Graduation, Honors, and Recognition

Application for Graduation Processing Dates and Procedures

Commencement

Contains information on caps and gowns, 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 Latin Honors

Candidates for bachelor’s degrees who demonstrate high levels of scholarship throughout their undergraduate years will graduate with Latin honors. To graduate with this recognition at Kent State University, students must achieve one of the following criteria:

  • Earn a minimum 60 credit hours at Kent State and earn a minimum 3.500 Kent State GPA; or
  • Earn at least 30 but fewer than 60 credit hours at Kent State and earn a minimum 3.500 Kent State GPA and earn a minimum 3.500 transfer GPA

There are three levels of Latin honors at graduation with a bachelor’s degree:

  • Cum Laude — Student has earned a Kent State GPA of 3.500 to 3.699.
  • Magna Cum Laude — Student has earned a Kent State GPA of 3.700 to 3.899.
  • Summa Cum Laude  — Student has earned a Kent State GPA of 3.900 to 4.000.

The Kent State GPA for determining Latin honors is calculated from all grades earned in undergraduate courses at Kent State University, including original grades forgiven and/or recalculated under other policies. The transfer GPA is calculated from all grades earned in undergraduate transfer courses that were awarded college credit by Kent State and completed prior to the student’s most recent admission to Kent State. The GPA for both is extended to three decimal places and not rounded up.

Because grades in courses taken in the student’s final term are not official until after commencement, Latin honors candidates will be recognized at the commencement ceremony based on all their Kent State academic work completed prior to those courses. However, the final term grades will be used in determining honors posted to the transcript and the diploma. Honor citations are inscribed on diplomas as follows: cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude.

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

Click on View Latin Honors GPA in the Student Category / Resources Page / Grades and Transcripts to view your eligibility.

Graduation with Latin Honors - Bachelor's Degrees FAQs

Graduation with distinction-associate degrees

Candidates for associate degrees who demonstrate high levels of scholarship throughout their coursework will graduate “with distinction.” To graduate with this recognition, students must achieve the following criteria:

  • Earn a minimum 30 credit hours at Kent State University, and
  • Earn a minimum 3.500 Kent State University GPA

A Kent State GPA is calculated from all grades earned in undergraduate courses at Kent State University, including original grades forgiven and/or recalculated under other policies. The GPA used to determine the “with distinction” designation is extended to three decimal places and not rounded up.

Because grades in courses taken in the student’s graduation term are not official until after commencement, distinction candidates will be recognized at the commencement ceremony based on all their Kent State academic work completed prior to those courses. However, the final term grades will be used in determining the “graduated with distinction” recognition posted to the transcript and the diploma.

Graduation with Distinction - Associate Degrees FAQs

HONOR CORDS

All Fall2019 institutional honors candidates may pick up their honor cords at the One Stop for Student Services, First Floor, University Library (Kent Campus), during the hours of 9AM to 5PM from Monday, October 28, 2019 to Friday, December 13, 2019.  Students may only pick up their honor cords with proper photo identification such as a Kent State University ID, a driver’s license or state ID, military ID or passport. For further information, please contact the One Stop for Student Services at onestop@kent.edu or at 330-672-6000 or via the Contact Us button on their website www.kent.edu/onestop.

Posting of Degrees

Degrees are posted to students' permanent academic records approximately thirty days following the effective date of graduation.

All Fall 2019 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 9AM to 12PM Saturday, January 25, 2020 and 8AM to 6PM from Monday, January 27, to Wednesday, January 29, 2020.  Any remaining diplomas will be mailed on Thursday, January 30, 2020, 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.