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Degrees are awarded three times a year: May, September and December. Final examinations and degree requirements must be completed by April 1 to graduate in May, by August 15 to graduate in September and by December 1 to receive a December diploma. Students are encouraged to attend the commencement exercises on campus in the spring and will receive details about graduation upon successful completion of all degree requirements.
To be eligible for graduation, students must meet the following requirements:
- For an undergraduate degree program, complete satisfactorily the number of undergraduate credits required in the program with a 2.0 grade average, and an average of at least 2.0 or higher in their concentration, major, and minor.
- For a graduate degree program, complete satisfactorily the number of graduate credits required in the program with a 3.0 grade average.
- Complete satisfactorily all program degree requirements as defined in the particular program by April 1 for May graduation, August 15 for September and December 1 for December graduation.
- Return a completed application for graduation to the GPS Graduation Coordinator by March 1 for May/September graduation and October 1 for December graduation.
- Pay all outstanding Saint Joseph’s College debts.
- Pay the graduation fee per the tuition and fee schedule:
Honors — Graduating with Distinction (undergraduate candidates only)
Graduating seniors are cited for graduation honors on their transcripts and diploma. Undergraduate degree students with at least 63 credit hours earned at Saint Joseph’s College who have achieved a cumulative index of 3.90-4.0 graduate summa cum laude; those with a cumulative index of 3.70-3.89 graduate magna cum laude; and those with a cumulative index of 3.50-3.69 graduate cum laude. Undergraduate degree students who have earned between 54 and 62 credit hours at Saint Joseph’s College and who have achieved a cumulative index of at least 3.50 graduate cum laude. The cumulative index for the purpose of graduation with distinction is based on the student’s records at Saint Joseph’s College.
Delta Epsilon Sigma
Delta Epsilon Sigma, a national scholastic honor society for students of Catholic colleges and universities, has been represented at Saint Joseph’s College since 1950 by the Beta Omicron Chapter. Membership in Delta Epsilon Sigma is based on leadership, service, superior achievement in the student’s academic program 3.5 average or better based on a minimum of 63 semester-hour credits of Saint Joseph’s College courses only, and the student’s indications of future creditable use of that achievement in bringing the principles of a sound Christian philosophy to bear effectively upon the problems of a modern, free society.
Sigma Theta Tau International
Sigma Theta Tau International honor society for nursing students has been represented at Saint Joseph’s College since 1987. Saint Joseph’s College Department of Nursing is one of three colleges forming the local chapter Kappa Zeta Chapter at Large. The mission of the Honor Society of Nursing is to support the learning, knowledge, and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide. Membership in Sigma Theta Tau International is by invitation only. Invitations are extended each spring based upon leadership, service, and superior achievement in the student’s academic nursing program. Online undergraduate students must have no more than 16 credits remaining in their program and must hold a minimum GPA of 3.0. Online graduate students must have no more than 20 credits remaining in their program and must hold a minmum GPA of 3.5.