Graduation Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to petition for my degree?

What do I do if I have two majors?

What is the deadline for petitioning to graduate?

Can I submit my petition to graduate if my degree audit report shows outstanding requirements?

What is the criteria for Latin Honors?

Do I need to complete a "Candidacy petition for the bachelor's degree" form if I'm not participating in commencement?

What is the new rule for participating in commencement if I finish my degree in summer, fall or winter term?

What if my diploma name changes or address changes after I petition to graduate?

What is the process for awarding degrees?

Can my petition to graduate be denied?

When will I receive my diploma?

Can I get my diploma if I have a Hold on my account?

 

Do I need to petition for my degree?
Yes. Plese click here for more information on petitioning to graduate.

NOTE THAT THE FILING OF THIS DEGREE APPLICATION DOES NOT GUARANTEE A DEGREE WILL BE AWARDED.

What do I do if I have two majors?
Undergraduates must submit one "pre-graduation evaluation" form for each major.

What is the deadline for petitioning to graduate?

  • Fall 2018 - Friday, October 05, 2018
  • Winter 2019 - Friday, January 25, 2019
  • Spring 2019 - Friday, February 22, 2019
  • Summer 2019 - Friday, April 26, 2019

Can I submit my "pre-graduation evaluation" if my degree audit report shows outstanding requirements?
Yes. in these cases, at the time of applying, the "pre-graduation evaluation" form must address any outstanding requirements, including GPA, N grades, I grades, etc. your degree audit will be reviewed by your record analyst. It is the student's responsibility to check their degree audit in the first week of your graduating term to ensure that all requirements are met.

What are the criteria for Latin Honors?
Awarding of honors is based on all graded undergraduate courses attempted at Santa Clara University that are counted toward the fulfillment of a student's degree. Honors will not be awarded above those merited by the student's record at Santa Clara. An indication of honors at graduation contained in the commencement program is unofficial. The final determination will be made after a review of all completed undergraduate courses counted toward the degree.

  • Cum Laude - 3.500 - 3.699 GPA
  • Magna Cum Laude - 3.700 - 3.899 GPA
  • Summa cum laude - 3.900 - 4.000 GPA

Do I need to complete a "pre-graduation evaluation" form if I'm not participating in commencement?
Yes. A "pre-graduation evaluation" form must be filed by the deadline in the office of the registrar before a degree can be posted.

What is the new rule for participating in commencement if I finish my degree in summer, fall or winter term?
SCU's annual commencement ceremony takes place in June. Students may participate in June Commencement if they received their degree in preceding summer, fall, or winter quarters. 

Students who will be completing their degrees in the summer or fall quarter immediately following the June Commencement may be eligible to participate in June Commenecement. To participate in commencement, candidates for a bachelor’s degree must have completed all degree requirements (or must have 10 or fewer units to complete) and a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0 as well as in all courses in their academic major(s) and academic minor(s). Candidates must clearly demonstrate that all course work will be completed by either summer or fall immediately following June Commencement and must have completed and submitted their "pre-graduateion evaluation" form(s) to the Office of the Registrar.

What if my diploma name changes or address changes after I petition to graduate?
Click here for more information on diploma names and addresses.

What is the process for awarding degrees?
After all grades and paperwork have been submitted, the degree audit is reviewed in the Office of the Reegistrar by your record analyst. After all requirements are complete your record analyst then can post your degree. To verify that your degree has been posted, log on to eCampus and run an unofficial transcript. Diploma orders are placed only after all degrees have been posted for all degree candidates.

Can my petition to graduate be denied?
There are several factors that may lead to a degree being denied.

  • All degree requirements are not met. This includes fieldwork, course work, examinations, pathway materials, etc., which are not completed by the end of your graduating term.
  • The GPA does not fulfill stated minimum requirements. Specifically, undergraduates must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA and/or major GPA of 2.0.
  • Receiving an "N" or "I" grade

When will I receive my diploma?
Students do not receive their diplomas on the day of commencement. Rather, the diplomas will be mailed to the address provided 3-4 months after the degree completion date. 

Can I get my diploma if I have a Hold on my account?
No. Diplomas will be held at the Office of the Registrar for students who have a financial hold or student life hold until the hold is removed. It is the student's responsibility to reconcile the hold and contact the Office of the Registrar once it has been removed.