Graduation Requirements

A student must submit an Intent to Graduate (Becker Insite) prior to the following deadlines to be audited in a timely fashion. Students should not file their intent to graduate more than TWO semesters prior to their intended graduation date.

May 1: for the following December graduation date
July 1: for the following May graduation date
December 1: for the following August graduation date

» Academic Distinction
» Associate Candidates
» Bachelor Candidates
» Dual Degrees

Intents received after a deadline may not be reviewed in time for the student to make proper course selections in subsequent semesters and, as a result, the student may be denied graduation and/or ceremony participation**. As always, the student is responsible for knowing his/her program requirements and staying on track to meet requirements for graduation. The audit resulting from an Intent should only be relied upon as a final check to determine when graduation will be conferred.

** Participation in Commencement does not imply that the student has met all degree requirements and therefore, s/he should not automatically expect a diploma.

***If you have not completed all required course work, please review the Withdrawing and Returning to Becker policy.

Academic Distinction

Honors designations for recognition at Commencement are determined using the cumulative grade point average (CGPA) earned at the end of the semester prior to the last semester of enrollment before graduation (Associate degree program – typically 3rd semester of full-time enrollment; Bachelor degree program – typically 7th semester of full-time enrollment). CGPA requirements for honors are not rounded.

Associate Candidates:

Honors: CGPA Range 3.50 – 3.69
High Honors: CGPA Range 3.70 – 3.89
Highest Honors: CGPA Range 3.90 – 4.00

Bachelor Candidates:

Cum Laude: CGPA Range 3.50-3.69
Magna Cum Laude: CGPA Range 3.70-3.89
Summa Cum Laude: CGPA Range 3.90-4.00

To graduate with a degree from Becker College, a candidate must meet the following requirements to be eligible for the appropriate degree:

A student must complete at least 50% of his/her coursework at a regionally accredited baccalaureate degree-granting institution to receive a baccalaureate degree from Becker College; approved articulation agreements may in select circumstances exceed this limit.

The student must complete at least 25% of his/her coursework at Becker College to receive a baccalaureate or associate degree from Becker College.

The student must complete the course work required and the number of semester hours specified to be awarded his/her degree with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00. The final CGPA is not rounded.

Foundations/Developmental/Preparatory courses will not transfer into Becker for credit toward graduation requirements (see course description for notation of Foundation/Developmental/Preparatory course type).

All financial obligations of the student must be successfully completed. Degrees will not be granted to any student having debts outstanding.

A student may participate in Commencement exercises if he/she reasonably expects to complete his/her outstanding program coursework — no more than one course (up to 4 credits) — is achieving a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 based on previous semester grades and is meeting all other requirements. The degree will be mailed to the student following completion of all requirements.

A student enrolled in one of the College's Accelerated and Professional Studies Programs may participate in Commencement exercises if he/she expects to complete his/her outstanding program work – no more than two (2) courses outstanding (up to 7 credits) in their core program and the registrations for the remaining courses are already completed – achieving a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 based on previous semester grades and is meeting all other requirements.

Students should apply for their degrees at the time they meet the requirements; a student applying for the associates degree at the same time the bachelors degree is awarded may only be recognized in the program for degrees and honors relevant to the period covered by that commencement. For example, an associates degree for which the student met the requirements at the end of the spring 2010 semester will not be included in the 2011 commencement, regardless of whether the student chose to be recognized in 2010 or not. However, the degree may still be awarded.

Dual Degrees:

Students may receive two Bachelor degrees only by meeting the individual requirements of BOTH degrees, and only when the second degree requires a minimum of 24 credits of additional study beyond that required for the first.

A student receiving more than one degree (i.e. both an associate’s degree and a bachelor’s degree) will only be recognized at commencement for the higher level degree. While both degrees will be printed in the program and honors for both (where applicable) will be recognized at the honors convocation, the student will “walk” with the group receiving the higher level degree and only those honors will be announced at commencement. The student who is receiving TWO degrees at the same level will have both degrees announced.

Minors will be noted on the transcript but not announced at commencement or noted in the commencement program.


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