Information Regarding Certificates and Degrees
COMPLETION OF CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS
If you are seeking a graduate or undergraduate certificate, you should apply to have your credentials reviewed prior to taking your final class. You may apply online, by clicking here Application for Certificate. Once your file is reviewed by the Registrar, and it is determined that you have met the requirements for your certificate, it will be mailed directly to the address indicated on your application.
Please know that students who earn their certificate are not permitted to participate in a graduation ceremony.
GRADUATION AND COMPLETION OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
If you are seeking your bachelor's degree, you should apply to graduate in your Junior year. All Master and CAGS students should apply to graduate before their final semester of coursework.
If you expect to complete your degree requirements in time for the May or December commencement ceremony of this current year, and have not yet applied to graduate, please click here Application for Degree to complete your "request to graduate" application. Once your application is received, and your file is reviewed, you will be contacted via email by the Registrar letting you know what, if any, requirements are missing. Be sure to check your Fitchburg State student email account often.
Undergraduate students may petition the Registrar to participate in a graduation ceremony if they have a maximum of two courses, up to 12 credits to complete. Click here to obtain a petition form: request to participate in graduation . You will be notified via your student email account of the outcome of your request. Petitions for May graduation must be received no later than April 2nd. Please note that if you are approved to participate in graduation this does not mean your requirements are met and you are graduating. Graduate students are not allowed to participate in a graduation ceremony until all their requirements are complete.
Students who apply to graduate in May, who do not meet with requirements for graduation, will be moved to the December graduation. All notifications from the Registrar's Office regarding your graduation status will be sent to your Fitchburg State email account. To view your graduation status, if you have applied to graduate, please click the following link(s):
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Eligibility to Participate in Graduation Ceremonies
Any student who has completed all the requirements for degree conferral is eligible to participate in Fitchburg State University's graduation ceremonies.
How do I know if I have met the requirements to graduate?
You should consult with your advisor. If you are an undergraduate, you can find the common graduation requirements in the Curriculum section of the University catalog. Graduate students can find their requirements in the Graduate Division section of the catalog.
Undergraduate students and their advisor should also be using our automated degree audit system, which we call a degree evaluation, to assist.
How do I apply for graduation?
Both undergraduate and graduate students must apply to graduate. You can complete an Application for Degree by clicking here.
There is no graduation application fee.
When should I submit an application to graduate?
You are strongly encouraged to submit an application one year (at least one semester) prior to the semester in which you expect to complete the requirements for your degree.
How can I check the status of my application to graduate?
To check on the status of your application after it reaches the Registrar's Office please review the "Graduation List" above. If any of the information listed for you is incorrect, please contact the Registrar's Office (email link below).
What GPA do I need to graduate with honors?
For undergraduates, Summa Cum Laude requires a Fitchburg State cumulative GPA of 3.8 or higher; Magna Cum Laude requires 3.5 to 3.79; and Cum Laude requires 3.2 to 3.49. Students graduating with honors receive bronze medallions which are worn with the cap and gown. If you complete the Honors Program and a senior thesis you will graduate with Special Distinction. To be eligible to graduate with honors, you must earn at least 60 credits with a numerical grade at Fitchburg State University.
There is no graduation honors program for graduate students.
Do I need tickets for my family?
Tickets are not needed for commencement except in the case of inclement weather. Prospective December graduates will be mailed an information packet in the mail in November, with complete details about the commencement ceremony, including such things as time, where to line up, where to get your cap and gown, seating for family and guests, parking, and the inclement weather plan. Prospective May graduates will receive the same information packet in April.
I can't come to graduation. How do I receive my diploma?
Diplomas will be mailed to graduates approximately two weeks after the commencement ceremony.
My diploma has become lost or damaged. How can I request a replacement diploma?
Replacement diplomas can be requested via the Replacement Diploma Request Form.
Other questions regarding graduation? Email the Registrar's Office at email@example.com.