follows). The appeal must be accompanied by appropriate documentation and submitted to the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Development no later than 30 days prior to the postponed 2020 Commencement Ceremony. Decisions on such appeals will be made within one week of their submittal and are final.

Commencement Participation Appeal Form

Academic Regalia (Caps and Gowns)

Participation in the ceremony requires that a cap and gown be worn. The base cost of the baccalaureate regalia package is $35.00. This includes the customized FSU gown, cap, and black tassel.  The ship-to-home option cost $46.00 (which includes an additional shipping and handling fee of $11.00)

• The Oak Hall website,, is open for ship-to-home orders only. 
• Once the campus is able to fully reopen, the ship-to-store option will be added back to the website.

All students will be wearing regalia made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles! In the effort to remain green on campus, the line of graduation wear - named GreenWeaver - is made of fabric spun from molten plastic pellets. Fewer plastic bottles will be choking our landfills because for every Framingham State student walking at commencement, an average of 23 plastic bottles will be used to produce each cap and gown. With some 60 million plastic bottles going into U.S. landfills every day, Framingham State is helping to turn those bottles into keepsakes.

Class Rings/Invitations/Announcements

If you are interested in purchasing rings or announcements, you can contact the Jostens Company. More information is on their website,

Baccalaureate Degree Ceremony

Class of 2020: May 23, 2021, Virtual Ceremony, time tbd
Class of 2021:
May 23, 2021, Virtual Ceremony, time tbd

Please note that while we are moving forward with a high quality virtual ceremony, we continue to explore options for celebrating your class with smaller in-person ceremonies, in addition to the virtual ceremony. However, until such time as current State restrictions on gatherings are modified, planning for such events is impossible.