The College has one commencement ceremony in May, which any student completing a degree in that academic year may participate (August grads, December grads and May grads).
The commencement ceremony and the Baccalaureate Mass are held on campus. This year's commencement practice will be held Thursday, May 16, 2013, Baccalaureate Mass will be Friday, May 17, 2013 and commencement will be Saturday, May 18, 2013.
To receive a degree, students are recommended to the Board of Trustees as degree candidates. The acquisition of candidacy status is a serious responsibility of each student who anticipates receiving a degree within the academic year. Each year undergraduate/graduate students must complete a graduation application (form can be found above)and submit it to the Registrar's Office declaring their intent to complete their degree. Therefore if you are graduating in:
August Graduation Application is due by July 15
December Graduation Application is due by October 15
May Graduation Application is due by January 15
During the Commencement Ceremony in May, as each candidate's name is announced, she/he will approach the platform and shake hands with the Bishop and the President of the College. A degree case will be handed to the student.
After the Commencement Ceremony in May, diplomas will be distributed to students whose accounts are in good standing.
August and December graduates whose accounts are in good standing will have their diplomas mailed to them via certified mail. You are welcome to come back in May and participate in the Commencement Ceremony.
Once a student has filed a degree candidacy form their records will be audited (Undergraduate students by the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Graduate students by their Course of Study Coordinators) to determine if all program requirements have been met. The student will be apprised of the results of this audit.
A meeting will be held in September for all senior students in the Undergraduate Programs to discuss graduation information. Important information is also posted throughout the year on the TV Bulletin Board. Check the TV's located throughout the campus.
Degrees are awarded with Honor to students who achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 in all academic work and High Honor to those with a 3.70. Highest Honor is given to students who achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.85. Graduation honors are computed at the completion of all credits for the degree. These honors are printed on the diploma such as:
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with High Honor
These honors are also noted on the transcript.
Departmental Honors are also awarded to undergraduate students who have attained a 3.7 grade point average in all courses in the major and who have passed the comprehensive examination with honor. Departmental Honors include all course work for the degree. These honors are announced at the commencement ceremony, but are not written on the diploma. Departmental Honors are noted on the transcript.
The Sister Hildegarde Marie Mahoney Award for Excellence, established by the Alumnae Association of the College of Saint Elizabeth, is conferred each year on a senior who has demonstrated general excellence by her scholarship, leadership and high moral character. This is the only student award given at commencement.
Graduate students do not receive graduation honors.
Each division of the College (Women's College, Adult Undergraduate and Graduate) selects a graduating student to present a speech at the commencement ceremony. Students who are interested in preparing a speech for presentation to a selection committee should contact the Dean of their program.
Each student is entitled to one official transcript of her/his college record without charge, after the degree has been recorded. For students who have completed degrees, a free official transcript certificate will be included with your diploma. This certificate, good for one year past the diploma receipt date, entitles the bearer to one complimentary copy of an official transcript. The original certificate must be presented at time of transcript request, a copy will not be accepted.
A $5.00/$10.00 fee should accompany additional requests for transcripts. A transcript will be issued for a student or former student when all financial obligations to the College have been met.