Graduation Requirements

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Student Worksheet for General Education Requirements is available for students and advisors to track progress towards graduation.

Hiram College students are candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees. The degrees require completion of at least 120 (BA) or 128 (BSN) semester hours of work Graduate students who are candidates for a Master of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies are required to complete 30 semester hours.

Both the BA and the BSN degrees require a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.00. In addition, students must attain a cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 in their major field of study and minor field (where applicable). Each department calculates departmental GPA differently; please check with your Advisor for the individual program requirements. The degree is awarded upon successful completion of all coursework and fulfillment of all requirements.

Each student is responsible for fulfilling the current graduation requirements. Faculty advisors and the Registrar’s Office can provide assistance in explaining the graduation requirements. Please see The Hiram College Catalog, from the academic year that you began at Hiram College for a detailed explanation of your graduation requirements.

Additional information on majors and minors can be viewed by visiting the Majors/Minors/Advisors page, or by accessing your Degree Works Audit.


Each senior student must apply for graduation. The application includes the student’s intended term of completion, name as it is to appear on the diploma, and a mailing address for the diploma.

Applications must be submitted by the following deadlines:

  • For August graduation – March 1
  • For December graduation – May 1
  • For May graduation – December 1*

*Late applicants may not appear in Commencement Program

After you have applied for graduation, the Associate Registrar will prepare a graduation audit within 3 business days, and send it to the you and your advisor through email.

Once an audit has been completed, the student must notify the Associate Registrar if there are any changes to the audit or application information.

A $150 graduation fee will be added to the student bill for the term you intend to graduate. This fee covers overall graduation processing, cap and gown, and commencement activities; there is no reduction in fee for those who do not attend commencement. As with any other college charges, diploma and final transcripts will not be released if a balance remains.

Diploma covers are presented to each participant at commencement, but diplomas are issued in the weeks following the graduation date. Please note that the diploma specifies the name of a student’s degree, e.g. Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, or Master of Arts, as well as Latin honors; it DOES NOT list majors and minors. An official student transcript is proof of college achievement, and includes all majors, minors, and honors.

Students who complete their degree requirements for August and December graduation will receive their diplomas following those end of term dates. Hiram College has traditionally had one commencement ceremony each year, therefore the previous August and December graduates are eligible to participate in the following May ceremony. A student may be included in only one commencement ceremony per degree. It is important to note that participation in commencement does not guarantee your graduation status. Graduation Status is determined upon satisfactory completion of final graduation requirements.