Hiram College

Graduation Requirements

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

Hiram College students are candidates for a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, which requires completion of 120 or more semester hours, or a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) degree. The BSN degree requires 133 or more semester hours for those student who began prior to fall 2019.  For those who began fall 2019 and later, the BSN degree requires a minimum of 127 hours. 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 the Department Chair for the individual program requirements. The degree is awarded upon successful completion of all coursework and fulfillment of all requirements.

We consider each student to be 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 can be views at Majors/Minors/Advisors page.

Graduation Process
Each senior student must apply to be graduated and meet for a graduation audit by the following deadlines:

For August graduation August 1
 For December graduation November 15
 For May graduation February 1

A graduation audit is a half hour meeting in the Registrar’s office (for Traditional Students) and with a PGS counselor (for Weekend College, Online, Partnership, and MAIS students). The student must make an appointment, bring a completed application to graduate, and go over progress toward completion of requirements. 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 and final transcript. Once an audit meeting has taken place, the student must notify the Associate Registrar or the PGS counselor if there are any changes in the audit or application information.

There is a $150 graduation fee that will be added to the student bill for spring term, issued in December, for those whose expected graduation date is in the spring. For those who are identified as August graduates or December graduates, the fee will be added to the student bill earlier, at the beginning of or during the graduation term. This fee covers overall graduation processing, the 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, the final diploma and transcript 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, along with one final transcript. 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 the 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. Students who graduate in August or December, may choose to participate in the December commencement ceremony if they do not want to wait until the following May.  Selecting which ceremony you intend to participate in, is part of the Graduation Application process. A student may be included in only one commencement ceremony per degree.