TOUGALOO COLLEGE
OFFICE OF RECORDS

August, 1, 2015

 

TO: Prospective Graduates for 2015-2016 Academic Year

FROM: Carolyn Evans, Registrar

All candidates for graduation must apply by completing an Application for Degree in the Office of Records.  The Application for Degree is REQUIRED and MUST be submitted to the Office of Records by the deadline posted for the date the candidate intends to complete requirements.  If degree requirements are NOT met by the date requested on the Application for Degree the candidate MUST reapply by completing another Application for Degree in the Office of Records to be considered for the next graduation date.  The Application for Degree is also available on the Tougaloo College website at www.tougaloo.edu.  Go to Admissions and click on the link for the Office of the Registrar.

The Commencement Exercises for 2015-2016 Academic Year will be held on May 1, 2016 for students completing all degree requirements as of August 2015, December 2015 and May 2016.

The graduation fee is $75.00 which includes cost for Diploma and Cap/Gown rental.  This fee is non-refundable.  Please be aware of the following:

  1. Students who meet the published deadline for submitting the Application for Degree but do not graduate, may be eligible to have a portion of the graduation fee applied to the new graduation date provided the new Application for Degree is submitted by the published deadline date for the upcoming graduation.
  2. Only students with a current Application for Degree on file in the Office of Records will be considered for graduation.
  3. The Office of Records will prepare a graduating senior audit for students who have submitted an Application for Degree.
  4. The Office of Records will meet with prospective graduates during the month of October 2015 (by appointment only) for students planning to complete degree requirements during the 2015-2016 Academic Year and for students who plan to complete degree requirements during the summer of 2016.
  5. Students who completed degree requirements in August or in December will be awarded the diploma in May during the spring Commencement Ceremony.

Candidates for degree must adhere to all required dates and deadlines.

Candidates for degree must meet all graduation requirements (both academic and financial) to participate in the commencement ceremony.

To graduate, candidates must have 124 credit hours passed with no duplication of courses, a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average and a 2.00 semester grade point average for the final semester of enrollment, and met all General Education, major, and other college requirements.  Pre-College courses such as the 081 and 091 classes will not count in the total hours for graduation.

Candidates for degree must satisfactorily complete the English Writing Proficiency Examination, meet the College’s Reading requirement, complete 60 clock hours of Community Service and submit an approved senior thesis that is bound and has the required signatures. 

The Senior Clearance Sheet will be available in the Office of the Bursar prior to the upcoming graduation date and should be completed in signature order beginning with the first signature.  Signatures from the Office of Records and the Office of the Bursar may be secured after final grades have been submitted and all degree requirements have been successfully completed and verified.

NOTE:  Students found guilty of committing illegal acts such as submitting fraudulent documents, committing plagiarism, and/or falsifying documents will be removed from the graduation list and are subject to suspension or expulsion.

TOUGALOO COLLEGE

GRADUATING SENIORS REQUIRED DATES AND DEADLINE ACADEMIC YEAR 2015-2016

DATES/DEADLINES

REQUIRED ACTIVITY

August 26, 2015

Mandatory Senior Class Meeting in Woodworth Chapel @ 5:00 p.m.

Application for Degree process begins.  REQUIRED for all potential graduates.

August-September 2015

Seniors meet with Major Advisor to complete “Graduation Verification Form” verify hours, grades, courses, etc., must past 124 college credit hours and have a 2.00 CGPA.

October 5-30, 2015

Review Senior Audit with the Office of Records. BY APPOINTMENTS ONLY

October 23, 2015

Deadline to submit Senior Thesis for students completing requirements in December.

Deadline to submit Senior Thesis Topics and Statements for May and August graduates.

October 30, 2015

Degree Application Deadline for students completing requirements in December 2015 **NO EXCEPTIONS** Priority Date for students completing requirements in May.

November 9, 2015

Senior Clearance Sheets available in the Office of the Bursar (Students completing in December).  Degrees will be awarded in May 2016.

January 20, 2016

Mandatory Senior and Junior Class Meeting in Woodworth Chapel @ 5:00 p.m.

February 1, 2016

Application for Degree Deadline for May Graduates **NO EXCEPTIONS** Priority Date for students completing requirements in August 2016.

March 21, 2016

Senior Clearance Sheets available in the Office of the Bursar (May Graduation)

March 21-24, 2016

Senior Thesis Week (May and August graduates)

April 8, 2016

Deadline for paying outstanding fees by check to Office of the Bursar including $75.00 graduation fee.

April 8, 2016

Senior papers must be electronically submitted by the major advisor, to the Commission on Writing by 5:00 p.m.

April 8, 2016

Honors Ceremony for Seniors 6:00 p.m. Woodworth Chapel

April 15, 2016

All degree requirements must be completed and on file in the Office of Records with the exception of final exams.

April 19-20, 2016

Senior Final Examinations

April 21, 2016

One, bound copy (with 3 signatures 1st reader, 2nd reader, Department Chair) of senior paper must be submitted to your division dean by 5:00 p.m. (May and August graduates)

April 21, 2016

Graduating Senior Grades Due by 3:00 p.m.  All degree requirements must be met.

April 22, 2016

Priority Date for paying all Graduation Fees and all Financial Obligations

April 27, 2016

Registrar’s Office Senior Clearance begins 1:00 p.m.

April 28, 2016

Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal Assemble in Holmes Hall Auditorium 11:00 a.m.

April 28, 2016

Senior Clearance Sheets due in Office of the Bursar/Finance/Fiscal Mgt,

Pick up Caps and Gowns between 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

April 28, 2016

SENIOR CONSECRATION SERVICES  Report to Woodworth Chapel by 5:30 p.m.

April 29, 2016

Final date to settle all Financial Obligations and pick up caps and gowns by 5:00 p.m.

**NO EXCEPTIONS**

May 1, 2016

BACCALAUREATE SERVICES Report to Holmes Hall Auditorium by 7:30 a.m.

May 1, 2016

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY Report to Holmes Hall Auditorium by 9:00 a.m.

May 1, 2016

Return Caps and Gowns and pick up Diploma immediately following Commencement in Chapel Conference Room located in basement of the Chapel

June 6, 2016

Degree Application Deadline for students completing requirements for August

**NO EXCEPTIONS**

July 15, 2016

Senior Clearance Sheets available in the Office of the Bursar (students completing requirements for August)

July 21, 2016

Degree requirements due in Office of Records by 5:00 p.m. for August graduates.