Are you a graduate student? Visit the Graduate School website for more information.
Students are not automatically evaluated for graduation. They must apply for graduation via MyOSU (click on Student tab, then under My Student Stuff click on Apply to Graduate). 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
According to Academic Regulation 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 Regulation 27. Students completing the University 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.
The Office of the Registrar will communicate your progress to you in two ways:
Applications for graduation must be submitted 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. 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.
Log in to your MyOSU account using your ONID username and password. Under My Student Stuff, click on Apply to Graduate.
From the Student Records menu you may also view existing applications for graduation, cancel an existing application for graduation, and confirm your intention to attend Commencement.
Expected Degree Award Date**
Expected Diploma Availability Date
|Summer 2016||July 1, 2016||September 2, 2016||September 30, 2016||October 14, 2016|
|Fall 2016||October 7, 2016||December 9, 2016||January 13, 2017||January 27, 2017|
|Winter 2017||January 20, 2017||March 24, 2017||April 28, 2017||May 12, 2017|
|Spring 2017||April 14, 2017||June 17, 2017||July 21, 2017||See Note Below|
* Conferral Date — the graduation date that appears on the diploma and transcript.
** Expected Degree Award Date — the date the Registrar's Office has completed final degree clearance and posts degree awarded status on transcripts. Only AFTER the degree awarded status is posted, are students' degrees officially awarded and visible on the official transcript.
Spring Diploma Availability Date — students who are on track to meet graduation requirements and who do not have any unarticulated or pending transfer work from other institutions that is applicable toward their degree may be eligible to receive their diploma on Commencement Day. For those who are eligible but are not attending Commencement, diplomas are available for pick-up after 12 pm on the first business day after Commencement.
Students who have unarticulated or pending transfer work from other institutions that is applicable toward their degree will have to wait until their degrees are awarded (expected to take place by July 18, 2016) before obtaining their diploma.
Students in the Degree Partnership Program (DPP) may be eligible to receive their diploma on Commencement day. To be eligible, the Registrar’s Office must receive as close to final grades as possible from the instructor(s) teaching at the other institution. The instructor’s email must come from their institution email address and be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. It is the responsibility of the DPP student to notify their instructors to email OSU.
A student may earn multiple degrees simultaneously. Additional degrees may also be earned subsequent to a prior awarded degree. 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 Regulation 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 are not yet met.
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 Regulation 27).
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 by following the double degrees requirements outlined in Academic Regulation 26.
Students seeking an honors degree must meet the requirements of the University Honors College to receive their degree. Students who 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, Honors Bachelor of Arts).
Students completing a certificate concurrently with their major must apply for graduation twice—one graduation application for the major and a second graduation application for the certificate. When the certificate is awarded, it will be recorded on the student’s transcript.
Keep your eye on the ball. Once you’ve applied to graduate you are responsible for monitoring your progress from the beginning of the process through the actual awarding of the degree. Don’t make any assumptions.
When an application for graduation is submitted the Office of the Registrar will inform your advisor that you are pending graduation for the term. Check your degree progress using your MyDegrees degree checklist by logging into MyOSU. If you haven’t done so recently, you should meet with your advisor to verify that you are on track to meet your requirements. Any unmet requirements indicated on your degree audit must be resolved prior to a degree being awarded.
College/departmental advisors will review your record to verify the completion of baccalaureate core, degree, major, minor, option, and college requirements. The Office of the Registrar verifies completion of the remaining institutional requirements.
Academic Regulation 25 defines Institutional Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees. Questions regarding your ability to graduate as planned or regarding specific college/major/minor/option requirements should be directed to your academic advisor.
During the term in which you have applied to graduate, your record will be evaluated several times to determine if you have met graduation requirements. Any deficiencies will be recorded as a graduation hold on your student record. Check your holds by logging into MyOSU, under My Student Stuff click on View Holds. Also, continue to monitor your progress in MyDegrees. You will be responsible for monitoring your progress and checking your holds throughout your final term because your progress and holds will be updated continuously as changes to your record occur. Check your ONID email regularly.
In the event that you will be unable to graduate at the end of the term for which you have applied, you should cancel your existing application for graduation and submit a new application for the future term in which you will complete your requirements.
Degree clearance requires approximately 4 weeks after the conclusion of the term. When your degree requirements are completed, your degree award will be posted to your transcript. Also, the Office of the Registrar will send a notice of congratulation to your ONID student email address once your degree is awarded. It is your responsibility to consult your OSU transcript to confirm your degree award.