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2017-2018 Academic Catalog: Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

Curricular leading to baccalaureate degree are so planned that a student carrying a minimum of 17 credit hours each semester will ordinarily be able to complete the requirements for graduation in four years (48 months or 10 semesters which include 2 semesters of co-op) Degrees will be awarded to candidates who have fulfilled the following:

  • A minimum of 28 credits distributed per general education requirements, the requirements of the declared major, and two semesters of required co-op
  • Satisfactory completion of all requirements for a bachelor’s degree must be under a catalog in effect within two years of the date of graduation. The catalog used, however, may be no earlier that the catalog in effect at the time of matriculation or in the case of a change of major, no earlier than the catalog in effect whenthe major was formally declared.
  • A minimum of 50% of the total semester credit hours of any baccalaureate degree-granting day program must be completed at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Day program students must complete all junior, senior and, where applicable, fifth-year major-specific courses at Wentworth.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher and any other academic requirements of the students major as outlined by the department.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher is required for an associate degree (CPCE only)
  • Students will not be allowed to receive their diplomas or transcripts until all financial debts to the institute have been paid
  • Conferral of a degree occurs when the registrar finalizes the students’ academic record and confirms that all requirements have been satisfied, which includes grades of ‘I’ (Incomplete). Participation in the commencement ceremony does not constitute conferral of the degree. Similarly, inclusion of a student’s name in such publications as the commencement program does not confirm eligibility for the degree.

Graduation with Latin Honors

Latin honors accompanying undergraduate degrees are awarded in three grades based on the final cumulative grade point average.

  • Summa cum laude, with highest honors, is awarded to students with a 3.90 cumulative GPA or higher.
  • Magna cum laude, with high honors, is awarded to students with a 3.75 to 3.89 cumulative GPA.
  • Cum laude, with honors, is awarded to students with a 3.50 to 3.74 cumulative GPA.

The commencement program is printed prior to grades being submitted for the students’ final semester, therefore the registrar’s office must print honors designation that the student has earned up to the time of publication. The student diploma and finalized transcript will reflect the official honors designation based upon the student’s final grade point average.

Graduate distinction is based upon the top 10% of the graduating class.

Replacement Diplomas

Students or alumni in need of a replacement diploma can contact the Student Service Center to obtain an order form. The form must be notarized, and there is a $50 replacement fee due at the time the completed form is submitted.

Time to Degree

Any student who requires more than two years after their expected graduation date to complete a program of study must be academically reviewed by their academic department chair or the Director of Academic Advising within the College of Professional and Continuing Education.

Programs No Longer Offered

Any student who is enrolled in a program which is no longer offered by the Institute must complete all graduation requirements for that program within one year after the original expected date of graduation. Any student who fails to satisfy all requirements within the one-year period must have their academic records evaluated by an academic department chair/the dean of CPCE to determine which course of study and program must be followed. Beyond the one-year statute of limitation the Institute will not grant a degree for any program, which has been discontinued.