Graduation FAQs

When is the commencement ceremony?

CSP celebrates its graduates with a commencement ceremony every May. Generally, students completing degrees in fall, spring and summer terms of an academic year are eligible to participate in the ceremony. The tentative ceremony dates for May 2016 are Friday, May 6 for traditional/ daytime undergraduate students and Saturday, May 7 for cohort/ adult undergraduate and graduate students. 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 typically due from instructors one week after the last day of class. After that, it can take 1-2 weeks for the registrar’s office to review student files and award degrees. You can continually check your unofficial transcript on CSP Connect to see if your degree has been awarded. Once all students have been awarded for the term, all graduates will receive an emailed completion letter and one free electronic transcript. Diplomas are printed monthly, and you can expect yours 2-4 weeks after your degree is awarded.

When should I apply for graduation/ program completion?

Traditional undergraduate (daytime/ on campus) students should apply for graduation after completing 80 credits and are required to apply after completing 90 credits. Once you have applied, you may be contacted to schedule a graduation evaluation/ degree audit. A registration hold may be placed on your account until you have met with the registrar's office if you do not respond to this email and meet the stated deadlines.

Cohort adult undergraduate (evening/ online) students should apply for graduation after completing 80 credits. Once you have applied, you must submit a Degree Completion Plan to your advisor, which will list your plan for fulfilling your remaining requirements. You will be eligible to participate in the May commencement ceremony if all of your requirements will be completed by August 31 of that year.

Graduate students should apply for graduation and are eligible to participate in the May commencement ceremony if their program requirements will be completed by August 31 of that year.

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 May commencement ceremony.

How do I apply for graduation/ program completion?

You can find the Application for Graduation/ Program Completion on CSP Connect under the Advising and Student Resources tab in the Graduation channel.  Cohort adult undergraduate students will also find the link to the Degree Completion Plan here. Click here for more detailed instructions.

I am not planning to participate in the May commencement ceremony.  Do I still need to apply?

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

What is a graduation evaluation/ degree audit?

This is an opportunity for traditional/ daytime students to meet with the registrar’s office and review all requirements for graduation, including general education requirements, major and/ or minor requirements and overall degree requirements. Your advisor will typically review all of these items with you, but this meeting is a way to double check and confirm all requirements so there are no surprises or delays when it is time to review your file and award your degree. You must have submitted an application for graduation/ program completion in order to have a graduation evaluation meeting. (Graduate students are not required to meet for an audit and cohort/ adult undergraduates submit a Degree Completion Plan in lieu of a meeting.)

How long does an evaluation/audit take?

The meeting should take about 10 to 20 minutes, depending on your unique situation.

Why do I have a Graduation/ Registration hold?

If you have been contacted to schedule a graduation evaluation/ degree audit meeting and have not responded, a registration hold will be placed on your account until the meeting occurs. 

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 64 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 63 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 complete 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.

What will appear on my diploma?

The graduation 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 earned your degree. 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.

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. Who can I contact?

Please email us at registrar@csp.edu.