Applying for Graduation and Degree Works

Please Note: There is a distinction between having your degree awarded and participating in the Commencement Ceremony.

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Bachelor's Candidates

Dear Potential Graduating Student,

To determine eligibility for an upcoming degree conferral date, please file a Graduation Application Form to request a final audit on your record.  Filing this application is the first step to receiving your degree.

As you complete your Graduation Application, please thoroughly review your DegreeWorks record to ensure that you have

  • all of your required courses
  • all of the required credits – most bachelor’s degrees need 120
  • at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA

Take note that minors are not in DegreeWorks, but certificates are – use the Degree drop down to change to CERT.

Additional details, deadlines, and Commencement information can be found at:

Additional details about commencement will be posted as the Commencement date approaches.

Please schedule an appointment with MaryAnne Turner or Beth Wichland in the Center for Student Success, Speare 108, for a Degree Review to make sure you will have all your requirements complete to graduate.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact us at psu-degreeinfo@plymouth.edu.

Thank you,

Registrar’s Office Auditing Team

Masters, CAGS, and Doctoral Candidates

Dear Potential Graduating Student,

To determine eligibility for an upcoming degree conferral date, please file a Graduation Application Form to request a final audit on your record.  Filing this application is the first step to receiving your degree.

Forms are available for Masters, CAGS, EdD, certificate, and Teacher Certification/Specialist Credential candidates.

As you complete your Graduation Application, please thoroughly review your DegreeWorks record to ensure that you have

  • all of your required courses
  • all of the required credits
  • at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA

Please use the Degree dropdown to change to CERT if you have a certificate program

Additional details, deadlines, and Commencement information can be found at:

Additional details about commencement will be posted as the Commencement date approaches.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact us at psu-degreeinfo@plymouth.edu.

Thank you,

Registrar’s Office Auditing Team

Bachelor's Candidates

Before undergraduate students are awarded a degree/certificate by the university, their academic record must be audited for completion of program requirements. This official audit is performed by a degree auditor. It is the auditor’s function to determine that students have completed general education and specific program requirements and have earned the necessary university and program grade point averages to qualify for completion of the major, option, minor, or certificate. Only a university degree auditor may certify the completion of an undergraduate degree/certificate.

Degree auditors are located in the Registrar’s Office in Speare 115.
Phone: (603)535-2345
Fax: (603)535-2724
PSU-DegreeInfo@plymouth.edu

Graduation Applications trigger an academic audit to make sure that students intending to graduate have completed all graduation requirements. A previous degree audit for readmitted students is no longer valid, and a new audit will be conducted when a student files a new Graduation Application. The official degree audit of a student who does not graduate expires when that student’s catalog expires. The academic student advocate and policy support, the registrar, and the chair of the major department will consider appeals for exceptions to this policy.

Masters, CAGS, and Doctoral Candidates

Before graduate students are awarded a degree/certificate by the university, their academic record must be audited for completion of program requirements. This official audit is performed by a degree auditor. It is the auditor’s function to determine that students have satisfied all necessary academic requirements.

Degree auditors are located in the Registrar’s Office in Speare 115.
Phone: (603)535-2345
Fax: (603)535-2724
PSU-DegreeInfo@plymouth.edu

Enrolled students at Plymouth State University have access, through myPlymouth, to a computerized assessment of their progress toward completion of degree requirements. Degree Works pairs the courses a student has taken (or officially transferred) to the general education requirements and the specific requirements of their major. In-progress coursework is noted as such. Degree Works also notes the area of study, credits earned, and grade point average as well as all courses taken or transferred to Plymouth. Degree Works is an important tool for students as they begin to plan their academic schedule. When students process an audit, they also have the option of choosing different majors and options for assessment against the courses they have taken. This feature is known as the “What-If” Analysis. It provides an opportunity to see the influence that any potential change(s) may have on a projected completion date.

Launch Degree Works (Requires PSU Username/Password)

Need help with Degree Works?

Contact PSU-DegreeInfo@plymouth.edu

Degrees and certificates are awarded and the student receives a diploma or certificate only after the Registrar’s office has certified successful completion of all degree and institutional requirements.

Plymouth State University awards degrees and certificates five times per year: January, May, June (graduate students only), August, and December.  After all degree/certificate and institutional requirements have been satisfied, degrees/certificates will be awarded at the next available date.  Conferral dates coincide with the last date of the term except for January and June, which will be January 31st and June 30th.

Bachelor's Candidates

Students who are nearing completion of their degree need to file a Graduation Application.  Students who are completing a certificate will have both programs audited for the same completion date.

Plymouth State University graduates students and prints undergraduate diplomas/certificates four times per year— January, May, August and December.  After all degree and institutional requirements have been satisfied, degrees/certificates will be awarded at the next available date.  Conferral dates coincide with the last date of the term except for January, which will be January 31st.

Graduation Applications due dates:

  • December 2019 Degree Conferral Date – no later than September 30, 2019
  • January 2020 Degree Conferral Date – no later than October 31, 2019
  • May 2020 Degree Conferral Date – no later than February 7, 2020*
  • August 2020 Degree Conferral Date – no later than May 31, 2020
  • December 2020 Degree Conferral Date – no later than September 30, 2020

For a past conferral date, applications should be submitted as soon as possible. All degree/certificate requirements must be completed before the degree/certificate will be awarded.  Depending on the date the application is received in the registrar’s office, the student may be able to participate in an upcoming May Commencement Ceremony.

* The February deadline is also the deadline for Commencement participation.

Previous degree audits for readmitted students are no longer valid; a new audit will be conducted when a student files a new Graduation Application. The official degree audit of a student who does not graduate expires when that student’s catalog expired. The academic student advocate and policy support, the registrar, and the chair of the major department will consider appeals for an exception to this policy.

Students Apply to Graduate via their myPlymouth account.  A Graduation Application form is also available on the web or from the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Requirements

All students are responsible for meeting the academic standards established for the course of study in which they are enrolled. These standards are the only basis for evaluating students’ academic performance. Students are responsible for completing all work required for graduation and scheduling all necessary courses.

Students have the personal responsibility for making sure that, by graduation time, they meet the General Education, major field, grade point average (cumulative, major/minor), and total credit hour requirements defined by the University and their major.

Major, Minor and Certificate Grade Point Averages

All students must earn a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in their major by the time of graduation. Some programs stipulate a higher major grade point average that must be earned in the main academic discipline of the major program. A student’s major grade point average will be based on all specific courses listed as required (except EN 1200 and EN 1400), any other courses elected beyond the required minimum number from an identified group, plus any others in the central discipline which are elected.

Some majors also require a minimum discipline grade point average.

Students must earn at least a 2.00 grade point average in their minor. Once exception is the Pre-Law minor, which requires a 3.00 grade point average.

Students must earn at least a 2.00 grade point average in their certificate.

Degree Completion

To complete degree requirements at Plymouth State University, students need to do the following:

  • complete all General Education requirements
  • complete the foreign language proficiency if seeking a BA degree
  • complete all degree requirements of their major
  • complete the number of credits required in their chosen degree program (minimum of 120 semester credits)
  • complete at least 30 credits of coursework at Plymouth State University
  • earn an overall cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher in all coursework
  • earn the grade point average required in the major (minimum of 2.00)
  • earn the grade point average required in the minor if a minor has been declared (minimum of 2.00)

Be sure all appropriate paperwork has been submitted to the Registrar’s Office; see degree-related forms

  • completing a major and/or option in the major: Add Academic Major; Change Academic Major; Declaration of Second Option;
  • declaring the Academic Catalog followed for the major or minor: Change Catalog
  • declaring a minor and/or a certificate: Add Academic Minor or Certificate
  • dropping a minor and/or certificate: Remove Minor/Option
  • substituting a different course for a course required in the student’s major or minor: Undergraduate Student Requests
  • transferring a course to complete a degree requirement: Undergraduate Transfer Credit Request and have official transcript sent to the Registrar
  • taking a standardized test, e.g., CLEP or DSST: have official score report sent to the Registrar

Be sure to take care of any financial obligations.

Graduation Honors

  • Bachelor degree recipients who have maintained a cumulative average of 3.75 or above for work done at Plymouth are graduated summa cum laude.
  • Bachelor and Associate degree recipients who have maintained a cumulative average of 3.50 through 3.74 for work done at Plymouth are graduated magna cum laude.
  • Bachelor degree recipients who have maintained a cumulative average of 3.25 through 3.49 for work done at Plymouth are graduated cum laude.
  • Degree candidates must have accumulated at least 45 credits at Plymouth to be eligible for graduation honors. Recognition is noted on the student’s diploma and transcript.
Masters, CAGS, Graduate Certificates and Doctoral Candidates

Graduation Application and Deadlines

Students who are nearing completion of their degree/certificate need to file a Graduation Application.

Plymouth State University graduates students and prints graduate diplomas/certificates five times per year— January, May, June, August and December.  After all degree and institutional requirements have been satisfied, degrees will be awarded at the next available date.  Conferral dates coincide with the last date of the term except for January and June, which will be January 31st and June 30th.

Graduation Applications due dates:

  • December 2019 Degree Conferral Date – no later than September 30, 2019
  • January 2020 Degree Conferral Date – no later than October 31, 2019
  • May 2020 Degree Conferral Date – no later than February 7, 2020*
  • June 2020 Degree Conferral Date – no later than March 31, 2020
  • August 2020 Degree Conferral Date – no later than May 31, 2020
  • December 2020 Degree Conferral Date – no later than September 30, 2020

For a past conferral date, applications should be submitted as soon as possible. All degree/certificate requirements must be completed before the degree will be awarded.  Depending on the date the application is received in the registrar’s office, the student may be able to participate in an upcoming May Commencement Ceremony.

* The February deadline is also the deadline for Commencement participation.

Degree Completion

To complete degree requirements at Plymouth State University, students need to do the following:

  • complete all degree requirements of their program
  • complete the number of credits required in their chosen degree program
  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for degree conferral
  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for the certificate

Be sure all appropriate paperwork has been submitted to the Registrar’s Office; see degree-related forms

Be sure to take care of any financial obligations.

Please Note: There is a distinction between having your degree awarded and participating in the Commencement Ceremony.

The degree is awarded and the student receives a diploma only after the Registrar’s office has certified successful completion of all degree and institutional requirements.  Participating in the Commencement Ceremony is the act of honoring and celebrating academic achievement.  The Commencement Ceremony is held once a year in May.

Plymouth State University awards degrees five times per year: January, May, June (graduate students only), August, and December.  After all degree and institutional requirements have been satisfied, degrees will be awarded at the next available date.  Conferral dates coincide with the last date of the term except for January and June, which will be January 31st and June 30th.

Bachelor's Candidates

Students’ eligibility to participate (walk) in the Commencement ceremony is evaluated separately from the completion of their degree requirements. Students may participate in a Commencement ceremony only once for a specific degree. Their name will be printed in the Commencement program the same year they participate.  Students may choose to participate in an upcoming Commencement ceremony, knowing that they have not completed all degree requirements, as long as they meet the participation criteria.  Students may choose, as an alternative, to wait to participate the year they complete their degree requirements.

All active matriculated (degree-seeking) undergraduate students with at least 105 credits earned as of February 8th of the spring preceding the baccalaureate commencement ceremony are eligible to walk.

These students must file a Graduation Application by February 8th indicating whether they wish to participate in the ceremony.  Undergraduate students with less than 105 credits earned as of February 8th who wish to participate in the ceremony may appeal by filing a Graduation Application and submitting a dated letter or email to the Registrar no later than February 22nd. Appeals are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Approval of appeals is based on event capacity.

Graduating students can visit plymouth.edu/commencement to access Commencement ceremony information.

Academic Honors:  Green and white tassels will distinguish honors graduates. Seniors eligible for honors will be noted on the official bookstore list and given a green and white tassel when they are issued their cap and gown. Honors listed in the Commencement program and announced at the ceremony will be based on a student’s grade point average (GPA) at the end of January of the Commencement year for students who have earned a minimum of 30 credits at PSU also by January of the Commencement year. Honors indicated on the diploma and transcript will be based on a student’s complete academic program, after all grades have been reported. Bachelor’s degree candidates must have accumulated at least 45 credits at PSU to be eligible for honors. There are three levels of honors: Summa Cum Laude: GPA of 3.75–4.00; Magna Cum Laude: GPA of 3.50–3.74; Cum Laude: GPA of 3.25–3.49

Masters, CAGS, Graduate Certificates and Doctoral Candidates

Students’ eligibility to participate (walk) in the commencement ceremony is evaluated separately from the completion of their degree requirements. Students may participate in a commencement ceremony only once for a specific degree.  Their name will be printed in the Commencement program the same year they participate.  Students may choose to participate in an upcoming Commencement ceremony, knowing that they have not completed all degree requirements, as long as they meet the participation criteria.  Students may choose, as an alternative, to wait to participate the year they complete their degree requirements.

All active matriculated (degree-seeing) students with an anticipated completion date of January, May, June, or August may walk in the May ceremony of the same year. Students must file a Graduation Application indicating whether they wish to participate in the ceremony  by February 8th. Students with an anticipated completion date in December are eligible to walk the following May.

Candidates pursuing the EdD must have defended their dissertation by April 1st of the ceremony year to be eligible for hooding at the commencement ceremony.  All revisions must be complete and the final dissertation must be on file by the end of the spring semester (see calendar for specific dates).

Certificate Candidates

Certificate candidates are not eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony

Bachelors Candidates

Students who wish to re-enter Plymouth State University as matriculated (degree-seeking) students in a subsequent semester must reapply for admission through the Office of Admissions. Students who wish to be readmitted into the Nursing or Social Work majors or a teacher education program leading to teacher certification will need to follow program guidelines in the most recent academic catalog at the time of readmission. To qualify for readmission students must meet the grade point average requirement for the total credits attempted as indicated in the Academic Standing section of the University Academic Catalog

Students who have withdrawn from the University or who have been withdrawn by the University, and who wish to complete their degree program without taking further classes at PSU, should contact a degree auditor to be reactivated for graduation. The auditor will send a Graduate Application, but students who will not be placed on the graduation file until the Graduation Application is received and approved by an auditor. Students reactivated for graduation only are not readmitted to take classes at the University. Those wishing to resume undergraduate coursework at PSU must apply for readmission through the Office of Admissions.

Degree auditors are located in the Registrar’s Office in Speare 115.
Phone: (603)535-2345
Fax: (603)535-2724
PSU-DegreeInfo@plymouth.edu

Masters, CAGS, and Doctoral Candidates

Withdrawn students who wish to re-enter Plymouth State University as matriculated (degree-seeking) students to finish a course requirement at PSU must reapply for admission through the Office of Admissions. To qualify for readmission, students must be in good Academic Standing.

Withdrawn students who wish to complete their degree program without taking further classes at PSU, should contact a degree auditor to be reactivated for graduation as well as file a degree application. Students reactivated for graduation only are not readmitted to take classes at the University.

Degree auditors are located in the Registrar’s Office in Speare 115.
Phone: (603)535-2345
Fax: (603)535-2724
PSU-DegreeInfo@plymouth.edu

Bachelors Candidates

Students who are completing their final coursework at another college or university should be in contact a degree auditor regarding their plans and should file a Graduation Application by the deadline. Students must have all degree requirements completed, including transfer credit approvals and receipt of official transcripts as well as standardized test scores (e.g., CLEP, DSST)

  • by February 28th if they have applied for a January diploma
  • by June 30th if they have applied for a May diploma or
  • by September 30th if they have applied for an August diploma or
  • by January 30th if they have applied for a December diploma

Degree auditors are located in the Registrar’s Office in Speare 115.
Phone: (603)535-2345
Fax: (603)535-2724
PSU-DegreeInfo@plymouth.edu

Masters, CAGS, and Doctoral Candidates

Students who are completing their final coursework at another college or university should be in contact a degree auditor regarding their plans and should file a Graduation Application by the deadline. Students must have all degree requirements completed, including transfer credit approvals and receipt of official transcripts no more than 30 days after the anticipated degree award date.

Degree auditors are located in the Registrar’s Office in Speare 115.
Phone: (603)535-2345
Fax: (603)535-2724
PSU-DegreeInfo@plymouth.edu