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The University of Delaware confers degrees at the end of the fall, spring, winter and summer sessions. Commencement ceremonies are held in May.

Commencement Program listings reflect information available approximately 6 weeks before the ceremony. The May Commencement Program includes the names of those students who completed degree requirements in the previous summer, fall and winter and those expected to complete degree requirements in the upcoming spring and summer. For more information regarding Commencement, please visit the Office of the Vice President and University Secretary's Commencement site.

For specific degree conferral dates, see the Academic Calendar section of this web site.

Periodic mailings concerning graduation are sent by the University Vice President and Secretary to students in their last semester. If you are not receiving graduation mailings please contact Registrar or call (831-2113). Caps and gowns, invitations, diploma frames and other graduation related items are available through the university bookstore.

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Graduation Requirements

As noted in the Academic Catalog, "Upon degree conferral, the academic record is finalized and no further changes (addition of a minor, grade change) may be made."

Graduate Degree Candidates

To initiate the process for a master's or doctoral degree, candidates must submit an Application for Advanced Degree to the Office of Graduate and Professional Education. The application deadlines are February 15 for Spring candidates, January 15 for Winter candidates, May 15 for Summer candidates, and September 15 for Fall candidates. The application must be signed by the candidate's adviser and department chair and/or graduate program director before it is submitted to the Office of Graduate and Professional Education.

Review the Graduate & Professional Education Step by Step Graduation Guide. Questions should be directed to gradoffice@udel.edu. Contact the Graduate Studies Office at (302) 831-8697, about the proper procedures for completing graduation requirements.

Undergraduate Degree Candidates

See Academic Requirements for Graduation in the Academic Catalog.

In addition to the academic requirements of the particular curriculum chosen each student must complete the following general requirements:

    • The attainment of a scholastic average of C (cumulative index of 2.0) in all work taken at the University.
    • The satisfaction of the residence requirement by completing either the first 90 credits or 30 of the last 36 credits at the University of Delaware.
    • All necessary transfer credit must be posted before a student can graduate. It is the students responsibility to ensure that the university has received the transfer credit from other institutions.
    • One semester of Freshmen English (ENGL 110), completed with a minimum grade of C-.
    • Three credits in an approved course or courses stressing multi-cultural, ethnic, and/or gender related content. This course may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.
Senior Checkout

Seniors are expected to go through a senior checkout before graduation. The senior checkout is to ensure the student will meet academic requirements for graduation. Each college has its own rules regarding when senior checkout is to be done. Students should contact their Student Service / Assistant Dean's office about senior checkout no later than the beginning of their senior year.

Undergraduates who are expecting to graduate a different date than is listed in their academic records should contact their Student Service / Assistant Dean's office.



Academic Honors - Undergraduate Degrees

The following rules for honors apply:

    • Summa Cum Laude. The top 1 percent of each undergraduate college's graduating class for an academic year will receive the degree Summa Cum Laude.
    • Magna Cum Laude. The next 4 percent of each undergraduate college's graduating class will receive the degree Magna Cum Laude.
    • Cum Laude. The next highest 8 percent of each undergraduate college's graduating class will receive the degree Cum Laude.

Academic Honors - 2014-15

The Summer (2145), Fall (2148), Winter (2151) and Spring (2153) graduation honors degree
minimum grade point averages are as follows:
COLLEGE: Summa Magna Cum
Agricultural Sciences 3.979 3.743 3.610
Arts and Sciences/ Earth, Ocean & Environment 3.949 3.857 3.705
Business and Economics 3.934 3.799 3.633
Engineering 3.952 3.859 3.726
Health Sciences 3.962 3.829 3.662
Education and Human Development 3.929 3.878 3.771