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.

Students must apply for graduation in order to participate in commencement exercises and pay the $75.00 graduation application fee.

Students who fail to meet graduation requirements automatically void their candidacy for that particular graduation term. If the student does not complete the necessary degree requirements within two semesters of his/her expected term of graduation, then the student must re-apply and pay an additional $75.00 application fee.

When to Apply:

Spring Candidates - should apply for graduation by March 30 of the same year
Fall Candidates - should apply for graduation by October 30 of the same year

The university cannot guarantee that names of students who file late applications will appear in the Commencement booklet or the Honors supplement.


Send all inquiries concerning graduation to RegComm@uncfsu.edu to include your Name, Banner ID and Degree program.

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

How to Apply for Graduation

Graduation Requirements

Undergraduate Graduation Requirements

Students must be admitted as a degree-seeking student and not a Special Visiting student.

Students 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.

Students must complete a minimum of 25% of the total earned credit hours required for the degree program curriculum in residence at Fayetteville State University.

Students must earn the minimum required Grade Point Average for courses in the major. See degree program for specific requirements.

Complete the Graduating Senior Assessment (GSA). 

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.

Graduating Senior Assessment

What is the ETS Proficiency Profile? The ETS Proficiency Profile is the test used for our Graduating Senior Assessment or GSA. The GSA is a requirement for graduation at FSU. Previously, we used the CLA to satisfy the GSA requirement. However, starting Fall 2019, the CLA was replaced by the ETS Proficiency Profile.

The GSA helps to assess learning outcomes at FSU, specifically: college-level reading, writing, mathematics, and critical thinking. By assessing freshmen and seniors, we can measure improvement over the undergraduate years. We then use that information to improve our programs and to serve students better.

Who is required to take the GSA?  

o Entering Freshmen: Students who enter FSU as first-time freshmen. Early College graduates are exempt.
o Students in Senior Capstone Courses: All students enrolled in a senior capstone course, with these exceptions: § If you took the GSA as a senior in a previous semester, you do not have to take it again § Only students enrolled in senior capstone courses are required to take the GSA. If you are a graduating senior, you have not taken the GSA, and you are not enrolled in a senior capstone course, you do not have to take the GSA. § Students in the generic Nursing and RN-to-BSN programs are exempt. They satisfy the GSA by taking the NCLEX. § Students in the College of Education satisfy the Graduating Senior Assessment requirement by taking PRAXIS.  

How does doing well on the GSA benefit me? Students who earn a high score will be recognized at commencement. Scores may be used as part of the grade for your capstone course or as extra-credit. For more information, ask your capstone instructor.

How long does the GSA take? Students can take up to 40 minutes on the GSA.  Students must spend at least 25 minutes on the assessment to complete the requirement. If a student cannot make the scheduled dates/times, FSU University Testing should be contacted for more information about possible alternatives.

How do I take the GSA?

All eligible students should test online because of corona virus restrictions. We will not test on-ground this semester.

Click HERE to register for the GSA. After you register you will receive an email with instructions to take the test online.

Deadline is November 1, 2020.

Commencement Rehearsals (All postponed due to COVID-19)

Undergraduate Rehearsal 
There will be a rehearsal for all undergraduate level graduates. Line-up cards will be passed out at the rehearsal.

The line-up card will include your 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.


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Graduate/Doctoral Rehearsal
There will be a rehearsal for both doctoral and master's graduates. Line-up cards will be passed out at rehearsal to all graduates who attend. Line-up cards will also be passed out the morning of commencement for those who did not attend rehearsal. 

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Commencements (All Postponed due to COVID-19)

Am I Eligible to Participate in Commencement Exercises?

Students with degrees conferred in December are eligible to participate in the spring commencement immediately following their degree completion. If you are a prospective graduate with degree conferral scheduled for Spring, Summer I, or Summer II, you will be permitted to participate if you are enrolled in all outstanding courses required for degree completion.  This may include enrollment in courses scheduled for Summer I or Summer II. 

Undergraduate Commencement:
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.

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Doctoral/Graduate Commencement

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TBA - Line-up/Doors open

Commencement Dress Attire/Academic Regalia

The commencement ceremony is a time for celebration yet dignity. 

All participants must wear formal academic regalia. Formal Academic Regalia (gown, hood, cap, tassle) can be purchasd via the  University Bookstore

Watch how to wear regalia: Watch "How to Wear Your Regalia"


It is recommended that women wear dark-colored skirt, dress or pants and dress shoes under the academic regalia.

It is recommended that men wear shirt with tie, dark slacks, and dark shoes under the academic regalia.

We ask that 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.

Duplicate/Replacement Diploma

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 word "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.  

To request a replacement of duplicate diploma, please complete and submit the Diploma Duplicate or Replacement form.