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Graduation

Conferring DegreesFisk Graduation

Conferral of degrees is by the sole authority of the Board of Trustees, which acts on the recommendation of the faculty.  No one other than the Board of Trustees may obligate the University to confer a degree.  Earned degrees are awarded three times a year in May, August and December.  There is, however, only one commencement exercise.  Only those students who have met all academic requirements as well as their social and financial obligations to the University will receive a degree. Community members are encouraged to attend and to join in the observance of students' achievements.

Note that students who participate in study away programs must ensure that the University Registrar receives their official transcripts before the conferral dates because degrees are awarded for the period after official transcripts are received in the Office of the Registrar, (for instance, degrees will be awarded in August for transcripts received in May, June, July and by August 15; in December for all transcripts received after August 15; and in May for all transcripts received after December 15 and before May).

Student records are closed at graduation. It is very important that you print out your unofficial transcript and resolve all grade issues before your degree is conferred.  Contact the Office of the Registrar as soon as possible if you wish to delay your graduation to a subsequent semester or until you have resolved all grade issues.

  1. Undergraduate

  2. Graduate

An undergraduate student will be awarded a degree from Fisk University if and only if she/he:

  • Is in good academic and financial standing;
  • Has completed the Core Curriculum
  • Has completed the Foreign Language Requirement
  • Has met the computer proficiency requirement in basic proficiency in the areas of: word processing, spreadsheet development, electronic presentations, email and the Internet OR successful completion of BAD 110 or CSCI 100.
  • Has completed an application for degree/graduation;
  • Has completed a senior audit;
  • Has completed program of study for an academic major;
  • Has completed a minimum of 120 required credit hours;
  • Has fulfilled all University and departmental requirements;
  • Has grades of “C” or better in major, cognates, and minor required courses;
  • Has earned a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all major and cognate courses;
  • Has completed University assessment requirement as needed (i.e., MAPP, Exit Exams, Major Field Tests, Career Services Profile Survey, Financial Aid exit profile, Academic Profile Examination,  etc.;
  • Has completed all degree requirements within 12 semesters of full-time study;
  • Has submitted cap and gown measurements by appropriate deadline (only applicable if planning to participate in ceremony);
  • Has paid $350 graduation fee
  • Has earned a minimum of 32 credit hours at Fisk; and
  • Has completed his/her senior year at Fisk.

A graduate student will be awarded a degree from Fisk University if and only if she/he:

  • Is in good academic and financial standing
  • Has completed all degree requirements for academic program
  • Has submitted an application for degree/graduation
  • Has submitted a Request to Permit Conferring of Degree
  • Has submitted a Graduate School Completion audit
  • Has submitted thesis binding receipt
  • Has submitted cap and gown measurements by appropriate deadline (only applicable if planning to participate in ceremony);
  • Has paid $350 graduation fee

Timely Graduation Chart

Undergraduate students should expect a timely graduation if they matriculate and pass courses according to the following schedule:

Timely graduation chart

 

Note: Full-time students are those who register for twelve or more semester hours per term; three-quarter time students are those who register for at least nine hours but fewer than twelve (9-11 credit hours); and half-time students are those who register for at least six but fewer than nine (6-8 credit hours). "Credit hours attained" do not include credits for courses showing transcript notations of "E," "F," "I," or "WD." Courses bearing these notations are included, however, in determining the number of semester hours for which the student has registered each term, and hence in determining full-time or part-time status.