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To fulfill its obligation to the precepts of higher education, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia has established standards of achievement that must be met before any student is recommended for graduation by the faculty. Every person upon whom a degree shall be conferred must be of good moral character, must have successfully completed the assigned curriculum, must have paid all University financial obligations, and must have met the specific graduation requirements pertaining to the degree to be conferred.
A student must complete all graduation requirements by:
- The end of the fall, spring, or summer term, or
- The 1st day of the month of July or November.
Any student not meeting these deadlines will be delayed until the next graduation date.
To qualify for an earned degree, students must:
- Fulfill all of the requirements of the respective curriculum, including achieving at least the minimum academic requirements and passing all proficiencies required by the University and the major.
- Be in good standing, i.e., not on academic, program, or conduct probation at the conclusion of the final semester of enrollment.
- Satisfy all outstanding financial obligations to the University.
- File a Petition for Graduation at the start of the final semester of matriculation. To participate in the May Commencement Ceremony, the Petition for Graduation must be submitted by the end of the drop/add period of the spring semester.
- Complete an official check-out of all laboratories, and return or replace all laboratory equipment and all materials borrowed from the University library.
- Complete an exit interview with the Financial Aid Office (applies only to students awarded Health Professions Loans, Perkins Loans, Stafford Loans, HEAL Loans, and Institutional Loans).
- Participate in commencement rehearsal and the commencement ceremony unless excused by their college dean.
Only those students who have fulfilled all requirements for graduation by the end of the spring semester (last day of final exams) will be permitted to participate in the commencement ceremony.
Bachelor Degrees for Students in Professional Programs
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Effective with first-year (U1) students entering USP in the fall 2008 (Catalog Year 2008) all students in professional programs (doctor of pharmacy, doctor of physical therapy, and master of occupational therapy) will be granted a bachelor’s degree upon successful completion of the work in the first four years of their curriculum. All of these curricula must satisfy the minimum requirements for a degree, including completion of the General Education requirements. This means that starting in May 2012 all students in the doctor of pharmacy, doctor of physical therapy, and master of occupational therapy programs will, upon satisfactory completion of requirements, be granted a bachelor’s degree “in transit” to the eventual professional degree in their program of study.
Students in the fall 2008 and later entering cohort (Catalog Year 2008 and later) who complete all requirements for a bachelor-level degree may be granted that degree and terminate their enrollment even if they are unsuccessful in completing the requirements for the professional degree.
Pharmacy Prior to Fall 2008 Catalog Year
Currently enrolled students in the doctor of pharmacy program who entered prior to fall 2008 are not eligible for the bachelor-level degree. However, if they find themselves ineligible to continue in the pharmacy program, or choose not to continue to graduation in the program, they may apply for a Change of Major (COM) to the bachelor of science in pharmaceutical and healthcare studies program or another bachelor level program at USP. This option is only available to students who end their enrollment in the doctor of pharmacy program. Approval to enroll in a bachelor-level program will be based on criteria of that program in place at the time the student applies for the COM.
Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Prior to Fall 2008 Catalog Year
Currently enrolled students in the doctor of physical therapy and master of occupational therapy programs who entered prior to fall 2008 are eligible to be granted the BSHS degree according to existing practice. This means that the BSHS is granted simultaneously with the professional degree upon successful completion of requirements for the professional degree, which include all requirements for the BSHS. A small number of students who complete all the requirements for the BSHS degree, but are unsuccessful in completing the professional degree requirements, may be granted the BSHS as a free-standing terminal degree once they complete the BSHS requirements.
Students who have achieved outstanding academic records at the University may be graduated with one of the following honors. The honors designations listed below are based on total quality points and credits earned and on the student’s attaining the following minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA):
Cum Laude—GPA of 3.40
Magna Cum Laude—GPA of 3.60
Summa Cum Laude—GPA of 3.80
Once awarded, these graduation honors become a permanent part of the student’s record.