Office of the University Registrar

Graduation Information

All students are required to complete a graduation application well in advance of their projected graduation date. Students should consult their college advising offices before submitting their application. Undergraduate students must obtain an application form from their college advising office. Graduate students can obtain an application form from All-in-1 (MC116). Application deadlines are as follows:

 

Expected Graduating Semester Deadline for Graduates/Undergraduates Deadline for Law Students
Fall Semester April 14 May 16
Spring Semester September 9
Undergraduate deadline extended to September 30 (Spring 2015 only)
September 15
Summer Semester February 1 February 1

It takes ten to twelve weeks to complete initial processing of the application. When completed, you will receive a copy of the application with comments and adjustments noted. Please check it carefully for approval and/or adjustments. If you do not receive anything back after the ten to twelve week period, contact the Office of the University Registrar.

Undergraduate Applicants

Follow the instructions attached to the application form carefully. Direct any questions concerning the university and college requirements to your college advising office. Direct questions relating to major/minor requirements to the respective department office.

To prevent delays in processing, include any copies of petitions or waivers with your application. The college advising office for college requirements,or department advisor for major/minor requirements must approve any changes in the courses you listed on your application. Please use the Authorization to Substitute Course(s) Required for Graduation form.

Incomplete Grades: If an Incomplete grade (I) is received in your final semester, your date of graduation will be the end of the semester in which the instructor submits the grade change to the Office of University Registrar. You must notify the Office of the University Registrar of any change of grade made to a pending Incomplete (I) if that grade change completes your degree requirements.

Graduate Applicants

Graduate students can pick up application forms from All-in-1 (MC 116). You must have degree seeking status to be able to file your application.

Incomplete Grades: If an Incomplete grade (I) is received in your final semester, your date of graduation will be the end of the semester in which the instructor submits the grade change to the Office of University Registrar. You must notify the Office of the University Registrar of any change of grade made to a pending Incomplete (I) if that grade change completes your degree requirements.

Law Applicants

Graduation Application forms are available online and from the College of Law. Any questions regarding the status of your application should be referred to the College of Law Records Officer.

Diplomas

Following a final audit of your academic record and verification of the successful completion of all degree requirements, the Office of the University Registrar will mail your diploma to the address on file with the University approximately four weeks following Commencement. You are strongly encouraged to verify the accuracy of your name and current mailing address through CampusNet. Please make any necessary address changes online. Your name will appear on your diploma and in the commencement program exactly as it is on the student database. Diplomas are not mailed to students who have a financial hold on their student account. Such holds must be resolved with the Office of Treasury Services before the diploma will be released.

Diploma Name Policy

Your name and degree being received will appear on your diploma, on your official transcript and in the commencement program exactly as it is in the university's database. Please verify the accuracy of your name and degree/major/minor information on CampusNet. If there is an error, name changes can be made by completing the Change of Student Information form. Major/minor changes can be made by contacting your advisor. Your advisor will communicate the request for change to the Office of the University Registrar.

Continued Enrollment after Graduation

If you wish to continue taking classes at Cleveland State University after you have completed your degree requirements, you MUST be admitted to a new program. Should you register for courses in a term that follows your graduation date without being admitted to a new program, you risk having those classes dropped or the posting of your degree delayed. You will be notified in the event your classes are dropped.

Graduation Honors

Undergraduate students who have earned at least 30 credit hours (excluding alternative credit) in residence at Cleveland State University and who have earned a cumulative grade point average between 3.30 and 4.00 (calculated to two decimal places unrounded) are eligible to graduate with the following honors:

  • 3.30-3.59 Cum Laude
  • 3.60-3.79 Magna Cum Laude
  • 3.80-4.00 Summa Cum Laude

University Valedictorian

For each commencement, a Valedictorian will be selected from the graduating class by a committee comprised of representatives from each college. The Valedictorian will be a student demonstrating outstanding academic qualifications and achievements in or contributions to the university or wider community. The successful candidate will deliver the valedictory speech at the commencement ceremony.

Candidates must have completed a minimum of 60 credits in-residence at Cleveland State University and attained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.8 to be considered for Valedictorian selection.

Candidates seeking Valedictorian candidacy may petition their major department, presenting a summary of their qualifications and achievements. All nominations must be finalized by the middle of the spring (for spring graduates) and fall (for summer and fall graduates) semesters. The successful candidate is typically notified no later than 2 weeks prior to commencement.

Commencement

The commencement ceremonies will be held in May and December. In order to participate in the commencement ceremony, a student must have completed or be currently attending all courses necessary to satisfy degree requirements. If you finish your requirements during Summer semester or Fall semester, you are eligible to participate in the December commencement ceremony. Students finishing in the Spring semester are eligible to participate in the May commencement ceremony only. Any exception must be approved by the Dean of the College in which the student intends to graduate. Please visit the Commencement website for more information.

Cleveland State University 's policy statement pertaining to international students wishing to attend the commencement ceremonies is as follows:

"Cleveland State University is unable to send letters to foreign embassies asking that citizens of their country be provided with visas so that they may attend commencement ceremonies at CSU. We encourage such citizens to use the mechanisms already available to them in their countries to request a visa to visit the United States."