Undergraduate Graduation Information
Applying for Graduation for Undergraduates
The undergraduate graduation application should be filed after the student has earned 90 hours..
- Obtain advisor(s) signature
- Submit to the Graduation Office (Derryberry Hall, Room 122) by published deadlines.
- Fall 2013 deadline is August 9, 2013
- Spring 2014 deadline is December 13, 2013
- Summer 2014 deadline is December 13, 2013
Graduate students must contact the Graduate School Office, Derryberry Hall, Room 306.
Effective Summer 2010, there is no longer a summer term graduation ceremony. Students can apply for graduation in the Summer, and receive a diploma, but will participate in the Fall ceremony.
Individual Ceremony Information
Additional information regarding Fall and Spring commencement ceremonies can be found at the Commencement web site
All students must complete the general requirements as prescribed by the University and the specific requirements set forth for the degree sought. Catalogs are available on the web.
- A minimum of 120 hours is required. In order to meet the residence requirements, a student must complete at least 25 percent of the credit for the degree requirements including a minimum of 24 of the last 30 hours of 3000 and 4000 level requirements at Tennessee Technological University.
- A student must have a 2.00 GPA overall and a 2.00 average in the major. Transfer students must also have a 2.00 GPA in their TTU overall average and a 2.00 GPA in the TTU major average.
- Undergraduate students may be required, as a prerequisite to graduation, to take one or more tests designed to measure general education achievement and achievement in the major areas for the purpose of evaluating academic programs.
A degree analysis that lists all remaining requirements needed for completion of your academic program will be sent to you and to your major department as soon as possible after receipt of your graduation application.
Meet with your advisor regarding requirements remaining and submit any necessary forms (ex: substitution forms) to the Academic Services - Graduation Office (Derryberry Hall, Room 122) as soon as possible.
- All degree requirements, general and your specific, must be fulfilled prior to graduation.
- Notify the Graduation Office immedicately of any change in your graduation status.
If you need a replacement diploma, please fill out the Replacement Diploma Application.
Graduation Coursework and Requirement Deadlines
All coursework for undergraduate degrees must be completed and grades submitted (incomplete grade removals are due on the Friday before exams begin for graduating students) by the Monday following commencement.
Students taking coursework at other colleges must have the official transcript sent to the Academic Services - Graduation Office, P. O. Box 5097, Cookeville, TN 38505 no later than 2 weeks after the graduation date.
Any transcripts received late will be considered for the next semester's graduation.
Exams for Graduation
- The Praxis Exam is required of all students who are seeking licensure. To ensure that you are registered for all necessary parts of the exam, check with your advisor or Laboratory Experiences at 931-372-3170.
- The Fundamentals of Engineering Exam is required in several departments in the College of Engineering. Check with your advisor to see if you need to take the exam.
Any or all students may be required to take one or more tests designed to measure general education achievement and achievement in major areas as a prerequisite to graduation, for the purpose of evaluation of academic programs.
Graduation fees are now included in the general access fee.
Graduation with Honors
Graduation with honors as listed in the commencement program is determined by the cumulative GPA, which is all TTU and transfer degree credit courses, at the beginning of the final semester of enrollment.
- Cum Laude: 3.50 – 3.69
- Magna Cum Laude: 3.70 – 3.89
- Summa Cum Laude: 3.90 – 4.00
- W.A.Howard Award : 4.00
The W.A. Howard Award will be announced at the commencement ceremony. After confirmation of all grades, a plaque will be mailed to the graduate and it will be noted on the diploma and the transcript.
The honors notation on the diploma and on the transcript is determined by the cumulative GPA on all degree-credit courses at the end of the final semester.
These honors are only available for undergraduate degrees.
Honors cords/stoles/sashes may be available through honor societies that you are a member of on campus and must be obtained through them. The University does not supply them.
Course substitutions must be approved by the department chairperson and the dean of the college. The substitution form can be downloaded or can be picked up in the Academic Services-Graduation Office, Derryberry Hall, Room 122.
Misrepresentation of Academic Credentials
It is a Class A misdemeanor to misrepresent academic credentials. A person commits the offense of misrepresentation of academic credentials who, knowing that the statement is false and with the intent to secure employment at or admission to an institution of higher education in Tennessee, represents, orally or in writing that such person:
- Has successfully completed the required course work for and has been awarded one (1) or more degrees or diplomas from an accredited institution of higher education;
- Has successfully completed the required course work for and has been awarded one (1) or more degrees for diplomas from a particular institution of higher education; or
- Has successfully completed the required course work for and has been awarded one (1) or more degrees or diplomas in a particular field or specialty from an accredited institution of higher education.