Office of the Registrar




Programs And Degree Works

Each student and his/her major department advisor should follow a program that is a checklist of the requirements needed to earn a degree in one’s major.   You should follow the program that was in effect the semester that you were accepted into your major.  All majors require a minimum of 120 credits.  An electronic degree audit can be found in your Banner Web account by clicking the Degree Works for Students link or by accessing . Every semester, you and your advisor should review the program based on the work you successfully completed in the previous semester. This will allow you to keep track of what courses you have yet to take to earn your degree, and help your advisor to assist you in scheduling sequenced or irregularly offered major courses.


Standards for Graduation

Students are eligible for the Bachelor’s or Associate degree upon successful completion of all program and total credit requirements for that degree as specified in the appropriate section of this catalog. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher for all credits attempted at Western is required for graduation, as well as a grade point average of 2.0 or higher in all courses for the major. Certain programs have a higher minimum standard. In addition, at least 30 credits and at least half of the major requirements must be completed at Western.

Note: that two components constitute a major in the Ancell School: the business core and the specialization, e.g., accounting, finance. All B.B.A. candidates must complete at least half of the total number of credits that comprise the business core and the specialization and at least half of their specialization at Western. Some programs require meeting additional and/or higher academic standards as noted in the appropriate catalog section.


Applying For Graduation

Degrees are awarded at the end of each semester as well as Intersession and summer session. You may access the Application Graduation form at  Undergraduates within eight credits of those required for the degree are eligible to participate in the commencement exercises in May.


Degree Application Deadlines:

Graduation Date Application Deadline
May November 1
August February 1
December April 1
January ( Intersession) April 1



Graduation Honors

To be eligible for graduation honors, you must earn a minimum of 30 semester hours of quality point-bearing credit at WestConn. No pass/fail credits or transfer credits are included in this minimum. Graduation honors standards are based on your cumulative grade point average at the time of your last semester and are awarded as follows:


*Summa Cum Laude 3.9 to 4.0
*Magna Cum Laude 3.7 to 3.89
*Cum Laude 3.5 to 3.69


Students who have earned a minimum of 30 credits in residence at Western Connecticut State University with a cumulative earned GPA of at least 3.50 at the end of their final semester will receive an Honors Certificate upon graduation. The residency requirement for honors may not be waived. Students with questions regarding academic honors should consult the Academic Dean of their major.


Honors Cords

December and January graduates and May candidates for graduation honors are identified at the conclusion of the Intersession semester preceding graduation and will be eligible to be awarded Honors Cords to be worn during the graduation ceremony. Students must have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 by Intersession and 30 credits earned at WCSU by May.  Candidacy for May graduation honors does not guarantee the award of graduation honors upon completion of degree requirements.



Replacement Diplomas

A replacement Diploma fee of $25.00 is required.   Please make check or money order payable to Western Connecticut State University.  You may access the Replacement Diploma form at



The Commencement ceremony is held each year in May. Students who graduated the previous December or Intersession, or who are pending graduation in May or August, may attend.  Additionally, those students who still have 8 credits or less to complete may attend.  Attending the ceremony does not indicate actual graduation, since all requirements must be completed in order to do so.   More information can be found at