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Commencement

Contains information on caps and gowns, honors cords, commencement announcements, the Graduation Fair and more. For further information, please contact the Coordinator of University Ceremonies at graduate@kent.edu or 330-672-2235.

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Requirements

The Kent State University Catalog is the official document of record for undergraduate and graduate programs, courses, academic polices and special programs. The graduation requirements for these degrees are outlined in the various college / school sections of the current catalog. For questions regarding your progress towards graduation please speak with your academic advisor.

Graduation with Institutional Honors

Candidates for baccalaureate degrees who demonstrate high levels of scholarship throughout their undergraduate years may graduate with institutional honors. 

Graduation with institutional honors is conferred on students who earn a baccalaureate with a grade point average (GPA) of at least:

  • 3.500 cum laude
  • 3.700 magna cum laude
  • 3.900 summa cum laude

Institutional honors are based solely on the GPA earned in all coursework taken at Kent State University, including original grades forgiven and/or recalculated under other policies. A minimum of 60 semester hours must be earned at Kent State University to qualify. For the purposes of computing the final GPA and determining honors awards, the GPA is extended to three decimal places and not rounded up. Honors are inscribed on diplomas as follows: Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude. Honors candidates will be distinguished at the commencement ceremony based on all their instructional academic work completed prior to those courses taken during their final term of enrollment.

For requirements, see the Graduation - Honors policy in the Kent State University Catalog. (From within the University Catalog navigate to Academic Policies > Graduation - Honors.)

Graduation with Instutional Honors - Bachelor's Degrees FAQs

GRADUATION WITH distinction-Associate degrees

Candidates for associate degrees who demonstrate high levels of scholarship through their coursework will graduate "with Distinction." The designation "with Distinction" is awarded when students achieve a minimum 3.500 GPA for all undergraduate coursework at Kent State University. In order for students to be considered for graduation "with Distinction" and have it inscribed on their diploma, a minimum 32 credit hours must be completed at Kent State University. The students' unadjusted GPA at the time associate degree is conferred (which should be unadjusted by the application of the academic forgiveness policy or course repeat policies) will be used in determining "with Distinction."

Graduation with Distinction - Associate Degrees FAQs

Posting of Degrees

Degrees are posted to students' permanent academic records approximately thirty days following the effective date of graduation. All December 2015 degree recipients will be able to pick up their diploma at the Office of the University Registrar, Room 108 Schwartz Center, during the hours of 8AM to 4PM from Monday, February 15, 2016 to Wednesday, February 17, 2016.  Any remaining diplomas will be mailed on February 18, 2016 to the PERMANENT or DIPLOMA address listed on the student’s FLASHLINE account.  Students may only pick up their own diploma with proper photo ID such as a Kent State University ID, a driver’s license or state ID, military ID or passport.

Please Note: The integrity of academic transcripts is fundamental to the validity of coursework and degrees certified by the University. Therefore, all student transcript entries (grades and other notations) are finalized when the pertinent degree is officially posted to the permanent academic record. Subsequent revision and alteration of any transcript entry, after the relevant degree is awarded, is permitted only for the correction of a proven error as certified by the appropriate academic dean and the registrar.

PRESIDENT’S LIST:

In recognition of an extremely high level of academic excellence, a President’s List is compiled each academic semester. To qualify, students must have a 4.000 GPA in the semester and must have completed 15 or more credit hours (all of which must have regular letter grades) by the end of that semester. This notation will be printed on students’ official transcripts.

DEAN’S LIST FOR FULL-TIME STUDENTS:

In recognition of academic excellence, a Dean’s List is compiled each academic semester. To qualify, students must have a minimum 3.400 GPA in the semester and must have completed 12 or more regular letter-graded credit hours by the end of that semester. This notation will be printed on students’ official transcripts.

DEAN’S LIST FOR PART-TIME STUDENTS:

A Dean’s List for Part-Time Students is compiled after spring semester grades are issued. To qualify, students must have a minimum 3.400 GPA in 12 or more regular letter-graded hours taken during the previous summer, fall and spring semesters. Such students must have registered for fewer than 12 hours in each of the semesters under consideration. This notation will be printed on students’ official transcripts.