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The College of Saint Elizabeth 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 will be held at the Mennen Sports Arena and the Baccalaureate Masses are held on campus at the Holy Family Chapel on Friday prior to the Commencement ceremony.
Commencement practice is typically held the Thursday prior to Commencement, the Baccalaureate Masses are held on Friday the day before Commencement, and this year's Commencement will be on Saturday, May 12, 2018.
A meeting will be held in September for all senior students in the Undergraduate Programs to discuss graduation information. Important information regarding the specifications are sent to the graduates in February.
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 below) and submit it to the Registrar's Office declaring their intent to complete their degree.
During the Commencement Ceremony in May, as each candidate's name is announced, they will approach the platform and shake hands with the President, General Superior, and Sister of Charity Chairperson of the College's Board of Trustees. 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 Advisor(s) and Graduate students by their Program Director(s) – to determine if all program requirements have been met. The student will be apprised of the results of this audit.
Each student is entitled to one official transcript of their 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 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.
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Each division of the College (Undergraduate, 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.
The Dean's List for full-time matriculated students is issued at the close of each semester (fall and spring). The Dean's List for part-time students is issued once at the end of the academic year.
To be eligible for the Dean's List, full-time students must successfully complete a minimum of 12 credits (excluding credits taken in pass/fail courses and audited courses) during the eligible semester with a minimum semester grade point average of 3.50. Courses which the student elects to take on a pass/fail basis are also excluded from credit calculation. Students with grades of Incomplete (I), No Credit (NC), and/or Failure (F) are not eligible for the Dean's List.
Part-time students must accumulate a minimum of 15 credits (excluding credits taken in pass/fail courses and audited courses) during an academic year, beginning with the fall semester and ending with the summer sessions, and must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.50. Students with grades of Incomplete (I) and/or Failure (F) are not eligible for the Dean's List.
Transfer credits and/or College of Saint Elizabeth Intersession courses are excluded from the determination of eligibility for the Dean's List.
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/i Association of the College of Saint Elizabeth, is conferred each year on a senior who has demonstrated general excellence by their scholarship, leadership and high moral character. This is the only student award given at Commencement.
Graduate students do not receive graduation honors.