Forms Related to Graduation:
Students tailor much of their academic programs to their own goals and needs, but there are minimum curricular requirements for receiving a degree from Juniata. Special adjustments in these requirements will be administered by the Registrar according to policies developed by the faculty. Students are responsible for ensuring that all graduation requirements are completed in consultation with their academic advisors.
There are two distinct processes that indicate completion of a student’s academic career: satisfactory completion of academic requirements and participation in the Commencement ceremony. This policy is solely concerned with the ceremonial event of Commencement.
Students who have not completed all graduation requirements may be permitted to participate in the Commencement ceremony, without receiving a diploma, under the following circumstances:
- The remaining coursework consists of not more than eight academic credits, and the student is in good academic standing, as defined in Academic Standards of Progress. Whenever possible, the student will submit a request to participate to the Registrar’s Office by April 1st for consideration. The request to participate must provide a specific, detailed, and realistic plan for completing the remaining credits by the end of the summer and be approved by the Registrar’s Office.
- Students who have studied away and are waiting for official transcripts from the external institution may participate in the Commencement ceremony if verification of sufficient academic progress at the external institution is provided to the Registrar’s Office.
- Partner degree students who are waiting for official transcripts from their home institution may participate in the Commencement ceremony.
- Students in 3+ programs may participate in the Commencement ceremony following their fourth or fifth year, if verification of sufficient academic progress at the external institution is provided to the Registrar’s Office.
Students granted this privilege will walk across the stage and have their names read with the rest of the graduating class, and their names will be noted in the Commencement program that the degree will be awarded when all outstanding requirements are verified by the Registrar's Office as completed.
Students who have not completed all outstanding requirements by the start of the academic semester following Commencement may be charged an enrollment fee per term. Students who have not completed all outstanding requirements within three years will be administratively withdrawn and readmission will be required.
Contact the Registrar's Office for additional information.