The University has three possible graduation dates each year:
Please NOTE: There is only one Commencement ceremony each year and it is in May. Click here to learn more about the Commencement ceremony.
To correctly apply to graduate in Webcat, you must select the term that corresponds to the semester in which you will have completed all of your degree requirements:
Students must Apply to Graduate at the beginning of their final semester of study.
Forms may be filed electronically through MyUNH / Webcat. The deadline for filing is 30 days after the start of the semester (which is also the last day to drop classes for the semester).
If you are unable to file electronically through Webcat, please contact the Academic Counseling Office for more information on how to file through a paper form.
When you apply to graduate, you are informing the Academic Counseling Office of the term you expect to complete all of your degree requirements. This is not the same as participating in the May Commencement ceremony. You must apply to graduate at the beginning of your final semester or you will not be reviewed for graduation.
Apply to graduate on Webcat (Student Records> Graduation> Apply to Graduate) by following these steps
You may view your application to graduate on Webcat (Student Records> Graduation> View Application to Graduate) at any time after you file it.
Once you have applied to graduate on Webcat you will not be able to change your intended date of graduation in Webcat. If you need to change your intended graduation date, please contact the Academic Counseling Office.
Roughly four weeks after the date of graduation, check your Academic Transcript on Webcat (Student Records> Transcript> Academic Transcript) and look at DEGREES AWARDED. When you see the “Degree Date” has the date of your graduation, you will know that you are graduated. If you do not see a date of graduation then our office has most likely been in touch with you to resolve the situation.
Below are the most common problems students encounter at graduation time. This is not an exhaustive list but it is intended to help you monitor your own progress toward graduation. Always check with your faculty advisor or the Academic Counseling Office if you have questions.
1. Total number of credits. Students need 64 credits in the associate degree and 128 in the bachelor degree. This can sometimes confuse transfer students. UNH accepts credits from other schools as they appear on the transcript. In other words, we don’t take a three credit course from another school and increase it to four credits.
The only time UNH appears to alter a credit award from another school is when the other school operates on a system other than semester hours. In that case, the UNH Manchester Office of Admissions converts the other school’s credits to semester hours. This is a fairly rare occurrence.
300-level courses do not count toward graduation from a bachelor degree.
2. Repeated courses. Watch out for repeated courses. Every once in a while, a student takes a course a second time because s/he doesn’t remember taking it before! Students can earn credit for the course only once. The grade earned the second time replaces the grade earned the first time, even if the second grade is lower.
Pay special attention to courses that may have originally been offered as special topics courses and are subsequently converted to permanently numbered and titled courses.
3. Number of credits in the major. Most majors specify a minimum number of credits that must be earned in the major. Transfer students need to be particularly careful. If students transfer in a 3 credit course, most majors require them to make up the credit IN THE MAJOR. Check the rule for your own major.
4. Discovery requirements (Applies to freshmen admitted fall 2010 and after and transfer students admitted fall 2011 and after. There are three requirements you should pay special attention to:
5. General education requirements. (Applies to freshmen admitted prior to fall 2010 and to transfer students admitted prior to fall 2011). There are two to watch here.
6. The foreign language requirement. Students can’t take the beginning level of a language (401-402) if they had two or more years of that language in high school; they must take an intermediate level course (503). If it has been a while since you last had the language in high school, you may need to take a review course (SPAN or FREN 403) first. You will earn elective credit for SPAN or FREN 403. Then you may go on to the 503 level to fill the foreign language requirement. You must take a placement test to enter a language course beyond the elementary level. Tests can be taken online at any time- contact the Academic Counseling Office for more information.
The exception is that if it has been longer than 5 years, students can go back to the beginning. If you have questions about your eligibility to take the elementary level, check with your faculty advisor or with Academic Counseling.
7. Achievement standards in major. Most majors have some sort of individual grade and GPA standard in the major – usually C or C- in major courses with an overall average of 2.0 in major courses. Some majors, like Sign Language, have higher standards. Check the standard for your major.
8. Overall GPA. All students must have at least a 2.0 cumulative gpa in order to graduate.
9. Several majors (Business, History, Humanities, Biology, CIS) have self-designed concentrations. These concentrations are developed in consultation with the faculty advisor in the major. In order to be certified for graduation, the faculty advisor must approve the concentration. Each major has a form to be filled out and signed by the faculty advisor and returned to the Academic Counseling Office.
10. Minors. If you believe you have completed the requirements for a minor you must fill out a certification of completion of minor form no later than the middle of your last semester. The form must be signed by your major advisor and the minor supervisor, then returned to Academic Counseling. Make sure to check the requirements for the minor. There is usually a minimum grade, some sort of distribution requirement across levels of courses and under no conditions may a student “double count” more than 8 credits in the major and the minor. Minor requirements can be found in the online catalog. Certification of completion of minor forms.
11. Incompletes. Students can’t graduate with an incomplete (IC) on their records. If you have an incomplete grade in a course at the time final grades are posted you must file a new intent to graduate form for the following semester.
12. Honors at Graduation. Honors at graduation are different from semester honors. To graduate with honors, bachelor degree students must have earned 64 GRADED UNH credits. Associate degree students need 32 GRADED UNH credits. Information about honors at graduation is included with the graduation review mailing.
Baccalaureate degree candidates who have earned honors for their entire work at the University will be graduated with honors based on the final cumulative grade-point average, provided that a minimum of 64 graded semester hours has been completed in University of New Hampshire courses. The Latin equivalent of the honors classification will appear on the student's academic record and diploma.
Associate degree candidates who have earned honors for their entire work at the University will be graduated with honors based on the final cumulative grade-point average, provided that a minimum of 32 graded semester hours has been completed in University of New Hampshire courses. The English equivalent of the honors classification will appear on the student's academic record and diploma.
Beginning with those graduating in December 2015 (regardless of year of admission) the standards for honors at graduation will be as follows:
3.50 – 3.64 honors/cum laude
3.65 – 3.84 high honors/magna cum laude
3.85 – 4.00 highest honors/summa cum laude
Every three years after that, the honors gpas will be recalibrated to reflect the top 5%, 15% and 25% across all colleges of the University.
Note: CR/F and P/F courses are not graded courses for purposes of honors designation.
13. Diplomas. Final graduation certification takes place after final semester grades are posted. Diplomas are mailed approximately 8-12 weeks later. The ordering of diplomas is handled through the Graduation Office in Durham. Students who have Financial Aid Exit Counseling holds or who owe the university money will not have their diplomas ordered until the holds have been cleared. When you have taken care of a hold on your account, please notify the Graduation Office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org so that they can order your diploma.
14. Commencement. Please note that “walking” in the Commencement ceremony does not mean you have graduated. Graduating is an academic action which takes place only after successful completion of all UNH degree requirements. Commencement is a ceremony managed by our Public Programs Coordinator, Julie Demers. Your actual graduation is processed by the Academic Counseling Office. For information about the Commencement ceremony, visit: http://manchester.unh.edu/commencement.
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