Also see: Ceremony information
Graduation means earning the degree; Ceremony means participation in some or all the activities.
Most students do both.
Minimum requirements for graduation: 126 earned semester credits. Completion of all general education requirements. Completion of at least one major with a minimum 2.0 gpa. Overall minimum gpa of 2.0. No NR or Inc grades. Some majors have more rigorous requirements; please consult the college catalog or the department.
December grads are complete with their fall semester courses; May grads are complete with their spring semester courses; July grads finish with coursework in May term, June term or July term.
Communication about graduation, including notification of problems after the final term, is through the Hope e-mail account.
September: Shortly after the drop/add deadline, we send degree-seeking students with 66 or more earned credits an e-mail to their Hope account. At that time they may use the on-line form on the Registrar’s webpage to apply to graduate for the current year December, or the following year May, July or December graduation date. Even if students do not plan to be in the ceremony, they must apply to graduate to be considered for a degree and diploma.
All majors and minors should be declared by now. Those not declared (or declared when they should be undeclared) may cause delays in graduation or omission from honors consideration.
October: The normal deadline for submission of an application to graduate. Refer to the September e-mail for a specific date. Those who miss the deadline will be accommodated to the extent we are able, but may miss notices, honors consideration, etc.
November: We send Hope e-mail messages to current year applied December graduates indicating that they have not met one or more requirements for their graduation. They should examine their degree evaluation and take action to fix the problem by changing their grad date, doing paperwork for a substitution or waiver, etc.
After registration, applicants for May or July graduation should check their degree evaluations/transcripts to be sure they are meeting all the graduation requirements, including the minimum 126 earned credits, or will meet them by their grad date.
December: The Provost’s Office hosts a luncheon for the current year applied December graduates and their parents, usually during exam week. Information comes from the Provost’s office.
January: The December applicants who just graduated may expect their diplomas at their permanent address, if they owe no money to Hope. Grads may update their permanent address using the myhope account on the alumni webpage.
Deadline for December grads is January 31. That means all 126 credits must be on the record—no NR or I grades—and and the degree evaluation must say everything is met before on January 31. After the deadline, we do not check anymore. You must notify email@example.com to be considered for a future graduation date. Hope has grad dates in May, July and December.
Applied May grads should check their earned credits (126 is the minimum) and requirements to be certain that they have every requirement met. Applied July grads should be missing only the unregistered courses and credits they plan to take after spring semester, during the summer. Next December’s grads (applied and those applying next fall) should plan ahead so the coming fall coursework will complete their 126 earned credits and requirements.
February: We send lists of applied May and July grads to the major and minor departments. We begin to send Hope e-mail messages to students who have a “not met” on their degree evaluation. Everyone should be sure that their earned credits will be a minimum of 126. Credits are affected by drops, withdraws, and repeated classes.
May Ceremony? Those students planning to participate in the May ceremony should be paying attention to e-mails about verification of plans, votes, tickets, orders, etc. See the Ceremony info for more details.
March: We continue to send Hope e-mails to the May applicants urging those who are missing requirements to add classes, makes substitutions, etc. so their degree evaluation indicate they are ready to graduate after grades are posted.
April: We continue checking May and July applicants to urge them to make the needed adjustments so their degree evaluations will indicate their requirements are met.
May: Grades are due at on the Wednesday after exam week. After processing time, usually one to three days, we post the degrees to the transcripts of all whose degree evaluations are in order. We continue to graduate others as grades are entered, paperwork for substitutions is received, etc. Diplomas are generally run within 2 weeks after the grades are due, and are sent to the permanent address, unless money is owed to the college. For those not graduated in the first group, diplomas are run at about 1 month intervals. Grads may update their permanent address using the myhope account on the alumni webpage.
Note that access to your knowhopeplus account continues so you can look at your transcript for late grades, posting of degree, etc.
June: We continue to contact May applicants who have not yet graduated at their Hope email, and to send Hope e-mails to July grads whose degree evaluations are missing a requirement.
July: Deadline for May grads is July 15. That means all 126 credits must be on the record—no NR or I grades—and the degree evaluation must say everything is met before on July 15. May applicants who have not yet completed their requirements are moved to consideration as July grads.
We continue to check for graduation problems with July applicants. Grades for July term are due the Wednesday after the last day of the July term. We begin posting July degrees to the transcripts within a day or two. This could be July or August depending on that year’s calendar.
August: We continue checking, notifying and posting degrees for any July applicants not yet graduated. Diplomas are sent to the permanent address usually by mid-August, if the student has graduated and owes no money to Hope. Grads may update their permanent address using the myhope account on the alumni webpage.
Deadline for July grads is August 31. That means all 126 credits must be on the record—no NR or I grades—and the degree evaluation must say everything is met before on August 31.
After the deadline, we do not continue checking. You must notify firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered for a future graduation date. Hope has grad dates in May, July and December.