Graduation Requirements

Students must apply for graduation through the online Graduation Application available through their Banner account during the period announced in the University calendar.

Graduation requirements include general requirements, all Core requirements, and all requirements for the major. Successful completion of at least 120 semester credit hours, with a quality-point average of at least 2.0, is required for graduation. This minimum average must be met in the major and overall. In addition, the Boler College of Business requires a 2.0 average in the business courses. The College of Arts and Sciences requires students to meet with their major advisor to review the completion of their degree. An audit signed by the department chair is required by some interdisciplinary programs and should be returned to the Registrar’s Office.

Student academic records are sealed at the time the degree is conferred. After the degree conferral date, changes—with the exception of errors or omissions—cannot be made to the student record.

Graduation Honors

The quality-point system is used to determine graduation honors. To qualify for graduation honors, a student must complete at least 60 credit hours in graded courses on the undergraduate level, all taken at John Carroll. To merit the distinction cum laude, candidates must attain a quality-point average of 3.50; magna cum laude, 3.70; summa cum laude, 3.90. These honors are inscribed on the diploma. Quality points are computed to two decimal places and are truncated, not rounded.