Graduation and Commencement

Upcoming Commencements - Baccalaureate Candidates

Spring Commencement - Sunday, May 21, 2017

In preparation for graduation, please read these announcements carefully:

Academic Requirements

Degree Application:

All students are required to complete a formal degree application.  The Notice of Candidacy Form is available on line or from the Student Services Center, McCarthy Center , Rm 515.

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 Latin honors will receive a gold tassel.  Gold tassels will be distributed at the Commencement Rehearsal.

Academic Regalia (Caps and Gowns)
Participation in the ceremony requires that a cap, gown and hood be worn.  University Cap & Gown will have representatives on campus in either the lobby of the McCarthy Center or in the lobby of the Athletic Center in early May for students to purchase their required academic regalia.  Students without academic regalia will not be allowed to participate in the commencement ceremony.

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.

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

The Winter Commencement is to be determined. Graduates must check in one hour before the ceremony begins. Commencement exercises will take place indoors at the University. Additional ceremony details will be provided to those students eligible to attend.

The Spring Commencement is scheduled for Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 2:00pm (participants must check in at 1:00pm). Commencement exercises will take place outdoors on the Village Green in Framingham Centre. The ceremony will be held rain or shine.  Additional ceremony specifics will be addressed at the mandatory commencement rehearsal.

Commencement Rehearsal
All students who wish to participate in the Spring Commencement Ceremony MUST attend the mandatory rehearsal held on Thursday, May 18, 2017. Check-in is at the Athletic Center Gymnasium unless otherwise noted.  Mark this date on your calendar and do not be late. If you do not attend rehearsal, you CANNOT participate in the Spring Commencement Ceremony.  Exceptions will not be made.

For the Spring Commencement Ceremony, seating will be limited and tickets will be provided. This means tickets  will be required for your guests to gain admittance to the commencement exercises. Additional details will be sent to those students eligible to participate in this ceremony.

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 Spring Commencement Ceremony if grade confirmations are not received by Friday, May 19, 2017.

For the Spring Commencement Ceremony, parking is available on the University Campus. The Village Green is located approximately one half mile from the Framingham State University Campus. A continuous shuttle bus will run between the University and the Village Green for anyone who wants a ride to the ceremony.

During the ceremony, access to the stage area for picture taking or video taping by guests will be prohibited.  Please relay this information to your guests.  A professional photographer will take your picture as you receive your degree.  The photographer will be contacting you in writing at your home address with specifics on ordering photographs and the cost.

Senior Class Activities - 2017
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