Please note: This is NOT the most current catalog.
CANDIDACY FOR THE DEGREE
During Fall Semester, members of the senior class
apply for candidacy for the degree to which their courses apply.
Application is made through the Registrar’s
Office. Only such members of the senior class as have been accepted as
candidates for a degree will participate in Commencement events.
Seniors not filing this application risk being overlooked for a
diploma and inclusion in the Commencement program.
Seniors who will complete all requirements and graduate
after Fall Semester or Interim will be contacted individually and
asked to apply for candidacy in late October.
During Fall Semester, the Registrar’s Office conducts a review for each
senior who has applied to graduate. A senior who will not meet the requirements
stated for participation in Commencement will be notified that he/she has been
removed from the list of graduating seniors. Seniors should be cautious about
changing registration in the last semester of the senior year. Any change that
brings a senior below the stated requirements for participation will result
in the student being dropped from the graduating class.
Past experience leads the college to believe that seniors should be cautious
about taking courses S/U. A U designation does not carry credit and will
not be changed to another type of grade for graduation credit at a later
date. An S grade will not fulfill a General Education requirement.
Participation in COMMENCEMENT
Commencement exercises are held each May for graduating
seniors who are members of that class and who have successfully
completed 35 credits and all other requirements for the degree.
Only students who have successfully completed 33
full course credits out of the required 35 full course credits
with a minimum 2.00 grade point average are eligible to be included
in the Commencement program and participate in Commencement and
its related activities without receiving a diploma. Students who
participate in Commencement without receiving a diploma are referred
to as “participators.” A participator’s name
will appear with appropriate honors designation in the Commencement
program, but he/she will not receive a diploma until the completion
of all requirements. The grade point average for participators
may change if their remaining course work is completed at St. Olaf.
Honors may also change, but rank in class remains unchanged. The
grade point average for diploma graduates will change if St. Olaf courses
that qualify for inclusion in the grade point average are subsequently
taken but honor designation and rank in class will remain as they
were recorded on the date of graduation. The diploma is conferred
and a complete transcript issued following completion of all requirements.
Neither senior status, number of courses attempted,
time spent in college, delays in submitting off-campus or transfer
work, nor other circumstances or miscommunication eliminate the
33 full-course requirement. The 33 credits must be fulfilled and
recorded before the day of Commencement. The responsibility
for understanding and meeting graduation requirements rests entirely
with the student.
Baccalaureate degrees and degree requirements are
defined only in this catalog and the Catalog Supplement.
St. Olaf College confers the degrees of Bachelor
of Arts and Bachelor of Music upon students who have completed
requirements leading to those degrees. Historically 70-75 percent
of all St. Olaf students who enter directly after high school graduate
after four years of study, one of the highest graduation rates
in the country among four-year, private liberal arts colleges.
Should a student desire to earn both the B.A. degree
and the B.M. degree at St. Olaf, he/she must complete a minimum
of 43 credits, with the last 17 credits earned through St. Olaf.
See the special residency requirement in this catalog.
Degree requirements are those defined in the St.
Olaf College Catalog in the year a student first enters St. Olaf
as a degree candidate.
Students alone are responsible for seeing that their
programs include all requirements for graduation.
Should a student desire to earn both the Bachelor
of Arts degree and the Bachelor of Music degree at St. Olaf, he/she
must complete a minimum of 43 courses, with the last 17 earned
through St. Olaf. In addition, both the junior and the senior year
must be spent in residence or a fifth year of residence must be
added to the senior year.
A diploma is issued to each member of the graduating
class at Commencement under the following conditions:
- All requirements for the Baccalaureate degree
have been successfully completed.
- The recipient has no outstanding financial obligations
to the college.
Diplomas are not issued to senior participators
until all degree requirements are completed.
There is a $25.00 fee for replacing a diploma.