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Baccalaureate and Graduate Degree Information

Baccalaureate Degree Information

Overhead view of CSULB Commencement

Graduation

Dates and Requests to Graduate

The university awards degrees at the end of each of four terms in a year: January (work completed at the end of Winter session); May or June (end of the Spring semester); August (end of Summer Session); and December (end of the Fall semester.)

Seniors and graduate students who expect to receive degrees or Certificates at the end of any semester, winter or summer session must complete the Request to Graduate form and/or Certificate form well in advance. The appropriate request for Spring or Summer candidates must be filed by the preceding October 15; and for Fall or Winter candidates, by the preceding March 1, at the Office of Enrollment Services. The names of candidates who file within these deadlines will appear in the Commencement Program published each Spring. Publication of names in the program does not constitute graduation from the university. Credential students should apply in the Credential Processing Office, located in the Graduate School of Education by February 1 for December completion and by October 1 for Spring and Summer sessions.

Requests to graduate submitted later than the deadline will be processed after those submitted on time. The degree will be granted once all requirements have been completed, but the student’s name will not be printed in the Commencement Program.

Completion of Records and Requirements

Prior to receiving a degree, students are responsible for the following:

• Insuring that the university has received official transcripts of all work completed at other institutions. If graduation depends on any classes taken outside CSULB during the final semester or session, the transcript must be submitted by the announced date, approximately one month after the official graduation date.

• Completing all requirements for the degree, including the minimum number of units. Units will not be counted toward the minimum if they are above the acceptable total in certain categories, as listed in the degree requirements, or if they are a repetition of a course for which credit has already been counted. Any substitutions or waivers of course requirements must be submitted by the advisor.

• Completing all “in progress” and “Incomplete” courses that are to be completed. No additional work may be completed after the degree is awarded. No grade can be changed after the degree is awarded, except for a change resulting from a grade appeal. Any Incomplete remaining on the record as of the graduation date will be counted as if it were an “F,” with units attempted but no grade points earned, unless the instructor has specified on the Incomplete form that some other grade be recorded.

Degree Clearing

Final review of records begins three weeks after final exams in the student’s last term. If all degree requirements are complete, the degree and any honors are added to the transcript. The transcript is the official verification of the degree.

It is the student's responsibility to submit records of all changes in the record no later than the last day of the final semester or session. Such materials include transcripts from other institutions and amendments, substitutions, waivers, and grade changes.

Honors for Undergraduate Students

I. Graduation with Honors

A. Latin Honors

The following grade-point average (GPA) criteria are used to identify undergraduate students eligible for the honors specified:

  • 1. equal to or greater than 3.950 graduated summa cum laude,
  • 2. equal to or greater than 3.750 but less than 3.950 graduated magna cum laude, and
  • 3. equal to or greater than 3.500 but less than 3.750 graduated cum laude.

An undergraduate student may be considered eligible for honors at graduation provided that a minimum of 45 units are earned at California State University, Long Beach. For the first baccalaureate degree, the GPA shall be determined from units earned at CSULB plus transferred units. For the second baccalaureate degree, the GPA shall be determined only by courses taken after the first degree was awarded that are also required by the second major.

B. Departmental Honors

With the approval of the dean of the college, departments may elect to award departmental honors to their graduates based on GPA and/or other criteria determined by the department. The number of honors awarded by a department shall be limited to three students or five percent of graduates, whichever is larger.

C. Notification

University honors will be noted on the diploma and transcript. Departmental honors will be noted on the transcript only.

II. Honor Lists

Undergraduate students exhibiting outstanding scholastic achievement are honored by being included on the president's or dean's list. A certificate will be issued for each semester in which the student receives this honor.

A. President's List

Students will be placed on the President's List to honor them for academic achievement each semester in which they complete 12 or more graded course units with a semester GPA equal to or greater than 3.750. Students earning fewer than 12 graded course units per semester will be placed on the President's List in the spring semester of the academic year in which they accumulate 12 or more graded course units with an academic year GPA equal to or greater than 3.750.

B. Dean's List

Students will be placed on the dean's list to honor them for academic achievement each semester in which they complete 12 or more graded course units with a semester GPA equal to or greater than 3.500 but less than 3.750. Students earning fewer than 12 graded course units per semester will be placed on the Dean's List in the spring semester of the academic year in which they accumulate 12 or more graded course units with an academic year GPA equal to or greater than 3.500 but less than 3.750.

Timely Graduation for Undergraduate Students

In order to provide access to the university’s undergraduate major and minor programs for as many qualified students as possible, this policy is established to ensure timely graduation of undergraduate students.

Students may earn up to 120% of the number of units required for the degree in their declared primary major. Any additional degree objectives (e.g., majors, minors, certificates) must be able to be completed within the additional units allowed. For the purpose of defining unit limits in this policy:

Units transferred from other institutions in excess of 60 units will be excluded from the unit limits.

Units earned by Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and other external exams, military credit, pre-baccalaureate unit credit, as well as unit credit by examination are excluded.

After earning 90 units, students may change degree objectives only if they submit a plan demonstrating that all degree objectives can be completed within the 120% unit limit applicable to the higher unit major.

Students who have not already filed to graduate by the time they have earned 100% of the units required for the degree in their declared primary major must file to graduate and submit a plan to graduate within the unit limits defined in this policy.

Students requesting an exception to the limits in this policy should file an appeal for exception to academic policy. The appeal must include a rationale and an advisor-approved plan to graduate.

If an exception is not approved, students whose plan to graduate exceeds 120% of the number of units required for the degree in their declared primary major may be subject to restrictions on enrollment. If the student has earned any major regardless of whether he or she has declared that major, a degree will be conferred in that major. If the student has not earned a major, enrollment will be restricted to courses required to graduate in the major for which graduation is most likely to occur in a reasonable time.