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Undergraduate Graduation FAQ's

Graduation

  • What do I need to do when I am ready to graduate?
  • When do I apply for my degree?
  • Have I (or has my son/daughter) applied to graduate?
  • My parents want information about commencement.  Where is that information?
  • How do I indicate on the application that I am pursuing two degrees?
  • How many hours do I need to complete two degrees concurrently?
  • I have a question about meeting my major/minor requirements; who should I contact?
  • Will my major, minor or concentration appear on both my diploma and my transcript?
  • What GPA appears on my transcript?
  • Am I eligible for graduation honors?
  • Can I walk in the May or December graduation ceremony if I will complete requirements at a later date?
  • How long will it be before I receive my diploma?  To which address will my diploma be mailed?
  • What will my diploma look like?
  • How do I order a replacement or an extra copy of my diploma?
  • What if I realize that I am not going to complete degree requirements by the end of the term for which I applied?
  • What should I do if I need to transfer in the final credit(s) needed to complete my degree?

  • What do I need to do when I am ready to graduate?

     Application for a Bachelor's Degree

    If you are an undergraduate student, complete the Application for a Bachelor's Degree and submit it to your academic advisor by the deadline.  You will need to indicate the major/minor courses in which you are currently enrolled as well as the courses you plan to take during the semester in which requirements will be satisfied.

    When do I apply for my degree?

    The deadlines for submitting a graduation application can be found here.

    Have I (or has my son/daughter) applied to graduate?
    Students will receive an email, sent to their @dukes.jmu.edu email account, letting them know the Registrar's Office has received their graduation application.

    If your application was turned in to the Registrar's Office more than four weeks ago and you have not received an email, contact the Registrar’s Office at graduation@jmu.edu.

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    My parents want information about commencement.  Where is that information?

    Commencement Information 

    The University has a commencement website that gives the most indepth information regarding the graduation ceremonies which is always available.  The Office of the Registrar emails information to undergraduate students who have applied to graduate approximately one month prior to the commencement excercises. 

    How do I indicate on the application that I am pursuing two degrees?
    Check the appropriate box on the application for your first bachelor’s degree and then indicate the second degree type next to your second major. The two degree types must be different; you cannot earn two of the same type of degree.

    How many hours do I need to complete two degrees concurrently?
    Students applying for two undergraduate degrees from JMU must earn a minimum of 150 credit hours, including a minimum of 60 hours at JMU, and must complete requirements for both degree types and majors.

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    I have a question about meeting my major or minor requirements; who should I contact?
    Students with questions about meeting major or minor requirements should consult their academic advisor or another departmental representative.

    Will my major, minor, or concentration appear on both my diploma and my transcript?
    Only the degree (e.g., Bachelor of Arts) and graduation honors (if applicable) appear on the diploma. The degree(s), major(s), minor(s), and concentration(s) as well as any honors received will appear on the transcript.

    What GPA appears on my transcript?
    Your term and cumulative GPAs appear on your transcript. Major and minor GPAs are not considered a part of the official academic record and therefore do not appear on the transcript.

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    Am I eligible for graduation honors?

    Graduation with Honors

    Students who have completed at least 60 of their credit hours at JMU with a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or above are eligible for graduation with honors.  To determine whether honors apply, however, the Office of the Registrar will calculate a combined grade point average including all JMU coursework and all coursework completed at any other institution the student may have attended.  If the combined grade point average is less than 3.500, then no honors will be awarded.  Note: there is no rounding done in this process.  If the combined grade point average is equal to 3.500 or above, then honors will be awarded as follows:

    Honors
    Average
    Cum laude 3.500 - 3.699
    Magna cum laude 3.700 - 3.899
    Summa cum laude 3.900 - 4.000

    Can I walk in the May or December graduation ceremony if I will complete requirements at a later date?

    All graduation requirements must be met in the semester for which you have applied to graduate. Students may not participate in the December commencement if their requirements will be met in the coming spring semester, nor may students participate in the May commencement if their requirements will be met in the coming fall semester. Students are permitted to participate in the May ceremony if all requirements for graduation will be completed during the subsequent summer session, but the diploma will not be awarded until the end of the summer term and will be given an August confer date.

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    How long will it be before I receive my diploma?  To which address will my diploma be mailed?
    Diplomas are mailed to the home address that appears in MyMadison. Make sure that your home address information is updated in MyMadison prior to commencement to ensure that your diploma is sent to the correct address.

              If you graduate in:                              Your diploma will be mailed:
                      May                                      six to eight weeks after commencement
                      August                                  three to four weeks after summer terms ends
                      December                             six to eight weeks after commencement

    Students who want their diploma mailed to an address other than the home address may notify the Registrar’s Office by completing the Change of Diploma Address form. Diplomas will not be issued to students who have not completed all graduation requirements.

    What will my diploma look like?

    The diploma is 12x16" and is displayed horizontally (landscape).  Only the degree (e.g., Bachelor of Arts) and graduation honors (if appropriate) appear on the diploma.

    How do I order a replacement or an extra copy of my diploma?
    Contact the Office of the Registrar at 540-568-6281 or by email at graduation@jmu.edu. There is a $15 charge for replacement diplomas.

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    What if I realize that I am not going to complete degree requirements by the end of the term for which I applied?
    Send an email from your JMU email account to graduation@jmu.edu to request that your graduation application be moved to a different date.

    What should I do if I need to transfer in the final credit(s) needed to complete my degree?
    Graduation requirements include enrollment at James Madison University during the semester in which degree requirements will be met. However, students who are unable to complete their final semester in residence may request permission to take final hours at another institution by submitting a "Permission to Take Courses for Transfer Credit" form to the office of the Dean of their major college. The forms are available at the following website: http://www.jmu.edu/registrar/forms.


    For questions concerning the graduation process for undergraduate students, please contact the Office of the Registrar at (540)568-6281, Warren Hall Room 504, or by e-mail at graduation@jmu.edu.

    For questions concerning the graduation process for graduate students, please contact The Graduate School at (540)568-6131 or by email at grad@jmu.edu.

    For questions concerning the commencement ceremony, please contact the Office of University Events at (540)568-5180, JMAC 2, or by e-mail at universityevents@jmu.edu.