Graduation Requirements

It is the student’s responsibility to file an application for the degree at the appropriate time. For spring graduation, the deadline is the fourth Monday of November. For summer graduation, the deadline is February 15. For degrees awarded in winter, the deadline is the second Monday of July. An additional fee of $25.00 is assessed for late applications. Late applications may be accepted until the deadline of the next graduation; however, only those applications filed by the dates given can be guaranteed processing in time for the next conferral of degrees.

To qualify for graduation, students must (a) have completed all required coursework; (b) have a grade point average in all coursework for the degree of at least 3.0; (c) if required, have successfully completed the comprehensive examination; (d) if required, have the approval of the advisor and appropriate associate dean on the thesis, essay, or creative project.

John Carroll University conducts a formal commencement ceremony each year in May. Graduate students who will complete degree requirements in the summer and who wish to participate in the May commencement exercise should apply for graduation by February 15. In order to qualify for participation: (a) students not writing an essay, project, or thesis must have no more than 6 remaining hours in order to complete their degree program; (b) students who have not completed the essay or thesis (but who have completed all course requirements) must submit a petition signed by their academic advisor stating that the thesis or essay will be completed by the deadline for summer graduation.