May 20, 2022  
2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Requirements for Graduation

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To fulfill its obligation to the precepts of higher education, University of the Sciences 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 have successfully completed the assigned curriculum 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, as outlined in this Catalog and in the policies of the individual colleges and academic programs.
  • Be in good academic standing, having satisfied all academic and program requirements, and be free of all conduct holds at the conclusion of the final semester of enrollment.
  • 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..

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.

Students with financial and/or conduct holds will not receive a diploma and will not be able to obtain a copy of their transcript until the hold(s) is/are released.  If a financial or conduct hold is in place, the University will not respond to requests for verification of graduation status on the graduate’s behalf.


Implemented: January 2015

Bachelor Degrees for Students in Professional Programs

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Effective with first-year (U1) students entering USciences in the fall 2008 (Catalog Year 2008) all students in professional programs (doctor of pharmacy, doctor of physical therapy, doctor of occupational 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, doctor of occupational 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.


Graduation Honors

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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.


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