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Advising Handbook

Degree Complete

December Degree Dates

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 Arts, Sciences and Engineering Commencement.

Degree Complete Status

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 so that they will get information about 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 (CCAS) 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 then only if 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.

Unfinished Requirements

Students who declared “degree complete” status for the spring semester but did not finish their requirements in the fall as planned should contact the CCAS to discuss options for the spring semester. These options will differ depending on what and how students complete the final requirements:

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