Graduation

Graduation

To graduate, students must meet all College and departmental requirements as described in this catalog. Where it is applicable, students must also meet certain specific academic requirements as posted by academic departments.

Graduation Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees

Graduation is contingent on the following:

  1. Compliance with the regulations of the New York State Education Department specifying at least 25 percent of the total credits in the liberal arts and sciences for each kind of degree conferred.
  2. Satisfactory completion of the required credits for the program, including all required courses, plus a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.5.
  3. A minimum of 50% of the required course credits for a major must be earned at Fei Tian College.

Graduation with a second baccalaureate degree requires completion of a minimum of 30 semester credits in addition to those required for the first degree and completion of all requirements for the second degree. If a student received the first baccalaureate degree from another accredited institution of higher education, 30 hours in residence are required to fulfill the requirement for the second baccalaureate degree.

Graduation Honors for Baccalaureate Degrees

Seniors who have maintained a record of exceptional achievement during the duration of their degree program may be recognized with an honors designation upon graduation. The three levels of recognition include distinction, high distinction, and highest distinction. Specific criteria to graduate with honors are established by each department, which will rank its graduating students accordingly.

Graduation Requirements for Master’s Degrees

Graduation is contingent on the following:

  1. Continuous registration.
  2. Completion of at least one academic year of full-time graduate level study, or its equivalent in part-time study, in residence. This residency requirement may be adjusted with special permission from the graduate chair of the department.
  3. Fulfillment of all program requirements, including completion of a master’s project, within five years of initial enrollment.
  4. Maintenance of at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) and major GPA.

Application to Graduate

Fulfilling graduation requirements and formally applying to graduate is each student’s responsibility. Candidates for graduation must file an application to graduate with the Office of Admissions and Records in their penultimate semester of study. To ensure that all program requirements will be met, students should review their degree audit and make an appointment with their academic advisor at the Office of Academic Services.

Participation in Commencement Exercises

Commencement exercises are normally held in May of each year. Participation in commencement exercises is limited to students in good standing who either (1) have completed all graduation requirements since the previous commencement or (2) are within no more than 2 courses or 6 credits of the total required for graduation and are registered to complete these the following semester.