Graduation

Candidates for the bachelor of science degree in business administration are required to complete a minimum of 121 credit hours and earn at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA. The dual programs with Newhouse and the iSchool require more than 121 credit hours and may require more than four years to complete.

Commencement Honors

Commencement honors are awarded to those students who have attained one of the following cumulative grade-point averages:

  • Cum Laude - awarded to students who earn a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.4
  • Magna Cum Laude - awarded to students who earn a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.6
  • Summa Cum Laude - awarded to students who earn a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.8

A minimum of 60 graded credit hours must be completed at SU to be eligible for commencement honors. This means that students who transfer from other colleges or universities and receive more than 60 transfer credits may not be eligible for commencement honors unless they take extra credits.

Diploma Request and Certification

SU awards degrees four times a year (December, May, June and August). You must file your Diploma Request on MySlice during the semester prior to your planned graduation. You will not be certified as a SU graduate until all of your degree requirements have been completed (including community service and internship). Check with the Undergraduate Office to verify your graduation status.

"Walking" in Commencement When All Requirements Are Not Complete

If it is reasonable to assume that you will complete degree requirements in summer sessions immediately following May Commencement (less than 12 credits), you may participate in Commencement activities. If you are graduating in December, have less than 18 credits remaining and will be unable to return to Syracuse for the following May Commencement, you can petition the University to participate in the May ceremony before you complete your requirements. Petitions must be approved by the Whitman Undergraduate Office at least one month prior to commencement activities.