Office of the University Registrar

Graduation Information

Graduation Requirements | Application for Graduation
Degree/Diploma Information | Graduation Honors

Graduation Requirements

GPA Required for Graduation

Undergraduate students who have completed the minimum number of credits required by their major for graduation and attained a cumulative GPA of 2.0 must apply for graduation. Majors in the Schools of Business, Nursing, and Social Work are required to have a higher cumulative GPA for graduation, respectively 2.3, 2.5, and 2.8. Majors in Physical Education and Communication Science should refer to the Bulletin section for the School of Education for specific requirements.

Download the Adelphi application for graduation (PDF 66KB) or go to the online graduation application.

Degrees will not be conferred to students who have not applied for graduation.

Determination of Graduation Requirements
Normally, matriculated students follow the graduation requirements established in the Bulletin under which they are admitted to the University; however, students who interrupt enrollment for two or more consecutive semesters (fall and spring) are governed by the Bulletin in effect when they are readmitted. Requests for exceptions are reviewed by the appropriate academic dean.

Residence Requirements
A student must complete the final 30 credits toward a degree at Adelphi in order to be eligible for the degree.

Undergraduate students who transfer credits in excess of 64 from two-year colleges may apply only 64 of those credits toward a baccalaureate degree to be awarded by Adelphi University. (See statement regarding graded credits in section titled "Latin Honors.")

Application for Graduation

All students must apply for graduation. Students that are credit eligible for graduation, will recieve an alert when they log on to eCampus. They will then have access to the online graduation application which they can submit to start the graduation check process.

Students who have completed degree requirements but who have not applied for graduation will not receive a diploma nor will the degree be conferred.

Students whose courses do not end by the date of graduation, need to apply for the next applicable graduation date.

Students who have applied for graduation but who have been assigned Incomplete grades for course work taken in the final semester may attend the commencement exercises but will not be awarded degrees at the Commencement ceremonies. Students in this category may be awarded their degrees if the Registrar's Office receives written notifi cation of the removal of the Incomplete grade or grades prior to:
  • June 30 for May graduates;
  • September 30 for August graduates;
  • February 28/29 for January graduates.

A student is considered "graduated" when the graduation application has been filed and all academic requirements have been met. Notation of graduation will appear on the student's transcript as of that date.

Degree/Diploma Information

Conferring of Degrees

Degrees are conferred in May, August, or January. The formal conferring of degrees takes place annually at Commencement in May. Students who are within 12 credits of degree completion and will complete them by August may participate in the Commencement ceremonies but will not receive their degree until they have completed all degree requirements.

For more information, please visit the Commencement website or contact the Commencement Office, located in the University Center, Room 110.
p - 516.877.4695.

Students who are awarded degrees are mailed diplomas certifying that all degree requirements have been met. Adelphi University will not issue diplomas to students who have outstanding financial obligations with the University. Diplomas are mailed 6–8 weeks after the date of graduation.

Diploma Reorder Form (PDF 10KB)

Application Deadlines for 2014

Students expecting
to graduate in...

...must file applications by:
2014 - March 26, 2014- Last Date to Submit Graduation Applications for May 2014 to Have Name Appear in Commencement Booklet

Graduation Honors

Latin Honors
An undergraduate student may graduate with honors (cum laude) whose cumulative GPA is between 3.3 and 3.599; with high honors (magna cum laude) whose cumulative GPA is between 3.6 and 3.849; with highest honors (summa cum laude) whose cumulative GPA is 3.85 and above.

In addition to the cumulative GPA, 56 Adelphi credits of graded courses—excluding "P" grades—must be completed for a student to be considered for Latin Honors.

If a student has 56 earned hours at Adelphi but was required, for completion of the major, to take a major course offered only on a Pass/Fail basis, the student may request the Registrar to calculate the cumulative GPA (for purposes of determining Latin Honors only) based on all grades and course work taken both at Adelphi and other institutions.

Departmental or School Honors
Students graduating with the highest averages in their major may be nominated for departmental or school honors, provided that the GPA of the nominated student is 3.5 or above for courses taken in that department. A student must have completed 30 credits in a major field to be eligible for departmental or school honors.

Quick Links:
Academic Calendar Registration Transcripts
Graduation Verification of Enrollment/ Degree Granted Degree Audit

If you have any questions or comments about this page, please contact:

Office of the University Registrar
p - 516.877.3300
p - 516.877.2210 (on-campus only)
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This page was last modified on August 14, 2014.
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