Graduation Frequently Asked Questions
- A completed "candidacy petition for the bachelor's degree" form with the required signature from your primary major department.
- A completed "pre-graduation evaluation" form or a department checklist for all majors signed by the department chair and advisor.
These forms are available at the on stop shop. Undergraduates must submit this paperwork in person to the one stop shop.
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 "candidacy petition for the bachelor's degree" form and two "pre-graduation evaluation" forms for each major. The "candidacy petition for the bachelor's degree" form must be signed by the chair of the student's primary major.
Fall 2018 - Friday, October 05, 2018
Winter 2018 - Friday, January 26, 2018
Spring 2018 - Friday, February 23, 2018
Summer 2018 - Friday, April 27, 2018
Can I submit my petition to graduate 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 "candidacy petition for the bachelor's degree" form if I'm not participating in commencement?
Yes. A "candidacy petition for the bachelor's degree" 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 commencement 2018 if they received their degree in summer 2017, fall 2017 or winter 2018.
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 either summer or fall of 2017 and must have completed and submitted a Candidacy Petition for the Bachelor’s Degree form to the Office of the Registrar.
What if my diploma name changes or address changes after I petition to graduate?
notify the office of the registrar as soon as possible. please come by the one stop shop to update your petition to graduate or email . please note that a name change may appear on the diploma but not in the commencement program if the program has already gone to print.
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 registrar 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.
- 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 on the petition form 3-4 months after the degree completion date. If your address changes after you petition to graduate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.