Graduation Policies

Applying for PWSC Graduation

You, the student, are responsible for meeting all PWSC requirements for graduating. It’s encouraged that you meet periodically with an advisor to be sure all degree requirements are being met. In order to graduate, a graduation application must be filed with Student Affairs by the published deadline listed in the Academic Calendar. In order to be certain that your degree program requirements can be completed, you should apply for graduation the semester prior to your expected date of graduation.

A $20 graduation fee will be applied when you submit your PWSC graduation application.

Graduating with Honors

If you are a transfer student who is earning an associate’s degree, you must complete a minimum of 15 resident credits with academic letter grades to be eligible to graduate with honors. If you are a transfer student who is earning a baccalaureate degree, you must complete a minimum of 30 resident credits with academic letter grades to be eligible to graduate with honors. All transfer students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher in all college work attempted both at PWSC/UAA and at all other institutions attended and for all courses used to fulfill the degree program in order to graduate with honors.

At PWSC/UAA, graduation with honors represents your entire academic history. All grades and credits earned will be included in determining eligibility to graduate with honors (Ds, Fs, retaken courses, courses lost in academic bankruptcy, etc.). In addition, if you’re transferring coursework and grades from an international institution, you must have a minimum of 70% of your coursework submitted with letter grades to be eligible to graduate with honors.

If you’re a student who will complete certificate or degree requirements in the summer, fall or spring semesters, you will be invited to participate in commencement ceremonies in May. You will only be eligible to wear honor cords and be recognized in the commencement program as receiving university honors if your overall GPA at the end of the preceding semester is 3.5 or above. If you earn university honors after your final grades are submitted, you will have honors displayed on your diploma and academic transcript and may request an honor cord with your diploma.

Please note: The GPA on your transcript is not your final GPA for honors.

Honors are awarded to associate and bachelor degree students with cumulative GPAs as follows:

Cum Laude 3.5 - 3.79
Magna Cum Laude 3.8 - 3.99
Suma Cum Laude 4.00

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