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Graduation Requirements

Graduation Is Not Automatic.
Students anticipating graduation MUST file a Graduation Application (whether or not they are planning on participating in the commencement ceremony) available at the Registrar’s Office or on sussex.edu. There is a fee of $50 for a single application. For multiple, simultaneous degree/certificate applications, an additional $10 for each is charged.

There are three graduation dates per year; August, January and May. Only one commencement ceremony is conducted and that is held in May. Students wishing to participate in the May ceremony must file the graduation application by March 1; however, students are strongly urged to file their application early in the preceding fall semester. Students filing in the early fall will have a documented review of their credentials and any outstanding course work to guide them through the registration process.

Graduation Requirements:
• Students are subject to the academic requirements set forth in the catalog/check sheet in use during the year they entered the College. When a student declares or changes their program/major the requirements of the program/major that are in effect at that time will apply, as set forth in the College Catalog.
• Students within 7 credits of degree completion and certificate students within one course of completion are allowed to participate in the commencement ceremony. Students receiving permission to participate in the May ceremony will become graduates upon successful completion of all program requirements.
• Degree candidates are required to satisfy all prerequisites courses.
• You must complete all required course work with no less than a cumulative 2.0 average.
• You must fulfill all graduation requirements including the Foundations for Success and the Capstone Course for their program.
• Students should check with their respective advisors or the Student Advisement Center to determine specific responsibilities.
• Students with outstanding obligations to the College will not receive grades, transcripts or a diploma until such obligations have been satisfied. Outstanding obligations may also prevent a student from registering for classes.