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Graduation Policies and Requirements

Application for Graduation

A graduating student must file an Application for Graduation with the Office of Registrar one year prior to graduation. Those expecting to complete degree requirements in May or August must file by May 1, and those completing in December must file by December 1 of the previous year.

Graduation Requirements

For graduation a student must meet all of the following requirements:

  • maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.00

  • receive grades of C- or better in all courses required for the major and minor,

  • maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 in the major and minor, and

  • complete a minimum of 120 or 130 credits, depending on one's major.

The School of Education and Professional Studies and the School of Business may have different requirements.
For more information about the School of Education & Professional Studies, click here. For the School of Business, here.

Course Substitutions to Fulfill Graduation Requirements

Departmental chairs may approve the substitution of one course for another within the major or minor. The student should obtain the appropriate form (link below) or at the Registrar's Office in Davidson Hall, room 116. The form must be signed by the department chairs involved and the student's academic dean. Once approved, the form is forwarded to the Registrar's Office where the updates will be processed. Course Substitution Form

Residence Requirements for Degree

A minimum of 30 credits "in residence" is required for a bachelor's degree. Students transferring from any college are required to take at least 15 credits in their major field and 9 credits in their minor field at Central Connecticut State University (see exception for School of Business below). Major and minor minimums are included in the 30-credit residence requirement. "In residence" means attending classes conducted on campus or under supervision of Central Connecticut State University.

Programs in the School of Business require that at least 50% of the business credits needed for the business degree be earned and completed at Central Connecticut State University.

In no case will a degree be granted unless a student is matriculated for a minimum of one year at the time of graduation. Any student has the option of completing the program requirements in effect during the catalog year when s/he entered the program or electing to abide by any new set of program or university requirements in a subsequent catalog year while the student remains in the program. Courses that do not carry credits toward graduation: ENG 099 and MATH 099. ENG 099 and MATH 099 are three credit courses. The grade awarded will be computed into a student's GPA, but the credits will not count towards the number of credits required for graduation.

Participation in Commencement Ceremonies

Central Connecticut State University holds a Commencement ceremony in May for students who will complete their graduation requirements in the Spring or Summer. A ceremony is held after the Fall semester for students who will complete their graduation requirements in the Fall or Winter Intersession. Students must apply for graduation for the semester that they anticipate completing their final graduation requirements.

Any undergraduate student who has filed a graduation application for Spring or Summer, and whose Spring degree evaluation confirms that the student is registered to complete all degree requirements by the end of the semester that they have filed for graduation or are within six (6) credit hours of degree completion, will be allowed to participate in the Spring Commencement ceremony.

Any undergraduate student who has filed a graduation application for Fall or Winter Intersession, and whose Fall degree evaluation confirms that the student is registered to complete all degree requirements by the end of the Fall or Winter Intersession, will be allowed to participate in the Winter Commencement Ceremony.

In the case of extraordinary circumstances, such as family or health emergencies, students may appeal this policy to the Vice President for Academic Affairs or designee. The student may be required to provide supporting documentation in making such an appeal. The decision of the Vice President for Academic Affairs or designee is final.

Graduation Honors for Baccalaureate Degree

Graduation honors for the baccalaureate degree recognize high academic achievement at Central Connecticut State University as demonstrated by the following cumulative grade-point averages:

Cum laude (honors)

3.50-3.69

Magna cum laude (high honors)

3.70-3.89

Summa cum laude (highest honors) 

3.90-4.00

Effective Fall 2018 and forwardGraduation honors, which appear on both the diploma and the transcript, will be awarded only to full-time and part-time students who complete their graduation requirements with a minimum of 60 credits in residence at Central Connecticut State University and a cumulative earned grade-point average of at least 3.50. The residency requirement for honors may not be waived.

Candidates for Graduation Honors will be recognized at the Commencement ceremony.

Candidacy for Graduation Honors shall be determined by using the student's GPA and earned credit count, plus any in-progress courses, as of the commencement booklet printing deadline. Candidacy for Graduation Honors does not guarantee the award of Graduation Honors upon completion of degree requirements.

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