Graduation FAQs

When is the commencement ceremony?

CSP celebrates its graduates with a Commencement Ceremony every May and December.  The May 2018 dates are Friday, May 4 for traditional/ daytime undergraduate students and Saturday, May 5 for cohort/ adult undergraduate and graduate students. The December 2018 ceremony dates have yet to be determined.  Specific ceremony times and other details will be posted on the commencement site, so please watch for updates.

I finished my last class, when will my transcript show I’ve earned my degree and when will I get my diploma?

Grades are due from instructors one week after the last day of the term.  After grades are rolled and posted on your official transcript, it will take an additional week or two for the Registrar’s Office to review your file and award your degree. You can continually check your unofficial transcript on CSP Connect or degree audit to see if your degree has been awarded.  Two to four weeks after your degree is awarded, you can expect your official completion letter via email with details on obtaining your diploma and a complementary degree completion transcript. 

When should I apply for program completion?

Traditional undergraduate (daytime/ on campus) students should apply for completion one semester prior to completing all degree requirements, or when prompted to do so by the Registrar's Office. Once you have applied, you may be contacted by your Academic Advisor or the Registrar's Office to submit a Student Education Plan (SEP). A registration hold may be placed on your account until you have applied for program completion and/or submitted a SEP Plan.

Cohort adult undergraduate (evening/ online) students should apply for completion once they are registered for all remaining degree requirements. Once you have applied, you may be contacted by your Academic  Advisor or the Registrar's Office to submit a Student Education Plan (SEP). A registration hold may be placed on your account until you have applied for program completion and/or submitted your SEP Plan.

Graduate students should apply for program completion prior to the start of their final semester of classes. A registration hold may be placed on your account if you do not respond to prompts to apply for program completion.

Licensure and Certificate students should apply for program completion before completing their final class. Please note that licensure-only and certificate-only completers do not participate in the Commencement Ceremony.

How do I apply for program completion?

You can find the Application for Program Completion on CSP Connect under the Advising and Student Resources tab in the Graduation channel.  Undergraduate students will also find instructions for completing a SEP Plan here.

I am not planning to participate in the Commencement Ceremony.  Do I still need to apply?

YES!  All students need to submit an application for program completion, even if not participating in commencement. The application is what prompts the Registrar’s Office to review your file for completion and award your degree, licensure, or certificate.

Why do I have a Graduation/ Registration hold?

If you have been contacted to apply for program completion and have not done so, or if you have applied but have not submitted your SEP Plan to your advisor, a registration hold may be placed on your account. 

What are the requirements for honors?

Only undergraduate degree-completing students are eligible to earn honors.  Graduate students are not eligible as they must maintain a 3.0 GPA to remain in their program.

Undergraduate students who complete 60 or more credits at CSP and meet the following GPA requirements will earn Latin honors:

3.6 - 3.74     Cum Laude
3.75 - 3.89   Magna Cum Laude
3.9 - 4.0       Summa Cum Laude

Undergraduate students who complete 59 or fewer credits at CSP and meet the following GPA requirements will earn honors:

3.75 - 3.89  with Distinction
3.9 - 4.0      with High Distinction

Honors listed in the commencement program will be estimated if your degree is not yet awarded and may change based on your final grades and cumulative GPA when your degree is awarded. The honors earned, if any, at the time your degree is awarded will be printed on your transcript and diploma. If your degree is awarded after the commencement ceremony and your estimated honors changed, you may request to exchange your medallion or pin by contacting the Registrar's Office at 651-641-8233 or

What will appear on my diploma?

The award date on your diploma will coincide with the term in which you complete your program requirements and your degree is awarded. It may not be the same date as your Commencement Ceremony. 

In some cases, the date on your diploma may be later than the date that you have actually “graduated” or completed your degree requirements. If your employer or another third party requires verification that your degree is valid because of the date differential, the Registrar's Office can write a letter to verify that your degree has been earned.  Please see the "Enrollment & Degree Verification" page to submit this request. 

CSP diplomas list the degree earned and honors earned, if any. Your diploma will not list your major(s) or minor(s).

I still have questions. Whom can I contact?

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