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Senior Frequently Asked Questions

2021 Graduates

How do I petition for graduation?
There is no petitioning to walk. You must have attempted all your requirements for graduation to be able to participate in commencement.

What if I fail to submit my application by the deadline?

Failure to submit this form by the posted deadline will delay processing of your academic record and diploma order. Students who apply late will not have their name published in the Commencement Program and may not be able to participate in graduation activities.

What if I need to make changes after I submit my diploma application?
You must, submit all changes in writing to the Registrar's Office by the published deadline. Any submitted changes after the deadline will cause a serious delay in processing your diploma order. If you have a CHANGE OF GRADUATION DATE, it is imperative that you contact the Registrar's Office in order to avoid unnecessary graduation fees and academic record holds.

How will I know what courses I need to take or how many credits I need for graduation?
Contact your major adviser and thoroughly review your record with them. During your appointment, your major adviser will inform you of major requirements that need to be fulfilled.

  • You may find out graduation requirements by referencing the bulletin for the year that you entered, or go to the Registrar's page.
  • Print a copy of your transcript from the Internet by going to Banner Web. If you need help, refer to the Student Web Registration Instructions.
  • The Registrar’s Office will review your graduation audit in DegreeWorks. If there is a problem or a question, they will contact you via your Spelman email.

How can I resolve discrepancies on my transcript?
You can resolve discrepancies on your transcript by contacting the Registrar’s Office.

Are there any special fees associated with graduation?
Yes. A fee is charged to seniors who have submitted a degree application. This fee will cover the rental of your cap and gown, and the purchase of your hood, diploma and other expenses associated with graduation.

How can I detect possible holds on my account that could prevent me from receiving my diploma?
Verify any holds on your account via your Banner account and then contact the department that placed the hold. Holds can also be viewed in your Degreeworks audit.

When and how will I know that I have completed all of the requirements and am cleared for graduation?
Once you have completed all requirements, confirmed completion of requirements with your adviser(s), and cleared all financial holds, you may check your online transcript to see that your degree has been awarded. Your Degreeworks audit will also designate the award of degree.

What are the GPA requirements for receiving Honors?

  • Latin Honors - Based on GPA following fall semester grades
  • Cum Laude 3.4
  • Magna Cum Laude 3.6
  • Summa Cum Laude 3.8
  • Departmental Honors - Contact your departmental chairperson

Will all graduating seniors be ranked?
No. Spelman only ranks the Top Ten.  Degree candidates with the highest GPAs in the class will be designated as Valedictorian and Salutatorian.  The Top Ten seniors, along with select other seniors and the Dean of Students, will plan the Class Day program.  Only seniors who are in process of completing all degree requirements by the end of the spring semester are eligible to be considered for the Top Ten. 

What if I don't complete my degree requirements by the August deadline (Usually the last business day in August)?

You must reapply by submitting another degree application to the Registrar's Office in order to reactivate the processing of your academic record and your diploma order.

Where do I get information concerning cap and gown, invitations, pictures and senior activities?
All seniors who have completed an application to graduate will receive an online regalia order form. Caps and gowns, along with honor cords, will be mailed to seniors.

Whom do I contact regarding tickets to the commencement ceremony?
Each graduate will receive six (6) electronic tickets. No additional tickets will be available, given the COVID safety requirements that are in place. Your guest will be able to view the live streamed ceremony via


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