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USF 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog - Pages 59 - 60

Application for Graduation

In order to graduate, a student must submit an application for the bachelor’s degree, graduate degree, or Associate of Arts certificate to the Office of the Registrar. This application must be submitted in the term of expected graduation by the deadline noted in the academic calendar. If a student applies for graduation and is not approved, a new application for degree must be submitted by the deadline in a new term. In order for the degree statement to appear on a student’s academic record, the student must file the aforementioned application whether or not participation in the commencement ceremony is desired.

The application for the bachelor’s degree is available from the student’s college advising office. The application for a graduate degree is available from the Office of the Registrar or the student’s college advising office. The application for an Associate of Arts degree is available from the Center for Academic Advising in Academic Support and Achievement.

The application must first be certified (signed or stamped in the section, “Office Use Only”) by the student’s college (Center for Academic Advising for the A.A. certificate). The college retains one copy, and the student must submit the remaining copies to the Office of the Registrar prior to the graduation application deadline. Inquiries concerning approval or denial of graduation should be made to the appropriate college or to the Center for Academic Advising in Academic Support and Achievement.

It is the student’s responsibility to clear all “I” grades (incompletes) in courses required for graduation and to provide official transcripts of all transferred course work needed for graduation at least 3 weeks prior to the end of the term in which he/she expects to graduate.

A student applying for a second undergraduate major must do so within the same deadline set for applying for a degree.

A student applying for a minor must:

  1. File a separate request for certification for the minor in the department of the minor during the semester of graduation;
  2. Apply for the minor on the “Application for Degree,” listing both the minor and college responsible for the minor on the application; and
  3. Have no “I” grade in required courses.

For purposes of honors recognition at the ceremony, students must have a 3.50 GPA before the term in which they plan to graduate to have honors recognized publicly at the commencement ceremony.

Honors at Graduation

To be considered for honors at graduation, a baccalaureate candidate must have completed at least 40 credits of graded coursework at USF and have earned a grade point average of 3.50 or higher for all graded coursework attempted at USF. In addition, to be eligible for honors, transfer students and USF students who have postsecondary work elsewhere must have an overall GPA of 3.50 or higher counting all USF courses as well as all transferable work attempted at other institutions. The forgiveness policy at USF or other institutions and plus/minus grades awarded at other institutions will not be applicable in computing the GPA for honors.

In addition, students with a record of academic dishonesty appearing on any transcripts will not be eligible for honors at graduation.

Candidates with a USF GPA of 3.50 or higher and an overall GPA of 3.50 but below 3.70 shall receive a diploma designation of cum laude (with honor).

Candidates with a USF GPA of 3.50 or higher and an overall GPA of 3.70 but below 3.90 shall receive a diploma designation of magna cum laude (with high honor).

Candidates with a USF GPA of 3.50 or higher and an overall GPA of 3.90 or above shall receive a diploma designation of summa cum laude (with highest honor).

In addition, each dean has the option to select on the basis of exceptional achievement 1% of the college’s graduates or 1 student per semester for graduating with distinction.

NOTE: The GPA is not rounded up when determining honors at graduation (e.g., 3.69 is not the same as 3.70).

Commencement

Commencement ceremonies at USF (Tampa) are held three times a year: Fall, Spring, and Summer. To receive information regarding the commencement ceremonies, students must submit an application to graduate. Information regarding the ceremony will be mailed to the students during the term in which they should participate. If information is not received, the student should contact the Office of the Registrar. Graduate students (masters, specialists, and doctorates) will not participate in commencement exercises until all requirements for such degrees have been fulfilled.


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Effective Date: Semester I, 2004

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