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Advising Handbook

Degree Complete

Seniors who complete their degree requirements by the end of the fall semester are eligible to receive their degrees dated in December. Their diploma will be conferred in May at Commencement.

Seniors who plan to complete their studies in the fall need to declare “degree complete” status on a Change of Status form for the spring semester. This will permit them to receive notification of Commencement activities for the upcoming spring semester. No fee is charged for this status, but it is essential for accelerating students to consult with an advisor in the College Center for Advising Services to confirm that they will meet all degree requirements as well as the College's enrollment policy. The diploma is not available until Commencement in May and and all financial obligations have been met. Latin Honors, if applicable, are based on the criteria for the senior class established in the upcoming spring semester.

Students who had declared “degree complete” status for the spring semester, but did not finish their requirements in the fall as they had planned, should contact the College Center for Advising Services to discuss options for the spring semester. Options include:

  1. If a student needs to finish incomplete coursework, but does not need to register for additional classes (at UR or elsewhere), the student will be converted to “degree pending status” for the spring.
  2. If a student needs to register for additional classes at UR in the spring, he or she must request reinstatement for the spring semester in writing.
  3. If a student plans to take courses at another college and transfer the credits back to complete degree requirements at UR, the student should declare a leave of absence and pay the $60 inactive status fee.