Graduation Information

Although Fayetteville State University no longer has a Fall Commencement Ceremony, students who complete degree requirements in the Fall semester will be awarded for the Fall. All eligible candidates may participate in the upcoming Spring Commencement Ceremony.

Spring 2018 Graduation Information

Please send all inquiries concerning graduation to RegComm@uncfsu.edu. Please include your Name, Banner ID and Degree program in the e-mail.

Please allow 4 - 6 weeks after graduation to expect transcripts to be updated with "Earned and Conferred" and diplomas to be mailed. Please verify your mailing address through banner self-service.

Graduation Requirements

Undergraduate Graduation Requirements

  • Student must be admitted as a degree-seeking student and not a Special Visiting student.
  • Student must have a declared major and not a pre-major.
  • Student must complete all requirements of the major degree program.
  • Students must earn at least 120 hours and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. Some programs require a higher GPA and additional hours. See degree program information for specific requirements.
  • Student must complete a minimum of 25% of the total earned credit hours required for the degree program curriculum in residence at Fayetteville State University.
  • Student must earn the minimum required Grade Point Average for courses in the major. See degree program for specific requirements.
  • Complete the Graduating Senior Assessment (see Examinations and Assessments)

Graduate Graduation Requirements

  • Students must earn an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  • Students must complete all courses in their approved program of study.
  • Students must be enrolled at Fayetteville State University in the semester they intend to graduate.
  • For students in Master’s Degree Programs, courses cannot be older than six (6) years at the time of graduation.
  • For students in the Doctoral Degree Program, courses cannot be older than eight (8) years at the time of graduation.
  • Students must apply for graduation in the semester prior to the semester they plan to graduate.
  • Students must pay the required graduation fee.
  • Students cannot graduate with an “I,” “IP,” or “U” grades.
Commencement Rehearsal

Prior to the start of rehearsal, all undergraduate level graduates must stop by the Check-In station to pick up
their line-up card.

There will not be a rehearsal for graduate level graduates.  Line-up cards will be distributed on the day of their commencement ceremony. 

The line-up card will have the student’s name, honor (if any) and a number which represents your place in the Processional on Saturday morning.

Qualifying graduates will be issued a Latin honor stole. Replacement stoles will not be available at commencement. See Graduation with Distinction for more information.

When: Friday May 11, 2018
Where: Crown Coliseum
Time: 8:00-8:45 a.m. - Pick up line-up card
9:00 a.m. - Rehearsal begins
Commencement

The Dean of your degree program will announce your name during the ceremony using the card. Photographers will also contact graduates with information and proofs from the event using the information you place on the back of the card. For hard to read names, graduates may write, as clearly as possible, a phonetic spelling or pronunciation of their name on the card. It is the responsibility of the graduate to bring the card to the ceremony.

Undergraduates:

When: Saturday, May 12, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. - Line-up at 7:15 a.m.
Where: Crown Coliseum (No tickets needed) - Downloadable map [PDF]
Speaker: TBA
Additional Commencement Information: 7:30 a.m. - Family & Friends begin entering the Crown
8:30 a.m. - Student Processional begins
9:00 a.m. - Commencement program begins

Graduates:

When: Friday, May 11, 2018
Time: 3:00 p.m. Line-up begins at 1:30 p.m
Where: Seabrook Auditorium
Speaker: TBA
Additional Commencement Information: 1:30 p.m. - Family and Friends begin entering the Seabrook Auditorium
2:45 p.m. - Student Processional begins
3:00 p.m. - Commencement program begins
Commencement Dress Attire
Formal Academic Regalia (gown, hood, cap, tassle): Watch "How to Wear Your Regalia"
Women:

Please wear dark-colored skirt, dress, or pants and shoes.

Men: Please wear a shirt and tie, and dark slacks and shoes.
No sneakers or other casual attire, please
Graduation with Distinction

Graduation distinctions are awarded based on final cumulative statistics. To be eligible to graduate with honors, baccalaureate students must have completed a minimum of sixty (60) earned hours at Fayetteville State University and may be awarded with the following honors:

Summa Cum Laude: to those having a scholastic average of 3.800 - 4.000
Magna Cum Laude: to those having a scholastic average of 3.500 - 3.799
Cum Laude: to those having a scholastic average of 3.200 - 3.499

Students will be recognized for graduation with distinction at commencement exercises based on their grade point average when they are cleared for participating in commencement exercises. Graduation with distinction will be recognized on the final transcript and diploma on the basis of the complete academic record.

Diploma Distribution

Diplomas will be mailed to students four to six weeks after the commencement ceremony. Students must satisfy all financial obligations to the university and complete the financial aid exit interview, if applicable, to receive a diploma and/or transcript.

Diplomas and transcripts for students who complete requirements in the summer will indicate the date at end of the summer term the student completes requirements.

Students can begin to request official transcripts through their online Banner account four weeks after the commencement ceremony.

What is a replacement diploma?
                A replacement diploma is a replacement of your original diploma and bears the signatures of the current officials but shows the original date of your graduation. The word "Replacement" will be printed on the bottom right of the diploma to indicate this is not the original. The fee for replacement diploma is $10.00 per copy per career level.  The processing time is between four to six week of the date the office received the request.
The name printed on the replacement diploma will be the name from your original diploma. If you have legally changed your name, please attach with your order for replacement a copy of the documentation verifying your legal name change.

What is a duplicate diploma?
                A duplicate diploma is a duplicate of your original diploma. A duplicate diploma is only printed if requested within the same academic year of your graduation. The sentence "Duplicate" will be printed on the bottom right of the diploma to indicate this is not the original.  The processing time is between four to six week of the date the office received the request. The name printed on the duplicate diploma will be the name from your original diploma. If you have legally changed your name, please attach with your order a copy of the documentation verifying your legal name change. The request will then be processed as replacement diploma and will be printed according to the definition of replacement diploma.