UNC Charlotte Academic Policy and Procedure: Graduation

I. Introduction

There is no introduction for this policy and procedure.

II. Policy and Procedure Statement

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 My UNC Charlotte.  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 must complete their degree requirements in order to participate in the commencement 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.

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.

III. Definitions

  • 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 a third of the academic year (i.e., Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters).  The Fall semester begins in August, the Spring semester in January, and the Summer semester in May at UNC Charlotte.  The Summer semester generally includes one eleven-week and two five-week half terms.

IV. Policy Contact(s)

V. History

  • 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.