Degrees & Graduation

University faculty, advisors, and staff play an important role in guiding students to degree completion. Learn about the tools available to you for reviewing degree requirements and the degree clearance process and associated deadlines. Also, learn more about the commencement ceremony and the availability of diplomas. This is our opportunity to show our students how much we value their accomplishments.

Degree Requirements

General Catalog

The general catalog contains detailed program and university degree requirement information.

MyDegrees

MyDegrees is a degree planning and clearance tool for students and advisors. The degree checklist and academic planner are tools for advisors to use in helping students plan their schedules and to clear degree requirements for pending graduates. From the beginning of their academic career at OSU students should be using this sytem to plan their enrollment and monitor their progress.

Faculty/staff login to Online Services, choose a term, identify a student, and you will be taken directly to MyDegrees to see the student's information.

Detailed information about this system is provided in the Intro to MyDegrees for Advisors documentation provided to assist faculty and staff in the use of this system.

Updating MyDegrees

Advisors: Please email graduation@oregonstate.edu and type "mydegrees support" in the subject box.

Undergraduate Students: Contact your advisor to answer questions and resolve problems.

Changes to academic program requirements require curriculum proposals reviewed and approved by University Curriculum Council. The Office of the Registrar receives notification of curricular changes approved via the curricular proposal system and will automatically make adjustments to your department's program requirements based on these notifications.

Degree Clearance

Application for Graduation

Students do not automatically get evaluated for graduation. They must apply for graduation. They can apply via the online application for graduation avaible from their MyOSU account. It is recommended that students apply for graduation three terms prior to the term in which they intend to complete their degree requirements. Applications must be submitted no later than the end of the second week of the term in which the student plans to complete degree requirements

Double Degrees, Dual Majors, Honors Degrees, Certificates

According to Academic Regulations 26 a student may earn two or more degrees simultaneously. A student must complete a minimum of 32 credits above the minimum number of credits needed for one of the degrees. Students may also earn two or more majors within a single degree program, per Academic Regulations 27. Students completing the honors college curriculum receive a honors degree in the college of their major, e.g. HBS Honors Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, or HBA Honors Bachelor of Arts in English.

Advisor & Registrar Roles in Degree Clearance

The Office of the Registrar monitors institutional requirements as defined in Academic Regulation 25, while the academic college and departmental advisors monitor baccalaureate core, college, major, option, and minor requirements.

Degree Clearance Timeline

Degree clearance deadlines, reports are produced, communications are sent, degrees are awarded, and more.

Degree Clearance Process Graphic

MyDegrees Exceptions Access Policy

Individuals with the authority to make exceptions for students in MyDegrees should familiarize themselves with the terms of our exceptions policy.

Application for Graduation

Applications for graduation are submitted via Online Services to the Office of the Registrar. They may be filed up to three terms before the expected graduation term so progress can be monitored each term. However, applications must be submitted no later than the end of the second week of the term in which the student plans to complete degree requirements.

To submit an application for graduation:

    1) The student should login to their Online Services
    2) Enter the Student Records menu
    3) Choose Apply for Graduation
    4) The application will display their existing curriculum. If this curriculum is not the curriculum with which they intend to graduate, they should; stop, exit the application, and change their program before returning to complete the application.

From this same Student Records menu they may also view existing applications for graduation, cancel an existing application for graduation, and confirm their intention to attend commencement.

Please keep the following in mind when advising for the use of the online application for graduation:

  1. Undergraduates must be of senior standing before being eligible to submit an application.
  2. Students who wish to change graduation dates or program information after the first application must cancel their existing application for graduation and file an new application in accordance with the stated deadline.
  3. Students receiving more than two degrees will need to contact the Registrar’s office for assistance.
  4. Students should make all necessary changes to their program prior to submitting an application for graduation. In the interest of providing accurate degree audits, it is imperative that the curriculum under which the student applies for graduation accurately reflects their educational goals.

Double Degrees, Dual Majors, Honors Degrees, Certificates

Double Degrees

A student may earn multiple degrees simultaneously. Additional degrees may also be earned subsequent to a prior degree award. The degrees may be offered by the same college, or by different colleges. For each additional degree, a student must complete a minimum of 32 credits above the minimum number of credits needed for one degree. Each degree application is reviewed by the appropriate academic advisor. Advisors complete a separate graduation audit for each of the degrees. Each degree awarded will be recorded as a separate degree award on the student’s record. The student will also receive a separate diploma for each degree awarded (See Academic Regulations 26).

Some programs, such as the Education Double Degree or the International Degree, require that a primary degree be completed in order for the secondary degree to be awarded. When multiple degrees are not dependent on one another, one of the degrees may be awarded even though the requirements for the other degree is not yet met.

Dual (or Multiple) Majors

Though less common, a student may receive a single degree with multiple majors.  Often the number of credits required to complete the requirements for multiple majors allows a student to earn multiple degrees, but that is not always the case. Dual majors are most often obtained within the same college. The degree requirements for both majors are reviewed by your advisor.

When the degree is awarded there will be one degree award with two majors recorded on the student’s record.  The student will receive one diploma. Dual majors may be obtained concurrently with the completion of the degree, or in some cases may be earned as a credential subsequent to completion of the degree (See Academic Regulations 27).

Honors Degrees

Students completing the honors college curriculum receive an honors degree in the college of their major, e.g. HBS Honors Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, or HBA Honors Bachelor of Arts in English. In some cases it might be possible for an Honors College student to earn multiple degrees simultaneously, each of which would be recorded as an Honors degree.

Students seeking an honors degree must meet the requirements of the Honors College in order to receive their degree. Students that complete an Honors degree will have the honors degree recorded on their academic record. The student’s diploma will also include the honors degree designation (e.g. Honors Bachelor of Science, etc.).

Certificates

Students completing a certificate concurrently with their major must apply for graduation twice — one graduation application for the major and another graduation application for the certificate.

When the certificate is awarded, it will be recorded on the student’s transcript.

Advisor & Registrar Roles

The Advisor Role

  • Select students by graduation term
  • Review audit for accuracy and completeness
  • Notify students if curriculum change is needed (i.e. add a minor)
  • Create Substitutions and exceptions for major, option, minor or bacc core for area of responsibility
  • Create Checklist Notes for Registrars (DEGR1, DEGR2, DEGR3)
  • Goal is completed Degree Checklist Intro to MyDegrees documentation is available to assist you in the use of the sytem.

The Registrar Role

  • Select students by Graduation Term
  • Review University Degree Requirements
  • Review Checklist Notes from Advisors (DEGR1, DEGR2, DEGR3)
  • Clear exceptions as necessary
  • Re-run Degree Audits for most current Degree Checklist without current or future registration.
  • Review Audits for completeness and Checklist Notes from Advisors
  • Communicate progress to students:
    • Email ONID account with information about the clearance process and any existing deficiencies.
    • Deficiencies that would prevent the awarding of the degree will be recorded as a graduation hold which is visible via Online Services.
  • Produce PDF of Final Audit for storage in NOLIJ
  • Award degrees

Degree Clearance Timeline

Week of Term

Processes

Reports

Communication

Communication

One week prior to start of term

New audits are run for pending graduates

 

Registrar’s sends notification of insufficient institutional deficiencies to student (OSU Residency, DFL, Overal Credits, Upper Division)

 

3rd week

Run new audits for pending graduates

Report for current pending graduates is sent to the head advisor of each college,

 

 

 

8th week

Run new audits for pending graduates

Report for current pending graduates is sent to the head advisor of each college.

 

 

 

10th week

Run new audits for pending graduates

 

Registrar’s Office sends notification of degree deficiencies (majors, minors, option, & institutional deficiencies)

 

End of Degree Process

Award degrees to 100% complete students

 

send notices of congratulations to graduated students

send cancellation notices to students that did not graduate (includes specific deficiencies)

If requirements are not met.

Any unmet requirements indicated on the degree audit must be resolved prior to a degree being awarded. In the event that a student is unable to graduate at the end of the term for which he or she has applied, the student should be directed to cancel his or her existing application for graduation and submit a new application for the future term in which the student will complete the requirements.

When will degrees be awarded?

Degree clearance requires approximately 4 weeks after the conclusion of the term. When degrees are awarded they will be posted to student transcripts where they may view it. Also, the Office of the Registrar will send a notice of congratulation to the student ONID email address once the degree is awarded. It is the responsibility of the student to confirm their degree award.

MyDegrees Exceptions Access Policy

MyDegrees allows advisors to apply exceptions to a student's audit to clear degree requirements. These exceptions are part of the audit trail of the degree clearance process.

Users with exceptions privileges may apply exceptions only in their areas of responsibility.

Exceptions may not be applied to university level requirements; these are the responsibility of the Registrar's Office.

Users applying exceptions privileges inappropriately will receive a warning and the exception will be reversed. Continued violations will result in revocation of the user’s exceptions privileges.

Commencement & Diplomas

Commencement

It is highly recommended that students, family, faculty, & staff take the opportunity to celebrate this momentous accomplishment. The university holds a single commencement ceremony each June. Students must RSVP their intention to attend via MyOSU (under My Student Stuff, click Apply to Graduate). Detailed information is sent to the current mailing address of eligible students in April of each year. Oregon State University has a long standing proud tradition of providing each student with his or her own diploma at the commencement ceremony. Find out more details at the Commencement section of this website.

Diplomas

With the exception of Spring term diplomas are available approximately 2 weeks after the posting of degrees. Diplomas may be obtained in one of three ways. Students attending commencement may receive their diploma at the ceremony if the student is on track to meet all requirements. The student, or their authorized designee, may pick their diploma at the Office of the Registrar. Upon receipt of a written request and the applicable shipping fee a diploma may be mailed. For details visit the Diplomas section of this website.

Commencement

Commencement Website

Commencement Ceremony Deadlines

Information Mailed to Current Mailing Address Deadline for Summer and Fall Graduates to apply to graduate and have their names appear in the Commencement Program

Commencement Participation Deadline

Commencement Ceremony

Around April 1, 2014
April 25, 2014 June 6, 2014 June 14, 2014

Frequently Asked Commencement Questions

Qualified Attendees

Graduates from the prior Summer through the upcoming Summer and Fall term may attend the Spring commencement. For example, commencement being held at the close of Spring term 2014 welcomes graduates from Summer 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014 and pending graduates for Spring 2014, Summer 2014, and Fall 2014. Detailed information is sent to eligible students in April of each year. This information will be sent to their current mailing address.

Reserve a Seat at Commencement

It is a university tradition to provide each student their own diploma at the commencement ceremony. To have their diploma available we have to know who is coming, therefore attendees are required to RSVP for the event. Students can RSVP their intention to attend via Online Services.

Degrees with Distinction

High achieving students are recognized through the posting of a title of academic distinction to their degree award and through the wearing of an academic honor cord as part of their graduation regalia. Grade point averages are computed on the basis of all work attempted at OSU. Graduates who have completed at least 90 credits at OSU or 60 upper-division credits at OSU, and who have an OSU cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, are awarded an OSU degree with distinction as follows:

Academic Distinction

OSU GPA Range

Graduation
Honor Cord Color

Cum Laude

3.50–3.69

Orange

Magna Cum Laude

3.70–3.84

Gold

Summa Cum Laude

3.85–4.00

White

Candidates who have completed their degree in prior terms are eligible to wear Honor cords based on their completed OSU GPA and credits. For candidates pending Spring term graduation, eligibility to wear cords is based on the OSU institutional GPA and credit hours completed through Winter term. Candidates for Summer and Fall term graduation are not eligible to wear Honor cords at the Commencement Ceremony. When Spring term ends and final grades are posted, the Honors distinction will be evaluated and posted to eligible transcripts. If necessary, your diploma will be reprinted to reflect the Honors distinction. Honor cords may be purchased at the OSU Beaver Store.

Preliminary Grades

Commencement is held the Saturday following the conclusion of finals week. Spring term final grades are not yet available, however, we strive to provide diplomas to as many students as possible at commencement. The Registrar’s Office collects preliminary grades for pending graduates during the 7th week of the term to be utilized for a preliminary review of degree requirements.

Pending graduates who meet degree requirements based on preliminary review will receive their diploma at the commencement ceremony. Students who do not meet preliminary review requirements are welcome to attend the ceremony but will not receive their diploma at that time.

Diplomas

With the exception of Spring term, diplomas are available approximately 2 weeks after the posting of degrees.

 

Picking Up a Diploma in Person

Diplomas are retained in the Office of the Registrar. Students may pick-up their diploma in person at commencement or at the Office of the Registrar. Students who choose to pick up their diploma at the Office of the Registrar must present picture identification before receiving their diploma.

Can someone pick up a diploma on the student’s behalf?

Yes, a student may authorize another individual to pick up their diploma by completing the Diploma Release Request form. The authorized individual should present the form and their picture identification at the Office of the Registrar.

Mailing Diplomas

Students may have their diploma mailed to them by completing the Diploma Mailing Request/Duplicate Diploma Order form and submitting it to the Office of the Registrar along with payment for the mailing fee. The diploma will be mailed to the address provided on the request form.

Diploma Copies

Students can obtain a duplicate diploma by completing the Diploma Mailing Request/Duplicate Diploma Order and submitting it to the Office of the Registrar along with payment of the duplicate diploma fee. Processing time for such requests is 2 to 4 weeks.