To earn the Degree of Bachelor of Arts or the Degree of Bachelor of Science a student must:
- For students in the transition plan: Complete a minimum of 124 credit hours.
- For students entering Fall 2011: complete a minimum of 128 credits, with a minimum of 32 different courses.
- Complete the degree requirements of one of the established majors.
- Complete the Liberal Studies curriculum requirements.
- Achieve a minimum cumulative quality point average of 2.0 and a minimum of a 2.0 average in courses taken in the major.
- Complete a minimum of 24 of the last 32 credits at Saint Michael's.
- Transfer students must earn a minimum of 64 credits at Saint Michael's.
- Apply for graduation by filling out an "Intent to Graduate" form at the beginning of the academic year in which the degree is expected.
It is the responsibility of the student to enroll in the appropriate courses in order to meet degree requirements.
Senior Academic Evaluations organize student coursework according to the requirements of a student's major(s), the Liberal Studies Curriculum requirements of the college, and any student minors. Seniors are mailed a copy of their Academic Evaluation at the beginning of the fall semester and, in anticipation of graduation, in mid-January. Additionally, students may access their Academic Evaluations at any time using Knight Vision. Students may also receive a copy of their Academic Evaluation from the Registrar's Office at any time during regular business hours (Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM).
As the Academic Evaluation details student progress towards the completion of graduation requirements, it is very important that students take the time to review their Academic Evaluations as soon as they receive them. Any discrepancies on Academic Evaluations should be reported immediately to the Registrar's Office.
Students who plan to graduate in May, should have all P's (Pending) and C's (Completed) on their evaluations. Students not planning to graduate in May will find I's (Incomplete) and N's (Not started) in addition to P's and C's on their evaluations. Students who have difficulty reading their evaluations should feel free to stop by the Registrar's Office or contact their advisor for help.
Students who have completed all major, liberal studies, GPA and credit hour requirements by the end of the spring 2015 semester earn their degree on the day of graduation and attend Commencement with their classmates.
Students who are within two courses/8 credits of meeting the graduation requirements by the end of the spring 2015 semester and wish to participate in Commencement. Processing students walk with their class, cross the stage and shake the President's hand, and receive a blank diploma. An asterisk (*) denotes Processing Students in the Commencement Program. Students wishing to Process at Commencement must submit a plan to the Registrar's Office describing how all outstanding degree requirements will be completed on or before December 12, 2015. This plan for completion must be submitted by March 1, 2015.
Students who do not meet the criteria for Graduating or Processing as listed above yet feel an affiliation with the graduating class. Such students walk into the ceremony with their class and walk out with their class when the ceremony concludes. Robing students do not walk across the stage and are not listed in the Commencement Program. Students who desire to Robe with their class must meet with Dawn Ellinwood, Vice President of Student Affairs by May 1, 2015.