Graduation Requirements

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that all requirements for graduation have been met.

Baccalaureate degrees in the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business Administration, and the School of Music are conferred upon completion of the prescribed academic program requirements and upon approval of candidates by the faculty. The University reserves the right to withhold a degree from any candidate if, in the opinion of the appropriate faculty, concrete evidence exists to indicate that the candidate’s character or actions are incompatible with the purpose and ideals of the University.

University Requirements

The following are requirements which must be met for all Schools and College:

  1. Each degree candidate must complete a General Education program of study.
  2. Each degree candidate must offer a major and must have a C (2.0) average in that major. A 2.0 cumulative average, in all courses, is also required.
  3. Each degree candidate must complete 32 units (128 credits) or more.
  4. At least 50% of credits for Stetson’s traditional bachelors degrees must be completed through Stetson courses.
  5. The last year of academic work (two full-time semesters fall/spring or spring/fall), must be completed at Stetson University.
  6. Degrees are conferred upon students who have met all requirements for a major, even if work on another major is still in progress.
  7. Students may transfer in no more than 64 credits (16 units) towards their Program of study.
  8. Students must complete a total of 24 Cultural Event Credits.
  9. A student who fails to complete the degree within six years of matriculation may be required to satisfy new requirements in the current Catalog.
  10. Credit earned more than 10 years prior to degree completion is subject to review and may not count toward the degree.
  11. Course Substitutions - Under rare circumstances, students may request that a course requirement be fulfilled via another Stetson course (known as a course substitution). All such requests must be approved by the Chair of the department or program through which the major is administered and by the academic Dean. Students hoping to transfer in outside courses to substitute for Stetson course credit must follow the policies designed for the transfer of credits.
  12. A student who wishes to receive an additional undergraduate degree should contact the University Registrar for the requirements.
  13. Double Majors - Students wishing to work toward a double major are expected to fulfill the requirements for each major. Where major requirements such as the senior project may be sufficiently similar, students may seek accommodation to register for and complete a single senior project that includes work appropriate for both major fields and meets the requirement for both majors.

Awarding of Degree and Commencement

Participation in Commencement

Commencement ceremonies are held once a year in May.  The ceremonies are a celebration of student achievement.  The guidelines for participating in Commencement are as follows:

  • Application for Graduation - Undergraduate degree candidates are required to file an application for graduation in the Office of the Registrar, no later than the graduation application deadline within the semester in which they expect to complete their degree requirements. Upon receipt of the Application for Graduation, a fee in the amount of $100.00 is applied to the student’s account. A late fee in the amount of $100.00 will be assessed for students who do not apply by the application date deadline (see the Academic Calendar for the exact date). Caps, gowns, announcements and accessories for graduation commencement are ordered through the University Bookstore. Graduates are required to be present for Commencement unless authorized to graduate “In Absentia” by the Registrar.
  • Undergraduate candidates must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA and a major area GPA of 2.0 for all courses completed prior to commencement.
  • Undergraduate candidates must have completed all academic degree requirements.
    • A student who is within two units from completing the degree may participate in commencement. Participation in the ceremony does not imply that the student has completed a course of study. No degree is awarded until such completion of all degree requirements. No honors will be awarded at commencement for those without all requirements completed. All Cultural Credits must be completed to participate in Commencement.
  • Candidates must be in good financial standing with the University by the first day of final exams for the spring semester.
  • Candidates must apply to graduate with the Registrar's Office.  The Registrar determines eligibility to participate in commencement and will hear any appeals. Please review the Academic Calendar for application deadlines.