College of Science

Near Graduation Info

To prepare for graduation, you should:

  1. Print your unofficial transcript on BroncoDirect.
  2. Compare your transcript against your Program of Courses ("GS-101"). Make sure that everything listed on your program has been completed.
  3. All program courses must have a grade of at least a "C". A course with a "C-" or lower has to be repeated or replaced (by petition) on the program. BIO 6930 should appear on your transcript as "CR" (credit), and is not included in the GPA calculation.
  4. The GPA for all courses listed on the program must be at least 3.00.
  5. Make sure you have grades on the necessary 6000-level units (see below).
  6. If you have not yet turned in your Program of Courses (GS101, Graduate Contract), you are very, very late. Get this done immediately.
  7. Students in all graduate programs (except Masters of Arts in Education) do not have to complete a Request for Graduation Check form. In lieu of having a graduation check, students in these programs will be able to access their Degree Progress Report. Once the approved Program of Study "Contract" has been received in the Registrar's Office from the Graduate Studies Office it will be reviewed by an evaluator and noted on the Degree Progress Report as the graduation check.
  8. Apply to graduate (done online using BroncoDirect) at the beginning of the semester in which you intend to graduate. Check the schedule of classes for the last date to apply to graduate. You must be enrolled in the semester you graduate.
  9. You need to be enrolled in units and pay fees during the semester in which you graduate. Very rare exceptions are allowed. The exception involves a waiver of residency (PDF).
  10. Check the University Graduate Studies Office web page for the procedures and guidelines for completing your thesis.
  11. Make sure you know what a style manual is, and be familiar with the Council of Science Editors (CSE) Manual, "Scientific Style and Format", 7th edition, June 2006. You’ll find it at the Library.
  12. At the start of the semester in which you intend to graduate, check with the Graduate Studies Office (https://www.cpp.edu/~gradstudies/) concerning due dates for thesis and binding instructions.
  13. Please be advised that the University Catalog states: "Graduate students who have not completed all of the graduation requirements, including the GWT, may not participate in the commencement ceremonies." This means that graduate students are not allowed to participate in Spring commencement unless they are actually graduating that Spring semester, or have graduated in a previous semester. "Summer walks" are not allowed for grad students.

Important Information Concerning BIO 6940, BIO 6960 and other 6000-level courses:

While your research and thesis work are in progress, you will normally be assigned a grade of RP (report in progress) or SP (satisfactory progress) for any units of research (BIO 6940) or thesis (BIO 6960) in which you are enrolled. These RP/SP grades must be changed to actual letter grades on 4 semester units of BIO 6940 and 2 semester units of BIO 6960 before you graduate (grade changes are done by the Thesis Advisor, but you must request that the changes be made). Be advised that BIO 6940 units must be changed to a grade within one year; and BIO 6960 must be changed within two years. If the changes are not made, the grades stay as RP/SP forever (RP/SP grades do not affect your GPA). You will have to enroll in any additional units in order to obtain grades before you graduate. This may delay your graduation, and result in you paying additional fees for additional semesters of enrollment. The one-year policy also applies to RP/SP grades in any other 6000-level courses (e.g. BIO 6910, BIO 6920, BIO 6930). BIO 6930 should appear on your transcript as "CR" (credit).

Degree credit in BIO 6940 is limited to 4 semester units, and 2 semester units in BIO 6960.

IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO REVIEW YOUR ACADEMIC HISTORY AND INSURE THAT YOU HAVE GRADES FOR FOUR SEMESTER UNITS (or 6 quarter units) OF BIO 6940 AND TWO SEMESTER UNITS (3 quarter units) OF BIO 6960.

IF YOU NEED GRADE CHANGES, IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO REQUEST THEM FROM YOUR THESIS ADVISOR, AND TO PROVIDE THE SEMESTER/QUARTER, SECTION NUMBER, AND COURSE NUMBER FOR ALL REQUESTED GRADE CHANGES.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION CONCERNING SUMMER GRADUATION:

  1. In order to graduate in the Summer Semester you must have completed all course work, including all units of BIO 6940 and 6960, by the end of the preceding Spring semester.
  2. During the Summer Semester you must register of BIO 6990.
  3. You must contact the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Quesdad (ejquestad@cpp.edu), prior to the Spring Semester of the year your wish to graduate, if you wish to graduate in the Summer semester.