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Graduation Policies and Requirements
Application for Graduation
A graduating student must file an Application for Graduation with the Office of Registrar one year prior to graduation. Those expecting to complete degree requirements in May or August must file by May 1, and those completing in December must file by December 1 of the previous year.
For graduation a student must meet all of the following requirements:
- maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.00
- receive grades of C- or better in all courses required for the major and minor,
- maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 in the major and minor, and
- complete a minimum of 120 or 130 credits, depending on one's major.
The School of Education and Professional Studies and the School of Business may have different requirements. For more information about the School of Education & Professional Studies, click here. For the School of Business, here.
Course Substitutions to Fulfill Graduation Requirements
Departmental chairs may approve the substitution of one course for another within the major or minor. The student should obtain the appropriate form (link below) or at the Registrar's Office in Davidson Hall, room 116. The form must be signed by the department chairs involved and the student's academic dean. Once approved, the form is forwarded to the Registrar's Office where the updates will be processed. Course Substitution Form
Residence Requirements for Degree
A minimum of 30 credits "in residence" is required for a bachelor's degree. Students transferring from any college are required to take at least 15 credits in their major field and 9 credits in their minor field at Central Connecticut State University (see exception for School of Business below). Major and minor minimums are included in the 30-credit residence requirement. "In residence" means attending classes conducted on campus or under supervision of Central Connecticut State University.
Programs in the School of Business require that at least 50% of the business credits needed for the business degree be earned and completed at Central Connecticut State University.
In no case will a degree be granted unless a student is matriculated for a minimum of one year at the time of graduation. Any student has the option of completing the program requirements in effect during the catalog year when s/he entered the program or electing to abide by any new set of program or university requirements in a subsequent catalog year while the student remains in the program. Courses that do not Carry Credits toward Graduation: ENG 099 and MATH 099 ENG 099 and MATH 099 are three-credit courses. The grade awarded will be computed into a student's GPA, but the credits will not count towards the number of credits required for graduation.
Participation in Commencement Ceremonies
Any undergraduate student who has filed a graduation application, and whose spring semester degree evaluation confirms that the student will have completed all but nine (9) or fewer credit hours required for the degree by the following August, will be allowed to participate in Commencement ceremonies. Undergraduate students having more than nine (9) credit hours of work remaining will not normally be allowed to participate in Commencement ceremonies. However, in the case of extraordinary circumstances, such as family or health emergencies, students may appeal to the Vice President for Academic Affairs or designee. The student may be required to provide supporting documentation in making such an appeal. The decision of the Vice President for Academic Affairs or designee is final.
Graduation Honors for Baccalaureate Degree
Graduation honors for the baccalaureate degree recognize high academic achievement at Central Connecticut State University as demonstrated by the following cumulative grade-point averages:
Cum laude (honors) 3.50-3.69
Magna cum laude (high honors) 3.70-3.89
Summa cum laude (highest honors) 3.90-4.00
Candidates for Graduation Honors, who will be recognized at Commencement ceremonies, are identified at the conclusion of the regular semester that precedes their final semester prior to graduation, i.e. honors for May graduates will be based on their GPA at the end of the previous fall semester. Full-time students who have earned a minimum of 44 credits toward their graduation requirements in residence at Central Connecticut State University, or part-time students who have earned a minimum of 56 credits toward their degree in residence at CCSU, with a cumulative earned GPA of at least 3.50 are considered to be Graduation Honors candidates eligible for recognition at Commencement. Candidacy for Graduation Honors does not guarantee the award of Graduation Honors upon completion of degree requirements. Graduation honors, which appear on both the diploma and the transcript, will be awarded only to full-time and part-time students who complete their graduation requirements with a minimum of 62 credits in residence at Central Connecticut State University and a cumulative earned grade-point average of at least 3.50. The residency requirement for honors may not be waived. Students with questions regarding academic honors should consult the Academic Dean of their major.