Application for Graduation
Mount Ida College has three graduation dates each year in September, January, and May respectively. A formal Commencement ceremony is conducted once each year in May. All eligible students are required to file an application for graduation with the Office of the Registrar according to the following deadlines:
- May graduation - filing deadline: March 1
- September graduation - filing deadline: July 1
- January graduation - filing deadline: December 1
With respect to the May graduation date, students who are eligible to apply are those (1) who are within two courses of completing all requirements for their degree at the end of the spring semester and (2) who have a CGPA of at least 2.00. Students who are within two courses of completing their degree and have a CGPA of 2.00 or higher may attend graduation and participate in the ceremonies, though they will not actually graduate until their requirements are complete, at which time they must reapply for the next graduation date. Students in this category are not eligible for honors until all requirements for the degree are completed. They must complete their remaining courses no later than the end of the following semester. With respect to the September and January graduation dates, eligible students are those who have completed all requirements for their degree with a CGPA of at least 2.00 prior to the date of graduation.
Steps Involved in Clearance for Graduation
At the beginning of the fall semester, students expecting to graduate in May should meet with their academic advisor to review their academic plan. This will allow for course selection planning and/or class schedule adjustments, as appropriate, to ensure that requirements for the degree are met.
In May, after spring semester grades have been posted, the Office of the Registrar conducts a final review of potential graduates to determine if all degree requirements have been met. Students who withdraw from, fail, and/or have Incomplete grades in required spring semester classes such that they are no longer within two courses of completing their degree and/or no longer have a CGPA of 2.00 or higher after spring grades are processed do not meet the eligibility requirements for filing an application for graduation and are not eligible to participate in the Commencement ceremony.
Students may not participate in more than one Commencement ceremony for any one degree.
Requirements for Graduation
Students who have satisfied all program of study requirements and all degree level and residency requirements and who have met all financial obligations of the College are candidates for graduation at Commencement. Attending the graduation ceremony does not ensure that students have met the requirements and graduated from Mount Ida College.
- Bachelor degree candidates: The degree of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Liberal Studies or Bachelor of Science is awarded to those candidates who have met all requirements of their program with a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher. As a general rule, a minimum of 120-122 college-level credits is required for a bachelor degree. Most baccalaureate programs at Mount Ida College require 120. Some programs require more than 120 credits.
- Associate degree candidates: The degree of Associate in Arts or Associate in Science is awarded to those candidates who have met all requirements of their program with a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher. A minimum of 60-62 college-level credits is required for an associate degree. Most associate degree programs at Mount Ida College require 62; some programs require more than 62 credits.
- Residency Requirements: All degree candidates must earn at least 30 credits in academic courses at Mount Ida College to qualify for any one degree from the College - i.e., B.A., B.L.S., B.S., A.A. or A.S. It is the student’s responsibility to make certain that all academic requirements are met not only for progression to sophomore, junior, or senior status, but also for eligibility for graduation.
Waiver of Residency Requirement: Students may request a waiver to the requirement for 30 credits in residence through the Office of Academic Affairs. Waivers will be considered on a case-by-case basis in conjunction with the appropriate School Dean or Department Chair. Students must in all cases complete at least 25% of their academic credits at Mount Ida College, including the majority of the intermediate and advanced coursework in the student’s academic program.
Note: Developmental courses, physical education/recreational activity electives, and other special interest courses do not count towards the academic credits required for graduation.
Students who graduate from associate or bachelor degree programs with high cumulative grade point averages are awarded honors as follows:
- Summa cum Laude
- Magna cum Laude
- Cum Laude
3.80 - 4.00
3.67 - 3.79
3.33 - 3.66
Students are not eligible for graduation honors until they have completed all academic requirements for their degree. Graduation honors are based on the cumulative grade point average (CGPA) over the student’s entire academic career at Mount Ida College. Thus, for students who complete an associate degree at the College and then continue for a bachelor degree, graduation honors for the baccalaureate degree are based on the comprehensive CGPA inclusive of grades earned in course work for both degrees.