How can I determine where I stand with respect to fulfilling the requirements for a degree?
All students are encouraged to review their degree audit and meet with their advisers to ensure they have met all the requirements for Graduation.
Do I have to apply for graduation?
Yes. All candidates must apply for graduation. The Graduation Application and instructions can be found on the Graduation website. Please review the Graduation Application deadline submission to ensure your application is processed for the correct term.
Where do I apply for graduation?
Graduation / Commencement
Will I be charged a graduation fee?
Yes. A $100.00 non-refundable fee will be assessed to all students who have filed for graduation and the fee will be added directly to your bill/account. This fee covers only the costs associated with degree processing.
Will a graduation fee be applied to each time I apply for graduation?
This fee is charged to applicants for each degree level: Baccalaureate and Master’s. In the case where a master’s student has received a previous degree from Ramapo, this fee is applicable for the new degree level. However, if you file for graduation and do not graduate during that year, you will not be charged another fee. Instead, your first payment will be verified by the Office of the Registrar.
What is the deadline to submit my graduation application for the current term?
Graduation applications and all paperwork are due to the Graduation Office as follows:
Graduation Date – January
Apply Until – October 15
Graduation Date – June
Apply Until – February 15
Graduation Date – August
Apply Until – June 30
Do I have to be registered in my final term?
No. Students are eligible to apply for Graduation as long as they have attended a class in the past two semesters. If a student has not attended Ramapo College in the past two semesters then he/she will have to be readmitted to the college before they can apply for graduation.
Will I be notified by mail if I have completed the requirements for Graduation?
Students will receive a letter stating that they have completed the requirements for Graduation. This letter will be e-mailed to the student’s Ramapo email account after the conferral date.
If I participate in commencement, have I earned my degree?
No. Participating in the commencement exercises does not guarantee graduation. After graduation, we will begin the check out procedure. You will be notified via email if you do not meet the requirements for graduation.
How do I get Latin Honors?
Latin Honors are awarded automatically to graduates who have completed the following:
Grade Point Average – 3.500 – 3.699
Latin Honors Awarded – Cum Laude
Grade Point Average – 3.700 – 3.849
Latin Honors Awarded – Magna Cum Laude
Grade Point Average – 3.850 – 4.000
Latin Honors Awarded – Summa Cum Laude
What is the least number of credits I need to receive a degree?
A minimum of 48 credits must be completed at Ramapo College. Overall, the number of credits required to graduate from Ramapo College is 128 credits. However, every program has different credit requirements. Please review the number of classes and the number of credits with your adviser.
Can I receive my degree with an incomplete grade on my academic record?
All incomplete grades will need to be resolved before the deadline date outlined on the Graduation Application. Failure to resolve an incomplete will result in your application being rejected for graduation. You will then have to reapply for the next semester’s conferral date.
After I complete the requirements for my degree, when will my final transcript be available?
Degrees will not be conferred until the following dates:
Graduate Month – January Graduates
Conferral Date – January 30
Graduate Month – June Graduates
Conferral Date – June 20
Graduate Month – August Graduates
Conferral Date – August 30
Will my minor appear on my diploma?
No. The Ramapo College diploma has your major(s) and if applicable Latin Honors.
When will my diploma be available?
Diplomas will automatically be mailed to all graduates. After your degree is certified, as long as you do not have any outstanding financial obligations, your diploma will be ordered and will be shipped within 6 weeks directly to the permanent address on file. Therefore, it is important for you to login and verify the permanent address on your student record.
Can I replace a lost diploma?
Yes. A replacement diploma will indicate it is a replacement/duplicate diploma. The diploma will bear the signatures of the college officials at the time of the reprint. The cost for a replacement diploma is $30.00 and will take approximately 6 weeks to be received.
Can I take classes after receiving my undergraduate degree?
No. You will need to reapply to Ramapo College for a second degree or submit the necessary paperwork to be a Non-Degree Seeking Student.
Can my academic record be changed after I have graduated?
Once a student graduates, their academic record is closed. Therefore, grade changes or enrollment status cannot be manipulated.
What is the difference between Graduation and Commencement?
Graduation and Commencement are frequently confused terms. Graduation means actually completing and fulfilling your degree requirements resulting in a diploma. Graduation is the technical obtainment of credits to receive a degree. Commencement is the symbolic ceremony marking the closing of your academic career where you receive commendation for your hard work. It is an opportunity for you, your family, friends and the Ramapo College community to celebrate your achievement.