Requirements for Graduation
To be eligible for graduation, a student must:
- Be admitted as a degree-seeking student. Special Visiting students are not eligible to earn a degree.
- Complete the online Declaration of Major form and submit it to the appropriate department for approval prior to the graduation term. Pre-major students and students who have not declared a major cannot earn a degree.
- Complete all requirements of the major degree program, to include the University Core, the minimum number of earned credit hours, and the minimum cumulative GPA required for the degree program. No student will be awarded a degree without having earned at least 120 hours and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. Some programs require a higher GPA and additional hours. See degree program information for specific requirements.
- Complete a minimum of 25% of the total earned credit hours required for the degree program curriculum in residence at Fayetteville State University. Depending on the degree program, the minimum requirement will range from 30 to 33 hours.
- Earn the minimum required Grade Point Average for courses in the major. Some programs require a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the major, while others require a minimum grade of "C" in all major courses. See degree program for specific requirements.
- Complete the Graduating Senior Assessment (see Examinations and Assessments)
Students must check their official FSU student email account on a regular basis for updates on their graduation status. Students must maintain contact with their academic department and/or advisor to ensure that all necessary documents are completed and all graduation requirements are met. Requirements are considered complete only when appropriate documentation is received by the Office of the Registrar.
Students are subject to the institutional regulations in effect when they apply for graduation. Changes in institutional regulations may change the graduation requirements specified above. Hence, students are encouraged to know the institutional regulations in effect at the time of their anticipated graduation. Once a degree is conferred, the academic record is closed and therefore no changes may be made relevant to that particular program.
Students can begin to request official transcripts through their online Banner account four weeks after the commencement ceremony. Diplomas will be mailed to students four weeks after the commencement ceremony. Students must satisfy all financial obligations to the university and complete the financial aid exit interview, if applicable, to receive a diploma and/or transcript.
Summer Graduation Policy
Students who meet the following criteria may participate in the May Commencement with the understanding that they are expected to complete their graduation requirements over the subsequent summer terms:
- Candidates with at most nine (9) hours remaining toward the completion of their degree requirements. Students must meet the criteria for enrolling in nine hours for a single summer session or submit the completed Course Overload form to the Office of the Registrar
- Candidates must register for summer courses needed to complete degree requirements
- Candidates who can complete requirements at another institution, due to courses not offered at FSU, must have the approved Pursing Courses form on file in the Office of the Registrar
Diplomas and transcripts for students who complete requirements in the summer will indicate the date at end of the summer term the student completes requirements.
This option is only available for May commencement.