Graduation FAQs | Langston University

Graduation FAQs

Graduation FAQs

Q: Is my degree conferred when I walk in commencement?
A: No, the Office of the Registrar will complete a final review to confirm all course requirements were met before the degree is conferred. Please allow for 2-4 weeks for degrees to be conferred.

Q: When will my transcript indicate my degree is awarded?
A: All degrees are conferred in the order they were submitted to the Office of the Registrar. Allow 2-4 weeks for your degree statement to be posted to your academic transcript after end of term processing is complete.

Q: I only see my scholastic honors on my transcript, but not on my diploma. Why is it not listed on my diploma?
A: Langston University only places scholastic honors, minors, and concentrations on official transcripts. Scholastic honors, minors, and concentrations are not listed on the diploma.

Q: I did not receive academic honors, but made all “A’s” letter grades at Langston and had a 3.0 GPA. My transfer work did include one “D,” but why did I not receive scholastic honors?
A: Scholastic honors are awarded each semester to those full-time students who maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.00 with no grade below a "C." Students who maintain a grade average of 4.00 (all grades "A") are eligible for membership in the President's Honor Cabinet. Honors are awarded the bachelor's degree for excellent performance in all areas of study. To receive the following honors, a student must have no grade below a "C" in all college work, transfer hours included. Cum Laude Grade point average of 3.00 to 3.39, Magna Cum Laude Grade point average of 3.40 to 3.69, and Summa Cum Laude Grade point average of 3.70 to 4.00. With Distinction Awarded to students who graduate with a grade point average of 3.00 or higher and did not complete a minimum of 45 upper-division hours at Langston University. Note: Repeats, academic reprieves, and academic renewals are not excluded from this policy. (See Course Catalog).

Q: What is the maximum number of hours I can have remaining to participate in the commencement ceremony?
A: The maximum amount of hours a student may have remaining to complete is 9 hours.

Q: Are the only requirements I must meet for my degree to be conferred the course requirements for my degree?
A: No, there are specific requirements set by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and Langston University and any specific program that students must meet also. The Office of the Registrar confirms that the student has met all requirements before conferring a degree. (See Course Catalog). As a reminder, the Office of the Registrar makes the final determination for degree conferral.

Q: How long does it take to receive a preliminary graduation review?
A: If the graduation application deadline was met a student will receive a preliminary review in 6-8 weeks. If the student submitted their graduation application late, allow 10-12 weeks to receive a preliminary review.

Q: I did not have a $0 balance when my degree was conferred, and I paid my balance off later, do I need to contact the Office of the Registrar to let them know I paid my bill?
A: Yes, you will need to contact the Office of the Registrar to inform them that you have a zero balance. If the Office of the Registrar is not contacted we will not know if the student paid their balance in full, so their diploma cannot be ordered.

Q: When will I receive my diploma?
A: 6-8 weeks after your degree is conferred and it will be mailed to the address on your Graduation Application.

Q: What happens if the student misses the transfer transcript deadline?
A: Their degree will not be conferred, they must re-apply for graduation, pay the $25 application fee, and must meet the new transfer transcript deadline for the corresponding semester the student is applying for graduation.

Q: Is there a deadline to clear an “I” for my degree to be conferred for the term I am applying for graduation?
A: Yes, an “I” must be cleared by the same deadline as the transfer transcript deadline. If this deadline is missed the student must re-apply for graduation.

Q: What are the requirements for graduation?
A: Potential candidates scheduled to complete their Academic program for Fall 2021, Spring 2022, or Summer 2022 can submit an application to be considered to participate in the commencement ceremony for Spring 2022. A candidate must have less than 9 hours to complete by Summer 2022. Students must have a zero balance in order to participate in the Graduation Ceremony by March 1, 2022. Please contact the Office of Enrollment Management to schedule a meeting to request any accommodations prior to March 1, 2022.

Q: When can I submit for degree review?
A: Once you earn 90 semester hours, you may submit a degree review check to see what courses are remaining in order to complete your undergraduate degree requirements.

Q: What if I am currently enrolled in another institution or would like to complete my remaining hours elsewhere?
A: If you wish to complete classes at another institution while enrolled at Langston University or complete your last hours at another institution, you must obtain prior permission from your advisor and the Dean of the department for your program of study. You also must obtain permission from the Vice President of Academic Affairs if the course(s) will be an overload. Please complete the request on a Dual Enrollment Form and submit it to Registrar’s Office.

Q: When is my degree conferred and is there a fee?
A: To the candidates, your degree is not conferred until after grades have been received and processed by the Registrar's Office. IF for some reason you do not complete your requirements at the time you filed for graduation, you will need to complete another degree application and change the date to the semester you expect to graduate. A $25 application fee will incur with these requests.

Q: What if I am graduating with honors?
A: Honors are awarded the bachelor's degree for excellent performance in all areas of study. To receive the following honors, a student must have no grade below a "C" in all college work, transfer hours included. With Distinction Awarded to students who graduate with a grade point average of 3.00 or higher and did not complete a minimum of 45 upper-division hours at Langston University. Those students transferring from an Oklahoma junior college may graduate with the same honors as a four-year resident student.

Q: What are the GPA requirements to qualify for honors?
A: Cum Laude Grade point average of 3.00 to 3.39; Magna Cum Laude Grade point average of 3.40 to 3.69; and Summa Cum Laude Grade point average of 3.70 to 4.00.

Q: How do I apply for graduation?
A: The graduation application form is available in the Registrar's Office or can be printed online at click here to access the graduation application online. Click here for instructions.

Q: Will I get my actual diploma at graduation?
A:Only diploma covers will be issued at graduation. Your actual diploma will be mailed 6 to 8 weeks after degrees are conferred. Students may choose to pick up their diploma from the Registrar’s Office once ready.

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