Graduation Process

UNC Charlotte Graduation

The process for graduating with honors varies slightly by program with respect to classes and requirements. However, in every honors program there is some form of Honors Capstone project that students are required to complete to demonstrate the experience and knowledge they have gained during their collegiate career. Many of these capstone projects involve extensive individual research, writing, and oral presentation. For many honors students, these capstones allow them to conduct an in-depth exploration of a topic they are passionate about and help prepare them for graduate school or the professional world. After completing their capstone, students are awarded honors distinction upon graduation, noted on the student's transcript. For the University Honors Program, this means graduating with University Honors. For all other programs, it means graduating with honors in the student's major.


Application to Candidacy

While every program has different requirements for their capstones, ALL honors students wishing to graduate with honors must complete the Honors Application to Candidacy. This is a multistep process explained in more detail below. 

The Application to Candidacy is a two-page form that must be completed by the student, faculty mentor(s), and program director(s). ALL honors students must complete this form in order to graduate with honors.  

  • Page 1 must be completed in PDF and submitted online hereby Reading Day the semester prior to graduation.  For example, if you plan to graduate in spring, page 1 must be completed by Reading Day in the fall semester; if you plan to graduate in the fall, page 1 must be completed by Reading Day in the spring. 
    • In addition to page 1, you must submit your thesis/project proposal and a layperson summary for your project.
    • When submitting, name all three files in the following way: Last Name, First Name - Application to Candidacy Form Page 1; Last Name, First Name - Layperson Summary; Last Name, First Name - Honors Proposal (**Please note:  If not saved correctly, you will be asked to resubmit.)
  • Page 2 must be completed in PDF and submitted online here, by the last day of classes during the semester of graduation.
    • In addition to page 2, you must submit your completed thesis/project proposal and an abstract for your project.
    • When submitting, name all three files in the following way: Last Name, First Name - Application to Candidacy Form Page 2; Last Name, First Name - Abstract; Last Name, First Name - Final Thesis or Project (**Please note:  If not saved correctly, you will be asked to resubmit.)

*Please note that the Application to Candidacy requires signatures from multiple faculty members, so do not wait until the last minute to complete it!

 

Other Helpful Doccuments:

Guidelines on Application to Candidacy for Students, Faculty, and Program Directors

Writing a Layperson Summary


Deadlines

The following deadlines are for the 2018-2019 school year.  

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 (Last Day of Class) [Seniors Graduating Fall 2018] - Last day to turn in honors thesis/proposal grades for Fall 2018 graduation with honors. Please schedule defense meetings accordingly.  Students must submit page 2 of the Application to Candidacy form with an abstract of the thesis/project to the Honors College Office, following the specific instructions above.  ​

Thursday, December 6th, 2018 (Reading Day) [Seniors Graduating Spring 2019] - Deadline to turn in page 1 of the Application to Candidacy form, along with the proposal and layperson summary to complete honors thesis/project in Spring 2019. The form, proposal, and layperson summary are due, filled out and with signatures, to the Honors College Office, following the specific instructions above.  

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 (Last Day of Class) [Seniors Graduating Spring 2019] - Last day to turn in honors thesis/proposal grades for Spring 2019 graduation with honors. Please schedule defense meetings accordingly.  Students must submit page 2 of the Application to Candidacy form with an abstract of the thesis/project to the Honors College Office, following the specific instructions above.​

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 (Reading Day) [Seniors Graduating Fall 2019] - Deadline to turn in page 1 of the Application to Candidacy form, along with the proposal and layperson summary to complete honors thesis/project in Fall 2019. The form, proposal, and layperson summary are due, filled out and with signatures, to the Honors College Office, following the specific instructions above.


When should I start the honors capstone process?

When you start the capstone process will depend on your honors program; however, most programs begin the process in your junior year. Programs require either a one or two semester progression of courses for their capstone; therefore, it is extremely important to reference your program's website or ask your program director for more information about your program's requirements. 


Want to get a headstart?

While you generally cannot complete your honors capstone before your final year, it is never to early to begin thinking about a possible topic and faculty members who could advise you on your topic. If you need inspiration for how to get started, check out these examples


Regalia

In addition to a certificate denoting graduation with honors and recognition in the commencement program, many honors programs provide their students with regalia, like that featured below, to wear at commencement. 

Honors Regalia