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Graduation Requirements

Applying for Graduation
Candidates for graduation initiate the certification process by filing an Intent to Graduate form with the advisor of their division at least one year prior to their expected graduation date. Purdue degree candidates must register for CAND 991 as noted in the Registration Guide. Details concerning the application deadlines of specific divisions and any additional requirements related to graduation are available from the advisor or the division sections of this bulletin.
Completion of Degree Requirements

When students contact the advisor about graduation, they should double-check that they in fact will have completed graduation requirements. The “My Degree Progress” option in the self-service area in OneStart shows which courses students still need to take and whether all transfer work has been entered. Some divisions perform degree audits either when students file for graduation or at the beginning of their senior year.

Students should go over audits with their advisors to make sure they are accurate, and contact the division advisor with questions. Common mistakes that result in a student’s failure to graduate are unacceptable grades and not registering for necessary courses, dropping courses during the last semester, or otherwise failing to complete required courses. Students may graduate with incompletes on their record, provided they are not for required courses. Residency requirements also affect graduation eligibility.

Required Grade Point Average
In addition to completing all the required course work, students must have a specific overall grade point average and a specific GPA in their program to graduate. Most divisions also require grades of C or higher in program courses. Students should familiarize themselves with the policies of their program.