Application for Degree
The responsibility for your education ultimately rests in your own hands. Likewise, the timely completion of the paperwork associated with the award of your degree is your responsibility as well. Failure to take the required steps for application for degree may delay your graduation, even if all other graduation requirements have been completed. Students should access their program evaluation (via Web Services on the Portal) regularly to see where they stand in relation to degree completion.
Only students who are currently matriculated may graduate. Students absent from the College and not on a Leave of Absence who are seeking to complete a degree with Johnson courses must apply for readmission.
A student who anticipates completion of his/her degree requirements should file a Graduation Application through Web Services. After receiving the Graduation Application, the Registrar's Office will carry out an official degree audit. This may allow time for the student to pick up additional courses or complete outstanding paperwork during his/her last semester if necessary. In completing the degree audit, the Registrar's Office will identify where the student stands in relation to completion of degree requirements. The results of the degree audit will be given to the student and to his/her advisor. Note: A Graduation Application/Application for Degree fee will be charged to the student's account upon submission of the Graduation Application.
Conferring of Degrees
Degrees are conferred once each year in a Commencement ceremony at the end of the spring semester. Diplomas are dated August, December, or May for students completing studies in summer, fall, or spring semesters respectively. Students will receive their diplomas in the mail after completion of all degree requirements is verified by the Registrar's Office.
Participation in Commencement
Only students who have completed all degree requirements will be allowed to participate in the Commencement ceremony. The College recognizes that there may be occasions when special circumstances arise. Under such unusual circumstances, students may petition the Academic Dean or his/her designee to participate in Commencement. Students must, however, be within 8 course credits or a single experience (such as an internship or a Graduation Standard) of completing all graduation requirements. No other exceptions will be considered. The decision of the Academic Dean or his/her designee is final and may not be appealed to the President.
Students participating in the Commencement ceremony will be required to wear a cap and gown, which can be ordered through the College Bookstore.
Graduating with Distinction
Effective for the graduating class of spring 2006, of the total credits required for graduation, at least 30 credits for a two-year degree and 60 credits for a four-year degree must be earned within the Vermont State Colleges by the end of the previous fall semester. (Credits earned before 2002 are not used in this calculation unless earned from Johnson State College.) Graduating students who have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.90 or better through the fall semester of their graduation year will be awarded their degree "summa cum laude." Those who earn a 3.70 average will be awarded degrees "magna cum laude." Those who earn a 3.50 average will be awarded degrees "cum laude." (If the above standards are obtained by the end of the spring semester of the graduating year, the appropriate distinction is recorded on the diploma and transcript but is not acknowledged at Commencement.)
Graduation honors for certificate programs require final, cumulative GPA as follows: honors, 3.00-3.49; high honors, 3.50 or above.