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All students must complete the following to apply for degree conferral and participate in commencement.
1. Complete a minimum of 52 quarter hours.
2. Earn a minimum of 2.7 cumulative grade point average and earn grades of C- or better in all coursework.
2. Apply for degree conferral for the quarter in which you anticipate completing your requirements. Apply via Campus Connect (Academic Progress > Apply for Graduation). You do not qualify for degree conferral and you cannot participate in the commencement ceremony without submitting a degree conferral application. There is no application fee.Conferral Deadlines
Distinction is conferred upon an SPS student who has maintained a 3.75 cumulative grade point average or higher.
The graduation ceremony is symbolic. It is held in June of each year. Students who confer their degrees from the fall quarter through the summer quarter are eligible to participate in that year's June commencement ceremony. June and August degree audits occur after the ceremony, therefore graduation with distinction may not be announced at the ceremony, but will appear on the transcript and diploma. If you cancel or are ineligible to graduate, you must reapply.
Students can pick up your cap and gown reservations at Commencement Kick-Off held the second Monday and Tuesday of the month in June, on the Lincoln Park Campus from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. You must pick up your cap and gown on campus prior to commencement. If you will be unable to pick up your cap and gown, you may send a designee with a letter indicating your permission. Please include your name and student ID number.