Graduation and Commencement

Upcoming Commencements - Baccalaureate Candidates

Spring Commencement - Sunday, May 20, 2018

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 Campus Center,  Room 515.

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

      May 1st for the December 31st graduation date

      September 1st for the January 31st graduation date

      December 1st for the May graduation date

      April 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.


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 Spring Commencement Ceremony if grade confirmations are not received by Friday, May 18, 2018.