Academic Policies Handbook

Graduation Requirements

To earn the undergraduate bachelor's degree, a UNK student who matriculated at UNK prior to Fall 2012 must satisfactorily complete 125 semester credit hours. Students entering UNK Fall 2012 and thereafter are required to satisfactory complete a minimum of 120 semester credit hours to earn the undergraduate bachelor's degree. All students are required to meet a minimum university grade average of 2.0, C, in the student's major /minor, comprehensive major, or teaching endorsement areas. Individual departments may establish higher GPA standards.

The total credit hours required for the undergraduate bachelor's degree include 45 credit hours in the General Studies program, the course/credit hours required in the student's chosen major/minor, comprehensive major, teaching endorsement, etc. and 40 credit hours of upper-division courses (300-400 level). Transfer students must complete a minimum of 32 semester credit hours of UNK courses. Students should refer to the appropriate UNK catalog and consult their academic advisors concerning these and other graduation requirements. For further information on Graduation, click here

Graduation applications for both graduate and undergraduate students are available online on MyBLUE.  Once the application is completed via MyBLUE, a $25 nonrefundable application fee must be submitted to the Finance Office. The application and fee must be received by the following dates:

Anticipated
Graduation

Deadline
for Application

Winter

September 15

Spring

February 1

Summer

June 15

COMMENCEMENT ATTIRE 

All candidates participating in commencement exercises must wear approved traditional commencement attire.  In addition to the cap and gown, candidates will be allowed to wear cords and/or sashes/stoles if such items have been previously approved by the Commencement Committee.  Please refer to the guidelines below for seeking appropriate approval. Unauthorized ornamentation is prohibited.  If any commencement official deems the attire to be inappropriate, the student will be asked to remove the unapproved item or the student may be denied participation in the commencement ceremony. 

Approval Guidelines: 

Requests for special ornamentation should be forwarded to the Associate  Vice Chancellor for Academic & Student Affairs at least 90 days prior to commencement in order to be placed on the agenda for consideration.

The Commencement committee will only consider items that represent academic achievement from a nationally recognized academic honor society which requires a minimum scholastic rank equivalent to a 3.5 GPA for membership.  National recognition may be in the form of membership in ACHS (Association of College Honor Societies) or via a demonstrated national governance structure including officers/board members elected by the membership and formal chartering of each campus chapter approved by official action of the governing body of the national organization.

Students graduating with university-wide Latin honors or the UNK Honors Program are the only candidates permitted to wear a medallion.

The faculty/staff sponsor of the campus honor society should provide a written request outlining how the chapter meets the required guidelines.  The sponsor will be notified of the committee’s decision by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic & Student Affairs following the meeting of the Commencement Committee.

The following Academic Achievement cords/medals/stoles are approved to wear with commencement robes: 

  • Mortar Board - stoles/medals
  • Phi Kappa Phi - stoles/cords/ribbons
  • Beta Gamma Sigma (Business Honorary) - green/gold cords
  • Phi Beta Delta (Education Honorary)- cords/medals
  • Psi Chi (Psychology Honorary) - cords
  • Phi Eta Sigma - cords
  • Kappa Mu Epsilon (Math Honorary) - cords
  • Latin Honors - medallions
  • Kappa Delta Phi (Education Honors) - purple/green cords
  • Sigma Xi - blue/white cords
  • Sigma Tau Delta, Xi Beta – cords

COMMENCEMENT PROGRAM 

In order to celebrate the exemplary accomplishments of our graduates, notations will be placed in the commencement program recognizing students who have earned certain academic honors.  The notations are limited to those honors that are not discipline specific but are available to students in all academic areas.  Such university-wide recognitions include, Latin honors, Mortar Board, the Honors Program, and Phi Kappa Phi.

Honors and awards given specifically to students in a particular program should be recognized at the college honor convocations or other special events held for students in a specific program of study. 

REVIEW OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS    

Students should access their degree audit through MyBLUE. The audit summarizes institutional requirements, the General Studies Program and the student's designated major and minor program of study. Students are encouraged to routinely check their degree audit to ensure completion of institutional requirements and consult with their academic advisor to review progress toward meeting degree requirements in order to graduate on time. Students should review the audit carefully and discuss any questions with their advisor or a staff member in the Registrar's Office. Seniors (89+ earned hours) may request a senior check two semesters prior to their intended graduation date.

If a student has taken a class that is to be substituted for a required class, a written substitution from the department chairperson must be submitted to the Registrar's Office and fully processed before the student can be approved for graduation.