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Graduation

Deadlines

Graduation applications must be complete at least one semester prior to your anticipated graduation date.

For Spring 2017 Graduation
Complete online application by Friday, September 2 | Complete Graduation Appointment by Friday, September 30

For Summer or Autumn 2017 Graduation
Complete online application by Friday, January 20 | Complete Graduation Appointment by Friday, February 10

Graduation application checklist

Review your Degree Audit

Prepare to apply for graduation by reviewing your Degree Audit (follow the steps on how to run your Degree Audit; make sure to run your default program as shown on page 6).

Complete the Online Application

Complete this application by the 2nd Friday of the semester prior to your anticipated graduation date.

Complete your Graduation Appointment

To finalize your graduation application, complete a Graduation Appointment with a Knowlton School advisor no later than the 5th Friday of the semester prior to your anticipated graduation date. In this required appointment, your advisor will discuss the information you submitted on the application in addition to any questions or concerns you have about graduation. Bring a copy of your Degree Audit to the appointment. Honors students who have previously submitted Honors documentation should schedule their Graduation Appointment with Jessica Baer.

Check your Ohio State Email Account

The College of Engineering Commencement contact will send important information directly to your OSU email address during the semester you plan to graduate. Make sure your OSU email account is not full and is accepting incoming emails.

Review the Electronic Graduation Booklet

You will receive a "Graduation Booklet" via email during the semester you plan to graduate. This email will contain important information and instructions regarding commencement. You will not receive a hard copy booklet. You will also receive an important email asking you to verify the accuracy of your information (name, hometown, honors).

Review Commencement Ceremony Information

All information about Commencement (graduation attire, parking, rehearsal) can be found at the Commencement website. Share this information with your family members.

If You Will NOT Attend Commencement, Complete the Online Absence Form

The online Commencement Ceremony Absence Form is due no later than two weeks prior to graduation.

Notify Instructors That You Are a Graduating Senior

Grade posting deadlines for seniors are earlier than for other students. Make sure that your instructors in your final semester know that you are graduating so that they meet the grade posting deadline.

Complete the Knowlton School Exit Survey

A survey link will be sent directly to your OSU email address from the Knowtlon School in late April. In order be certified for graduation, it is required that you complete this survey. The survey allows you to provide anonymous feedback on your program and general experience within the Knowlton School. The survey also asks you to provide information about your future plans.

Dual Degrees

If you are a dual-degree student and are completing a degree from a department outside of the Knowlton School, you will need to file a separate application with that department.

Latin Honors

Latin Honors are awarded based on a student’s cumulative point-hour ratio as of the term penultimate to their graduation semester. Should a student earn a higher designation in the last term of enrollment, the higher honor will be awarded. The degrees cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude are awarded to those graduates who meet the following standards:

Cum laude: Each student who graduates with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 to 3.69 and completes a minimum of 60 graded semester hours of course work at Ohio State will receive the cum laude designation upon the diploma and transcript.

Magna cum laude: Each student who graduates with a cumulative GPA of 3.70 to 3.89 and completes a minimum of 60 graded semester hours of course work at Ohio State will receive the magna cum laude designation upon the diploma and transcript.

Summa cum laude: Each student who graduates with a minimum 3.90 cumulative GPA and completes a minimum of 60 graded semester hours of course work at Ohio State will receive the summa cum laude designation upon the diploma and transcript.

In addition to Latin Honors, qualified students who complete Honors program requirements may graduate with Honors Research Distinction or with honors in architecture, landscape architecture, or city and regional planning.