Deadlines to Petition to Graduate
Graduation Petitions must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office by this date:
|Deadline||October 24, 2013||March 27, 2014
How to Petition to Graduate
1. Obtain a “Petition for Candidacy for a Degree” form from the Registrar's Office or here. This is also known as a graduation petition.
2. Complete the graduation petition by including your name, address, student id number, email address, etc. This information is used to order your diploma. Please be precise and complete in your answers. Indicate the semester you plan to graduate. Include your signature and provide the schedule you plan to use to compete your degree.
3. Submit the completed form to the Registrar’s Office.
4. You will be billed a $40 graduation fee when your audit is complete. You may pay
online. You will receive an email from the Registrar’s Office once your audit has
been completed. This email will go to your SPSU email account.
Most students will not need to take History 2911. However, if your US History/American Government credit was transferred in from a school that is not a University System of Georgia school or was awarded due to AP credit, you will need this course. It is a one-hour course designed to help these students meet the State of Georgia’s legislative requirement that all students have knowledge of the US Constitution and of Georgia history.
You will need to check BannerWeb to see if there have been any holds placed on your record. These holds may be for any number of reasons, some of which are parking tickets, library fines, monies owed the university, etc. These holds need to be cleared by graduation time.
You will need to make sure that no other petitions are required for you to graduate i.e. Course Substitution Petitions, Petitions to the Faculty, etc. These petitions, if required, must be submitted in plenty of time for them to clear before you graduate.
Taking a Class at Another University During Your Final Semester
If you are taking a class at another university during your final semester, you need to have your grade submitted ASAP. If we do not have your final grade from the other university, we cannot award your diploma. If possible, submit an official transcript to us before noon on the day that final grades are due. Since that is not always possible, you may have your professor or the school’s administration office fax us your final grade on their school letterhead and follow up with an official transcript as soon as it is possible. Our fax number is 678-915-7292. We need your final grade no later than 5 pm on the Thursday preceding commencement.
Only undergraduate baccalaureate students with at least a 3.5 GPA and at least 60 hours in residence at SPSU earn honors. Honors are awarded as follows:
Cum Laude: 3.50—3.69 GPA
Magna Cum Laude: 3.70—3.89 GPA
Summa Cum Laude: 3.90—4.0 GPA
To determine eligibility for recognition of graduation with honors at the ceremony, the student's grade point average at the end of the term prior to the graduation ceremony will be used.* After graduation, after all final grades are reported and all degree requirements are complete, honors are recalculated and will be added to diplomas and transcripts if honors are achieved.
*President's Distinguished Honor Graduate's GPA will be calculated prior to the ceremony.
President’s Distinguished Honor Graduate
The President’s Distinguished Honor Graduate is the person who is graduating in a given semester who has the highest GPA and the most hours in residency at SPSU.
Walking But Not Graduating
Due to varying circumstances, we sometimes have students who are not actually completing their degree requirements, but would like to participate in the graduation ceremony. If you would like to do this, please contact the Registrar’s Office.