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Office of the Registrar

Santa Rita Hall 218

Phone: (973) 290-4460

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Saint Elizabeth University has one commencement ceremony in May, which any student completing a degree in that academic year may participate (August grads, December grads and May grads).

The commencement ceremony will be held at Dolan Performance Hall and the Baccalaureate Mass is held on campus at the Holy Family Chapel.

Commencement practice is typically held the Wednesday prior to Commencement, the Baccalaureate Masses are held on Thursday the day before Commencement, and this year's Commencement will be on Friday, May 13, 2022.

A meeting will be held in September for all senior students in the Undergraduate Programs to discuss graduation information. Important information regarding the specifications are sent to the graduates in February.

Degree Candidacy

To receive a degree, students are recommended to the Board of Trustees as degree candidates. The acquisition of candidacy status is a serious responsibility of each student who anticipates receiving a degree within the academic year.

Each year undergraduate/graduate students must complete a graduation application (form can be found below) and submit it to the Registrar's Office declaring their intent to complete their degree.

Graduation Application

Apply to Graduate

During the Commencement Ceremony in May, as each candidate's name is announced, they will approach the platform and shake hands with the President, General Superior, and Sister of Charity Chairperson of the University's Board of Trustees. A degree case will be handed to the student.

After the Commencement Ceremony in May, diplomas will be distributed to students whose accounts are in good standing.

August and December graduates whose accounts are in good standing will have their diplomas mailed to them via certified mail. You are welcome to come back in May and participate in the Commencement Ceremony.

Degree Audit

Once a student has filed a degree candidacy form, their records will be audited – Undergraduate students by the Advisor(s) and Graduate students by their Program Director(s) – to determine if all program requirements have been met. The student will be apprised of the results of this audit.

Final Transcripts

Each student is entitled to one official transcript of their college record without charge, after the degree has been recorded. For students who have completed degrees, a free official transcript certificate will be included with your diploma.

This certificate, good for one year past the diploma receipt date, entitles the bearer to one complimentary copy of an official transcript. The original certificate must be presented at time of transcript request. A copy will not be accepted.

A $5.00 fee should accompany additional requests for transcripts. A transcript will be issued for a student or former student when all financial obligations to the University have been met.

Download Transcript Request Form

Commencement Speakers

Each division of the University (Undergraduate, Adult Undergraduate and Graduate) selects a graduating student to present a speech at the Commencement Ceremony. Students who are interested in preparing a speech for presentation to a selection committee should contact the Dean of their program.

Academic Honors

Dean's List

The Dean's List for full-time matriculated students is issued at the close of each semester (fall and spring). The Dean's List for part-time students is issued once at the end of the academic year.

To be eligible for the Dean's List, full-time students must successfully complete a minimum of 12 credits (excluding credits taken in pass/fail courses and audited courses) during the eligible semester with a minimum semester grade point average of 3.50. Courses which the student elects to take on a pass/fail basis are also excluded from credit calculation. Students with grades of Incomplete (I), No Credit (NC), and/or Failure (F) are not eligible for the Dean's List.

Part-time students must accumulate a minimum of 15 credits (excluding credits taken in pass/fail courses and audited courses) during an academic year, beginning with the fall semester and ending with the summer sessions, and must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.50. Students with grades of Incomplete (I) and/or Failure (F) are not eligible for the Dean's List.

Transfer credits and/or Saint Elizabeth University Intersession courses are excluded from the determination of eligibility for the Dean's List.

Graduation Honors

Undergraduate Students

Degrees are awarded with Honor to students who achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 in all academic work and High Honor to those with a 3.70. Highest Honor is given to students who achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.85. Graduation honors are computed at the completion of all credits for the degree. These honors are printed on the diploma such as: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with High Honor.

These honors are also noted on the transcript.

Departmental Honors are also awarded to undergraduate students who have attained a 3.7 grade point average in all courses in the major and who have passed the comprehensive examination with honor. Departmental Honors include all course work for the degree. These honors are announced at the commencement ceremony, but are not written on the diploma. Departmental Honors are noted on the transcript.

Cumulative GPA

  • 3.5-3.69 – Honor
  • 3.7-3.84 – High Honor
  • 3.85-4.0 – Highest Honor

Special Honor

The Sister Hildegarde Marie Mahoney Award for Excellence, established by the Alumnae/i Association of Saint Elizabeth University, is conferred each year on a senior who has demonstrated general excellence by their scholarship, leadership and high moral character. This is the only student award given at Commencement.

Graduate Students

Graduate students do not receive graduation honors.