Students are eligible for awarding of a bachelor’s degree when they fulfill the following requirements.
Graduation and graduation with honors are based on credits and grade-point averages (GPA) earned at the time the degree is awarded. Once a degree is awarded the academic record is frozen and no grade changes may be performed. Final responsibility for meeting graduation requirements resides with the student.
Degrees are not automatically awarded when requirements are completed. It is the responsibility of the student to apply for the degree in Registrar Services. Application for the bachelor’s degree must be submitted by the second Friday of the quarter preceding the quarter in which the degree is to be completed. Complete instructions and deadlines are available in Registrar Services and through University center offices. Step-by-step instructions are available by clicking here.
Exceptions to University graduation requirements must be petitioned to the Registrar. Approval of exceptions may be obtained from the general education committee, department or program chair, and college dean where appropriate. Exceptions to majors, minors, or Teacher Certification Programs must be approved by the appropriate department chair, and college dean or designee. Final responsibility for meeting graduation requirements and deadline dates resides with the student.
Students who have met graduation requirements during the current academic year, summer through winter quarters, and those expecting to meet the requirements during the current spring quarter or upcoming summer quarter may participate in the spring commencement ceremony.
Students must complete the online commencement registration form located on the Wildcat Shop's page at http://wildcatshop.net/c-5-graduation.aspx prior to the published commencement participation deadline. Students should also review the information on the commencement website located at www.cwu.edu/commencement for the most current information on the commencement activities and procedures.
Students anticipating graduation the summer quarter following commencement exercises may participate in the commencement ceremony. Candidates for summer graduation who wish to participate in the spring commencement ceremony prior to issuance of a degree must submit an application for graduation prior to the posted deadline and complete degree requirements by the end of summer quarter. Candidates who have applied for their degree the summer following the June commencement ceremony are not eligible for honors distinction nor will their degree be published in the commencement book until the following academic year.
Students participating in commencement exercises must wear commencement regalia approved by the Registrar.
Exceptions to commencement procedures are approved by the Registrar.
The following conditions must be met in order to be considered for graduation with distinction:
Baccalaureate honors are awarded to recipients of a first bachelor’s degree according to the following standards:
Cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude will be noted on the recipient’s diploma and University transcript.
For spring quarter degree candidates, the Registrar will calculate the top percentage for the declared spring degree candidates based on the end of winter quarter data. Final determination of honors will be made after the spring quarter graduation ceremony when all grades are recorded.
Students completing degree requirements during the summer, who are permitted to participate in the preceding spring quarter commencement, will not be eligible for honors recognition until the following spring commencement ceremony.
President’s Scholars are those students who have cumulative GPA’s in the top one (1) percent of their respective college class. GPA is calculated by existing University policy.
Dean’s Scholars are those students who, in the current academic year, have cumulative GPA’s in the top five (5) percent of their respective college class (but not including the top one (1) percent). GPA is calculated by existing University policy.
NOTE: Individual Studies majors will be computed with the College of the Sciences majors.
A student may be awarded more than one baccalaureate degree (BA, BFA, BAEd, BAS, BMus, BS) at the same time provided that requirements of both the degree programs have been completed. Double majors within the same baccalaureate program do not constitute separate baccalaureate degrees.
In disciplines offering multiple baccalaureate degrees with identical or similar names, such as BA and BS in Biology, only one degree will be awarded. Exceptions to this policy require approval by the department chair and appropriate dean.
Qualified students seeking second baccalaureate degrees are admitted to post-baccalaureate status; this does not mean, however, that they are enrolled in an “advanced degree program.” To receive a second baccalaureate degree, students must complete: (1) all degree requirements not satisfied by the previous degree, and (2) a minimum of 45 quarter credits from Central.
Second baccalaureate students must be accepted into a degree or certificate program by the time they have earned 25 credits beyond their last degree. Once a degree objective has been declared, second baccalaureate students must develop graduation plans with academic advisors. Academic department chairs may grant extensions beyond the 25 credit limit. Second baccalaureate degree students follow regulations applicable to undergraduates.
Second baccalaureate degree students may request from the department that any requirements of a minor be satisfied by the initial bachelor's degree earned, provided that the requirements of the minor were completed in prior coursework.
CWU reserves the right to review a post-baccalaureate student’s transfer work to determine fulfillment of requirements.
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