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CWUP 5-90-040 Graduation Requirements for Bachelor's Degrees

Students are eligible for award of a bachelor's degree if they fulfill the following requirements established by the faculty:

5-90-040(1)Application for Graduation
5-90-040(2)Commencement Participation
5-90-040(3)Concurrent Baccalaureate Degrees
5-90-040(5)Degree Components
5-90-040(6)Foreign Language
5-90-040(7)Graduation with Distinction
5-90-040(8)Other Distinctions
5-90-040(9)Professional Education
5-90-040(10)Scholastic Requirements for Graduation
5-90-040(11)Second Baccalaureate Degree


CWUP 5-90-040(1) Application for Graduation

(A) Application for the bachelor's degree must be filed one quarter prior to the quarter at the end of which the student expects to graduate.

(B) Exceptions to university graduation requirements must be petitioned to the registrar. Approval of exceptions must be obtained from the general education committee, department or program chair, and responsible dean where appropriate.


CWUP 5-90-040(2) Commencement Participation

(A) 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 may participate in the spring graduation ceremony.

(B) Students must submit to the registrar, a commencement participation form prior to the published commencement participation deadline.

(C) Students anticipating graduation the summer quarter following commencement exercises may participate in the graduation ceremony on a space available basis.

(D) 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 spring quarter deadline. Published acknowledgment of the degree will not take place until the degree is conferred.

(E) All honors recognition for summer quarter candidates will be published the following spring.

(F) Students participating in commencement exercises must wear commencement regalia approved by the registrar.

(G) Exceptions to commencement procedures are approved by the registrar.


CWUP 5-90-040(3) Concurrent Baccalaureate Degrees

(A) A student may be awarded more than one baccalaureate degree (B.A., B.A. Ed., B.F.A., B.MUS, B.S.) at the same time provided that requirements of both the degree programs have been completed.

(B) Double majors within the same baccalaureate program do not constitute separate baccalaureate degrees.

(C) In disciplines offering multiple baccalaureate degrees with identical or similar names, e.g., B.A. and B.S. in Biology, only one degree will be awarded. Exceptions to this policy require approval by the department chair and the appropriate dean.


CWUP 5-90-040(4) Credits

(A) A minimum of 180 quarter credits is required. Students who have accumulated more than 210 credits will be notified prior to registration that they must submit graduation applications or develop graduation plans or a hold will be placed on their registration. Students must develop graduation plans working with an academic advisor. Individual plans must be approved both by the advisor and the major department chair and submitted to the registrar before this hold can be removed.

(B) A minimum of 60 credits of upper division study (courses numbered 300 and 400) is required. Students must study on the university campus or at an established university center at least three quarters and earn a minimum of 45 credits.

(C) Credits earned through industrial or military experience or through credit by examination may not be used to meet residency requirements.

(D) Transfer students must earn from CWU a minimum of 10 credits in the major and, if a minor is declared, 10 credits in the minor.

(E) Students who have accumulated 210 credits or more and intend to complete a double major or double degree, and have not yet completed either program, must meet with both department advisors and submit one graduation plan signed by both department chairs and both major advisors to the registrar. This also applies to double majors in different colleges. If one major has been completed, only the advisor and the department chair for the uncompleted major need to review and sign the petition.

(F) Students who have accumulated 210 credits or more and intend to include one or more minors in their academic plan are required to obtain the approvals of their major and minor advisor.


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CWUP 5-90-040(5) Degree Components

(A) The general education program must be completed as defined in the university catalog.

(B) Students transferring from Washington state community colleges holding the appropriate academic transfer associate degree will have met the general education program requirements.

(C) Completion of all requirements for a major as specified by the appropriate department is required.

(D) Exceptions in majors, minors, and teacher preparation programs must be approved by the appropriate department chair and school dean or designee.

(E) Completion of a minor is required when the major contains fewer than 60 credits. In that case the total credits of major and minor must total to at least 60 credits.

(F) Successful demonstration of writing and computational skills is required for graduation.


CWUP 5-90-040(6) Foreign Language

The Basic Skills Requirement of the University General Education Policy requires that students have either completed two years of the same foreign language, Native American language, or American Sign Language in high school, or one year of college-level foreign language. If this requirement was completed prior to enrollment at the University, the student must submit official transcripts to the Office of Admissions.

If foreign language has not been satisfied prior to enrollment at CWU, then the student must take one year of foreign language before graduating from the University.

(A) Students seeking the bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree. And who fulfilled the University general education requirements with a DTA Associates degree must show evidence of completion of the foreign language Basic Skills requirement prior to graduation.

(B) Foreign language requirements for any other baccalaureate degree are designated by the individual major or degree program.

(C) Students seeking an exception to CWUP 5-90-040, may satisfy the foreign language exit requirement by passing the CLEP test or passing a foreign language course challenge exam. The foreign language requirement may, under special circumstances, be fulfilled in alternate ways as determined and approved by the chair of the Department of Foreign Languages or designee, in consultation with the Registrar.


CWUP 5-90-040(7) Graduation with Distinction

Baccalaureate honors are awarded to recipients of a first bachelor's degree according to the following standards:

3.5 to 3.69 - cum laude
3.7 to 3.89 - magna cum laude
3.9 to 4.00 - summa cum laude

Cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude will be noted on the recipient's diploma and university transcript.


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CWUP 5-90-040(8) Other Distinctions

(A) President's Scholars: President's scholars are those students who, in the current academic year, have cumulative GPA's in the top 1% of their respective school or college class. GPA is calculated by existing university policy.

(B) Dean's Scholars: Dean's scholars are those students who, in the current academic year, have cumulative GPA's in the top 5% of their respective school or college class (but not including the top 1%). GPA is calculated by existing university policy. Individual study majors are computed in the college of arts and humanities.

(C) The following conditions must be met in order to be considered for graduation with distinction:

1. At least seventy-five (75) of the credits required for the degree must be earned at CWU with a minimum of 60 credits in courses taken on the A-F graded basis.
2. Credits earned by course challenge, CLEP and other national examinations, military experiences or courses, non-college courses and industrial experience will not be allowed toward the 75 credits required for eligibility.
3. Honors shall be based on the GPA of all credits earned at Central as well as transfer credits accepted by CWU.

(D) The registrar will calculate the top percentage for declared graduates based on the end of winter quarter data. Final determination of honors will be made after spring quarter graduation when all grades are recorded.

(E) 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.


CWUP 5-90-040(9) Professional Education

All professional education programs require completion of professional education courses in addition to completion of major requirements.


CWUP 5-90-040(10) Scholastic Requirements for Graduation

(A) Graduation and graduation with honors are based on credits and grade-point averages earned at the time the degree is awarded.

(B) Changes in grades made after the award of the degree have no effect on the degree.

(C) In order to graduate, students must have achieved a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.0 (C) in courses taken at CWU.

(D)Students must also have achieved a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.25 in the major and 2.00 in the minor field of study. All courses fulfilling the major and minor requirements, including courses accepted in transfer, are used in computing the major and minor grade point average.

(E) Specific degree and professional certification programs may have more stringent degree requirements than those specified above.


CWUP 5-90-040(11) Second Baccalaureate Degree

(A) Qualified students seeking second baccalaureate degrees are admitted to graduate status; this does not mean, however, that they are enrolled in an "advanced degree program."

(B) 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.

(C) 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.

(D) Second baccalaureate degree students follow regulations applicable to undergraduates.


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