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Graduation and Commencement


Requirements for Graduation

The following are basic graduation requirements:

1. Completion of the plan of study for the student's major. Deans of schools may refuse to accept as credit toward graduation any course that was completed 10 or more years ago. Advisors must understand their college/school's policy when working with transfer and reentry students.
2. Registration as a degree candidate during the semester immediately preceding conferment.
3. Two semesters of resident study at Purdue University and completion of at least 32 semester hours of coursework.
4. A minimum cumulative graduation index of 2.0.
5. Satisfactory knowledge of the English language.

Students who completed some of their coursework at a regional campus may request that Purdue University West Lafayette award their degree by submitting Form 380 (Request to Have Degree Awarded at Another Campus). Colleges/schools vary on the specific requirements for honoring this request.

Detailed requirements, including those for multiple degrees, are outlined in the Student University Regulations.


Steps to Take in the Final Semester

1. The student or advisor must answer "yes" to question six on Form 23: "Do you expect to receive a degree upon completion of the above term?"

2. The advisor and student pre-audit the student's academic record, making certain all transfer credit has been added and that the student can complete the degree requirements that semester.

3. Early in the semester, the Office of the Registrar sends to each college/school a list of candidates for graduation. The college/school returns this list with any corrections or additions and provides a list of students participating in cooperative education and honors programs.

4. Advisors complete preliminary audits of each student's academic record by mid-semester. The Registrar notifies students of any changes by mail.

5. Final audits for May graduation are completed before the commencement date so that students may receive their diplomas at the ceremony. For August and December graduations, diplomas are mailed to the students within a month of commencement.



Students registered for all coursework needed to complete the degree requirements in their final semester may march in the commencement ceremony.

Students who do not pass a course during the final semester may march in the ceremony, but will not receive the diploma. They must register again for the required course. Students permitted to take the course at another university must register as "for degree Only" at Purdue University and have the completed credit transferred to Purdue.

Dates and times, cap and gown information, and details regarding the commencement ceremony are available on the Registrar's Web site.

Advisors may be asked to serve as marshals for the graduation ceremony. Duties include:

  • Lining up candidates in alphabetical order by college/school in the Armory
  • Leading candidates into Elliott Hall of Music
  • Assigning graduates a seat
  • Making certain no accessories are added to mortarboards and gowns

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