There is no introduction for this policy and procedure.
II. Policy and Procedure Statement
APPLICATION FOR THE DEGREE (Undergraduate Only)
Each student must make an application for his/her degree no later than the filing date specified in the academic calendar. The application may be submitted through the Office of the Registrar. The diploma and transcript will reflect the term in which all requirements were completed, and the diploma will be mailed to the student’s address of record.
COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES (Undergraduate and Graduate)
Students completing their degree requirements in May participate in the May ceremony. Students completing degrees in a summer term, as well as those completing in December, participate in the December ceremony. Undergraduate students who wish to attend commencement must attend the ceremony within their college; graduate students (including certificates) who wish to attend commencement must attend the Graduate School ceremony. All students must have a valid UNC Charlotte ID or a government issued photo ID and their UNC Charlotte ID number to participate in commencement.
TEACHER LICENSURE (Undergraduate or Graduate)
Students who have completed degree requirements and obtained passing scores on appropriate exit tests (e.g., Principles of Teaching and Learning, Praxis II Subject Assessments) must apply for licensure through the Teacher Education Advising and Licensure (TEAL) Office in the College of Education. TEAL will process and submit application packets including Praxis scores, final transcripts, and required fees to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI). Licenses are mailed directly to applicants by NCDPI.
COMMENCEMENT MARSHALS (Undergraduate Only)
At each commencement ceremony, the University honors the juniors with the highest grade point averages by inviting them to serve as the marshals who lead the processions of graduates, faculty members, and the platform party. To select students for this honor, the University considers juniors who have completed 75 credit hours of degree work, enrolled full-time (12 or more credit hours per semester) during the two most recent semesters, and are able to attend the ceremony.
- Commencement (also known as Graduation) – A formal ceremony in which the University awards degrees to graduating students at the end of each Fall and Spring semester.
- Degree – Diploma or title awarded to a student who completed a prescribed course of study.
- Registrar – The official at the University who is responsible for maintaining student records. The Office of the Registrar plans and oversees registration, academic record maintenance, transcript preparation, graduation, a degree audit report system, and curricular records.
- Semester or Term – A period of study of approximately 16 weeks, usually half of the academic year (i.e., Fall and Spring semesters). The Fall semester begins in August and the Spring semester begins in January at UNC Charlotte. There are summer terms as well: one ten-week and two five-week terms.
IV. Policy Contact(s)
- Authority: Faculty Council
- Responsible Office: Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
- Additional Contact(s): Office of the Registrar
- Revised: June 6, 2012 [Removed phrase "Degrees are awarded at commencement exercises held at the end of the Fall and Spring semesters."]
- Reviewed: January 25, 2017 [Reviewed by FAPSC under five-year review]
- Revised: August 28, 2019 [Added information about Commencement Ceremonies attendance]
VI. Related Policies, Procedures and Resources
VII. Frequently Asked Questions
- Which students are covered under this policy and procedure? This policy and procedure applies to all undergraduate and graduate students at UNC Charlotte.