Graduation Process

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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 two step Honors Application to Candidacy process.  **Please note:  DegreeWorks will be updated once you have completed the SECOND step of the Application to Candidacy Process.**

**Effective Fall 2019 this process MUST be initiated by the students.**

The Application to Candidacy is a two-step process that must be completed by the student, their thesis advisor, first and second (if applicable) reader, as well as program director(s). ALL honors students must complete this form in order to graduate with honors.  

  • Page 1 must be completed via DocuSign and submitted here, by Reading Day the semester prior to graduation.  For example, if you plan to graduate in spring 2020, page 1 must be completed by Reading Day in the fall 2019 semester; if you plan to graduate in fall 2020, page 1 must be completed by Reading Day in spring 2020. 
    • In addition to page 1, you must submit your thesis/project proposal and a layperson summary for your project.
    • When submitting the layperson summary, save the document as follows:  
           Student Last Name, First Name - Layperson Summary  
    • When submitting the honors proposal, save the document as follows: 
           Student Last Name, First Name - Honors Proposal
       
  • Page 2 must be completed via DocuSign and submitted here, by the last day of classes during the semester of graduation.
    • In addition to page 2, you must submit your completed thesis/project and an abstract for your project.
    • When submitting the abstract, save the document as follows:  
           Student Last Name, First Name - Abstract  
    • When submitting the honors thesis, save the document as follows:  
           Student Last Name, First Name - Thesis FINAL
The students are responsible for ensuring all documents are submitted successfully. 


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 2019-2020 school year.  

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 (Last Day of Class) [Seniors Graduating Fall 2019] - Last day to turn in honors thesis/proposal grades for Fall 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.  ​

Thursday, December 5th, 2019 (Reading Day) [Seniors Graduating Spring 2020] - 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 2020. 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 28th, 2020 (Last Day of Class) [Seniors Graduating Spring 2020] - Last day to turn in honors thesis/proposal grades for Spring 2020 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, April 29th, 2019 (Reading Day) [Seniors Graduating Fall 2020] - 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 2020. 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