GRADUATION GUIDELINES

REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION

  • Please adhere to your Catalog of entry:
    • All Students must meet:
      • General Education Requirements
      • Minimum of 124 hours towards graduation
      • 2.00 grade point average in major and overall
      • Grade of “C” in all required courses (including General Education)
  • Repeated courses will not count towards gradation
  • Developmental courses (Mat091, Rea091, Eng100 etc.) will not count towards graduation
  • All graduation requirements must be met by deadlines listed on the “Dates and Deadlines” document and the College’s Academic Calendar.

APPLICATION PROCESS

  • Schedule an appointment with the Registrar during the month of October.
    • All students planning to complete requirements in December, May or during the summer must schedule an appointment with the Office of Records for a senior audit
    • Walk-ups will not be honored
  • Students on track for graduation will be able to complete an “Application for Degree” during this time.
  • Students not on track must discuss graduation options with major advisor to determine graduation date for the next graduation cycle.
  • All application deadlines as stated in the academic calendar are enforced

HONORS AT GRADUATION:

  • Bachelor’s degree students
  • Calculated after all final grades are posted
  • Students will wear gold honor cards
  • Honors awarded to students meeting the following scholarship standards at graduation:
    • With honors                 3.00 – 3.19
    • Cum laude                   3.20 – 3.49
    • Magna cum laude       3.50 – 3.79
    • Summa cum laude       3.80 – 4.00

CEREMONY PARTICIPATION:

  • Students who have completed all requirements, have no debts with the college and have been checked out as final prior to the graduation deadline date
    • May have honors recognition
    • Will have degree conferred
    • Will pick up diploma immediately after the Commencement Ceremony
  • As of October 14, 2018 the “Walking Policy” has been eliminated.  All students must complete all degree requirements prior to participating in the graduation ceremony at Tougaloo College.

DIPLOMAS:

  • Diplomas will be mailed to students who do not participate in the graduation ceremony by certified mail to the address listed on the Application for Degree.

REGAILIA:

The Regalia Attire is the traditional black cap and gown for Bachelor and Master Degree candidates and maroon for Associate Degree candidates. 

  • Ladies should wear dark dresses under their academic gown with black shoes and modest jewelry. 
  • Men should wear dark pants, ties and a white shirt under their academic gown and black shoes.

SENIOR CLEARANCE:

The Senior Clearance Sheet will be available in the Office of the Bursar prior to the upcoming graduation date and should be completed in signature order beginning with the first signature.  Signatures from the Office of Records and the Office of the Bursar may be secured after final grades have been submitted and all degree requirements have been successfully completed and verified.

GRADUATING SENIORS REQUIRED DATES AND DEADLINE

ACADEMIC YEAR 2019-2020

DATES/DEADLINES

REQUIRED ACTIVITY

Friday, August 23, 2019

Mandatory Senior Class Meeting in BGT Lecture Hall  @ 10:00 a.m.

August 1-September 30, 2019

Seniors meet with Major Advisor to complete “Graduation Verification Form” verify hours, grades, courses, etc., must past 124 college credit hours and have a 2.00 CGPA.

October 1-25, 2019

Review Senior Audit with the Office of Records. BY APPOINTMENTS ONLY

Application for Degree process begins.  REQUIRED for all potential graduates.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Deadline to submit Senior Thesis for students completing requirements in December.

Deadline to submit Senior Thesis Topics and Statements for May and August graduates.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Degree Application Deadline for students completing requirements in December 2018 **NO EXCEPTIONS** Priority Date for students completing requirements in May.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Senior Clearance Sheets available in the Office of the Bursar (Students completing in December).  Degrees will be awarded in May 2019.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Mandatory Senior Class Meeting in BGT Lecture Hall  @ 10:00 a.m.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Application for Degree Deadline for May Graduates **NO EXCEPTIONS** Priority Date for students completing requirements during the summer of 2019.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Senior Clearance Sheets available in the Office of the Bursar (May Graduation)

April 13-17, 2020

Senior Thesis Week (May and August graduates)

Friday, April 17, 2020

Deadline for paying outstanding fees by check to Office of the Bursar including $100.00 graduation fee.

Friday, April 17, 2020

All degree requirements must be completed and on file in the Office of Records with the exception of final exams.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Senior papers must be electronically submitted by the major advisor, to the Commission on Writing by 5:00 p.m.

April 21-22, 2020

Senior Final Examinations

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Graduating Senior Grades Due by 3:00 p.m.  All degree requirements must be met.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Priority Date for paying all Graduation Fees and all Financial Obligations

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Registrar’s Office Senior Clearance beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal Assemble in Holmes Hall Auditorium 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Turn in Senior Clearance Sheets to Office of the Bursar/Finance/Fiscal Mgt,

Pick up Caps and Gowns between 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

BACCALAUREATE SERVICES Report to Holmes Hall Auditorium by 7:30 a.m.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Final date to settle all Financial Obligations and pick up caps and gowns by 5:00 p.m.

**NO EXCEPTIONS**

Sunday, May 3, 2020

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY Report to Holmes Hall Auditorium by 9:00 a.m.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Return Caps and Gowns and pick up Diploma immediately following Commencement in Chapel Conference Room located in basement of the Chapel

Monday, June 1, 2020

Degree Application Deadline for students completing summer **NO EXCEPTIONS**

Monday, July 13, 2020

Senior Clearance Sheets available in the Office of the Bursar (students completing requirements during the summer)

Monday, July 27, 2020

Degree requirements due in Office of Records by 5:00 p.m. for summer graduates.