Graduation and Degree Conferral

The Board of Trustees of Goodwin College is authorized to confer Bachelor of Science and Associate in Science degrees and award Collegiate Certificates to qualified candidates who have met all requirements. Students nearing the completion of their program must complete an Application for Award of Credential for each credential they believe they are qualified to receive prior to their last semester of study. The Application for Award of Credential is available on the college website only and must be electronically submitted to the student's Department Chair or Program Director and to the Registrar for the purposes of a final degree audit. Candidates' transcripts will be evaluated under the catalog in effect at the time of admission. If the candidate changed programs, the catalog used shall be the one in effect at the time of the program change. Candidates who have not met all of the requirements for graduation will be notified by the Registrar’s Office.

For purposes of clarity, the term "graduation" refers to program completion. Students are assigned a graduation date based upon the semester in which program requirements were completed. The term "conferral" refers to the actual bestowal of the degree which happens twice a year, once on the date of our Commencement Ceremony and once at the end of the fall semester.

Goodwin College's Milestone policy allows students to receive credentials and participate in commencement as those credentials are earned. Students who are enrolled in a Bachelor's program who have met the requirements for a collegiate certificate or an Associate's Degree will be awarded that credential. Students enrolled in Associate Degree programs who have met the requirements for a collegiate certificate will be awarded that credential.

Additionally, students may earn certificates that are embedded within their degree. Students are not allowed to enroll directly into these embedded programs. All courses in these programs also count towards graduation requirements for the related degree program.

Because the college holds Commencement once a year, in June, students who anticipate completing their program at the end of the summer semester following commencement are invited to participate in the ceremony. Participants must have their last three or fewer courses in progress to be included in the ceremonies, and will be acknowledged with honors at Commencement based on their GPA at the end of the spring 2016 semester. Final determination of honors will be decided upon the completion of their program. Degrees and academic honors are conferred to August graduates at the end of the fall semester.