Graduation Services

Apply to Graduate

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Click here to view a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions ranging from:

    • graduation application basics
    • degree analysis
    • changes to your graduation application
    • questions that arise after your last semester


  • Applying for Graduation

    Click the links below to view information on the graduation process. 


    • Steps to Apply

      1. Complete the Undergraduate Application.
      2. Submit your application by the deadlines (see below).
      3. Graduate students must contact the Graduate School. 

    • Deadlines to Apply

      Fall applications due:

      May 1

      Spring applications due:

      September 1

      Summer applications due: 

      December 1

    • Catalog Requirements

      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 Tennessee Tech overall average and a 2.00 GPA in the Tennessee Tech 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.

    • Degree Analysis

      A degree analysis that lists all remaining requirements needed for completion of your academic program will be uploaded into your Eagle Online after your application is processed. An email will be sent to your Tennessee Tech email and to your primary academic advisor listed in Eagle Online as soon as possible after your analysis is available. All applications are processed in the order in which they were received to complete the analysis.

      1. Meet with your advisor regarding requirements remaining and submit any necessary forms (ex: substitution forms) to the Academic Services - Graduation Office (Jere Whitson, Room 221) as soon as possible.
      2. All degree requirements, general and your specific, must be fulfilled prior to graduation.
      3. Notify the Graduation Office immediately of any change in your graduation status.

    • 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 Graduation Office, P. O. Box 5026, 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 Senior Exit Exam (offered through each College) is the only exam that is required of all undergraduates who plan to graduate. There are a few allowances for this exam. Please direct questions regarding the administration of the Senior Exit Exam from students to the following:

      College of Agriculture & Human Ecology
      Ms. Lisa Rice
      College of Arts & Sciences
      Ms. Colleen Harris
      College of Business
      Ms. Regina Gragg
      College of Education
      Ms. Nikki Christen
      College of Engineering
      Mr. Harry Ingle
      College of Interdisciplinary Studies
      Ms. Lisa Brown
      School of Nursing
      Mr. Ben Clark

      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 Office of Teacher Education at 931-372-3170.

      The ETS Exam is administered by the College of Business for all of their graduates. (931) 372-3372 is the contact number from the college.

      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 Fee

      Graduation fees are now included with 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 Tennessee Tech 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 inclusive combined 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.


    • Substitutions

      Course substitutions must be approved by the department chairperson and the dean of the college. If the substitution is for a course that meets General Education Requirements (and is not already an approved General Education course) the signature of the Chairperson of the General Education Committee (Dr. Kurt Eisen, Henderson Hall, Room 204C) must be obtained before being submitted to the Graduation Office. 

    • Personnel

      Cassaundra Trapp
      Academic Support Associate 4
                      (A - G)               | 931.372.3543

      Cheryl Corder
      Academic Support Associate 4
                               (H - P)                      | 931.372.3542

      Mary McCaskey
      Assistant Director
                                      (Q-Z)                           | 931.372.3303

    • 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 or 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.


  • Commencement

    Click here for important information regarding commencement for both graduates and guests. 


  • Undergraduate Catalog

    Click below to access the Undergraduate Catalog which includes degree requirements, course description, and important University information.


  • Degree Works

    View information on what Degree Works is, how it works, and where you can find support. 

    Degree Works

  • Replacement Diploma

    Need a new copy of your diploma? 

    Replacement Diploma

  • Transfer Coordination
  • Prior Learning Assessment

    Learn about extra-institutional learning credit and the process.