Undergraduate: Graduation Information

Graduation Information 

Take a look at the Pre-Graduation checklist (PDF) to make sure you haven’t missed a step.
 

Tassel Color

Sustainable Plant Systems and Professional Golf Management majors will have a tassel color of Maize (gold). You can purchase caps, gowns, and tassels at the Barnes and Noble bookstore at the Gateway.

Curriculum Requirements

The Ohio State University requires its students to follow the curriculum within the degree that the student is earning. The curriculum consists of General Education, college, and major requirements. Please pay particular attention to the bulleted items under the college requirements. You are responsible for understanding these requirements. To view the curriculum requirements for your degree within the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences click here.

 

Degree Audit

Performing a degree audit is a tool to check your progress towards your degree. The audit will help you determine what requirement areas you need to fulfill, what areas you have already fulfilled, and how many hours you have accumulated. The audit will calculate your cumulative as well as your major and minor grade point averages. By running a degree audit, you will be better able to plan your course load for the subsequent semesters that you are enrolled. The degree audit should be reviewed in conjunction with your curriculum sheet for the Bachelor of Science Degree in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

To view the CFAES Curriculum Sheets, click here.
Degree Audit instructions can be found here.
If you need help viewing your degree audit, contact your academic advisor.
 

Meet with your Academic Advisor

Late in your junior year, you should schedule an appointment with your faculty advisor for a final evaluation of your requirements and to formulate a plan for graduation. By doing so, you will be able to put together a list of classes that you need to take during your last two semesters of enrollment. Have your degree audit with you at this time to better understand what requirements you still need to fulfill in order to graduate. If you are not sure who your faculty advisor is, check your Student Center in Buckeyelink. If the advisor is not listed or is wrong, contact the Coordinating Advisor for your major within the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Click here to see a list of the college's Coordinating Advisors.
 

Name on Your Diploma

The name on your diploma will match the name that you have listed on the University Registrar's website exactly. Please review your name on your advising report or degree audit. Should you want to change your name, you must complete a "Record Changes" form and provide appropriate documentation.
The form may be submitted to 100 Agricultural Administration or the 1st Floor of the Student Academic Services Building. Please submit the name change documents prior to completing the Application for Degree.
 

Application for Degree

The application will be reviewed within approximately one week of submission and an e-mail will be sent to you indicating approval or concerns that need to be addressed. It is your responsibility to check your e-mail in order to address these concerns immediately. Any changes in the course plan after application submission should be e-mailed to Lynn Mande and the changes will be added to the application. It is also your responsibility to understand the graduation requirements and the implications of changing the plan.
No paper Applications for Degree will be accepted. Applicaitons MUST be submitted two semesters prior to the semester of graduation. Example: Apply Spring semester for the following spring semester. 
 

Senior Recognition Luncheons

In the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, seniors are recognized the semester they graduate for their accomplishments. Graduating seniors will be invited via e-mail to the celebration that is usually held just prior to graduation rehearsal. Students graduating with Distinction and Latin Honors are also recognized at this luncheon.
 

Graduation Rehearsal

Graduating seniors will receive an informational e-mail approximately the tenth week of the semester in which they intend to graduate with instructions including the date, time, and place of practice. This information will also be posted here. Graduation rehearsal will typically be held the Friday before commencement every semester. You will be expected to stand with other students of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The rehearsal lasts about an hour and a half. You will not need to wear your cap and gown to the rehearsal at this time.
 

Commencement Ceremonies

Commencement ceremonies are typically held on a Sunday afternoon. No tickets are required and there is no limit on the number of guests attending. During the ceremony, which will last about two and a half hours, the president, the provost, and your cadet marshals will provide directions. Please listen carefully to their signals. Ohio State is one of the few institutions that distributes actual diplomas at commencement; therefore, we ask that students participate in the ceremony or notify us of your plan to not participate. Should you decide not to participate, you must notify the College Office, 100 Agricultural Administration, of your plan not to attend by the deadline set in your instructional e-mail. Participation in the ceremony is reserved for graduates only. The Ohio Stadium is the location for Commencement during Spring Semester only. At this time, Autumn and Summer Commencements are held at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. Click here for more information about commencement.
 

Graduating with Latin Honors

  • Cum laude: 3.50-3.69 CPHR (Cumulative Point-Hour Ratio)
  • Magna cum laude: 3.70-3.89 CPHR
  • Summa cum laude: 3.90 or above CPHR
Only students presenting at least 60 semester hours of work completed while at this university are eligible for Latin Honors. Latin Honors is determined at the end of the semester preceding the semester of graduation. Latin Honors can be added or raised higher should your CPHR meet the minimum as of the last semester.
 

Graduating with Research Distinction

Students who have a 3.00 GPA or higher, complete a research project, present at the CFAES and Denman Research Forums, and upload their written project to Knowledge Bank, may be awarded the degree with distinction in the major field of study with the diploma so inscribed.