Is your advisee ready to graduate?
Following this simple checklist will help ensure that your advisees graduate in their desired semester:
- A degree application must be submitted to Records and Registration (HAB 19) one semester prior to graduation. The date by which it must be submitted is listed in the Academic Calendar. The application can be retrieved from the Records and Registration Web site. The Academic Calendar can also be found there.
- A completed major plan signed by the advisor and/or department chair or chair's designee (depending on the process in the department) must accompany the degree application. Remember that if a student is being granted an exception or waiver of a major requirement or substituting a course for a required course on the major plan, the appropriate form, signed by the chair or chair's designee, must accompany the degree application.
- Review the College Progress Report to determine that all college-wide degree requirements have been met. This includes:
- 120 total credits (Remember that the credit boxes in the Report--total, upper-division, and liberal arts--do not include courses that are in progress.)
- 45 credits at the upper-division (300-level or above)
- 90, 60, 48 or 30 Liberal Arts credits, depending on the type of degree being pursued
- One writing intensive course
- All general education categories-if students are eligible for waivers they should apply them before applying for graduation. Remember that GEII/A and GEIII students are subject to the SUNY-wide general education requirements. That means all students, including AA and AS degree holders, must complete the categories mandated by the Board of Trustees. Those who have an AA or AS degree will not be required to complete the general education categories at New Paltz that exceed the SUNY minimum. These categories are also the only categories eligible for waivers. The current Advising Handbook will list the mandated and non-mandated categories for each general education program.
- Cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
- Remind your advisees to access the Commencement Web site by the mid-point of their graduation semester. Participation in the ceremony, including obtaining tickets for guests, is limited to those students who register on the Web site by the posted deadline. Information about purchasing caps and gowns, as well as details about the ceremony, are also listed on the Web site.