Graduation Policies, Honors, and Awards

Candidates for Graduation —Candidates for graduation must file an Application for Graduation with the Office of Student Assistance according to the schedule below. They can be faxed to their home campus or delivered in person. Students who have filed the application by the filing date will receive a graduation evaluation letter from the graduation auditor. Please refer to Commencement for additional information.

Graduating Class

Filing Due Date

August

Prior to Previous November 15

December

Prior to Previous March 15

May

Prior to Previous September 15

Commencement —Commencement exercises are scheduled once a year, every May. Degree recipients in December, or students who are expected to complete their degree requirements in May or August of the same year, are eligible to participate in commencement exercises in May. Students who have filed an Application for Graduation with the Office of Student Assistance by the filing deadline will receive information regarding the commencement exercises, tickets, invitations, and academic attire, from the Office of Special Events. Please refer to Candidates for Graduation for additional information.

Latin Honors —Bachelor’s Degree Students Are Awarded Honors For High Scholastic Achievement On The Following Basis:

Summa cum laude  

Final QPA of 3.85–4.00

Magna cum laude 

Final QPA of 3.65–3.84

Cum laude  

Final QPA of 3.50–3.64

Graduation With Distinction— Students who have completed 32–59 credits at Pace University, and are therefore not eligible for Latin Honors, and who have earned a bachelor’s degree with a final QPA of 3.50 are eligible to receive their degrees with distinction. Graduates of the associate degree programs who have earned a final QPA of 3.50 and have completed at least 30 credits at Pace are also eligible to receive their degrees with distinction.