Lake Superior State University

Graduation Procedures

Degree candidacy procedure: Two semesters before students plan to complete degree requirements and graduate, they must submit an official degree audit (signed by the department chair) for each major and minor, and a Graduation Application Form to the Registrar's Office. The  official degree audit forms are available at the student’s major departmental office.

The official Degree Audit for a student’s major or minor specifies all required courses that have been or must be completed. The audit must be signed by the chair of the school or department offering the major or minor program. Course substitutions and waivers of departmental degree program requirements may be granted only by the chair and approved by the dean of the college offering the major or minor program. Course substitutions and waivers for education majors or minors must also have approval from the Director of the School of Education.

Exceptions to specific general education requirements may be granted only by the Scholastic Standards Committee. Such exceptions are infrequently made. A petition for exceptions to general education requirements is initiated with the Chair of Scholastic Standards.

The Registrar's Office will verify the students’ Degree Audits, after which a  Degree Audit verification form is sent to each student and respective school or department chair. Students are responsible for examining this verification and requesting clarification of anything that is not consistent with their records or understanding.

From the Graduation Application Forms submitted by students, a potential graduate list is created for each semester. Names for the commencement program and diploma will be the official, legal name as listed in the records of the University. The names of students who are listed in the annual commencement program are also compiled from the Graduation Application Forms. Students may not be listed in the commencement program unless their Graduation Application Form is filed with the Registrar's Office six weeks prior to commencement. Students are expected to attend commencement exercises unless excused by the Registrar's Office.

Students completing degree requirements during the summer may participate in commencement the previous semester if their Graduation Application Form is received six weeks prior to commencement.

After grades are received at the end of each semester, Degree Audits will be updated for all students completing credit and who have a Graduation Application Form on file. When all requirements specified on the Degree Audit are fulfilled, the college dean and/or school chair and Registrar give final approval. Names of these graduates are then sent to the president for approval by the Board of Trustees. Subsequently, a diploma is provided to each student.

Diploma charge: There is no charge for the first diploma from the University. A fee is charged for replacement diplomas.

Students completing graduation requirements in the fall semester or summer, or who otherwise need documentation of completion before their diploma is available, may request a letter certifying that they have completed degree requirements. Additionally, official University transcripts will be sent to any employer, graduate university, or elsewhere, as requested by the graduate. Official transcripts will not be mailed to students.

Graduation with honors: Honors graduates must earn at least 32 credits at Lake Superior State University.

Students who earn 3.50 to 3.69 will graduate cum laude; 3.70 to 3.89, magna cum laude; 3.90 to 4.00, summa cum laude.

Graduation diplomas with honors will be awarded to baccalaureate, associate, and certificate recipients. Honors medallions will be awarded to baccalaureate, associate and certificate recipients who graduate summa cum laude.

Delinquent Accounts

Students with delinquent accounts may be removed from class, have their diploma withheld, and/or have transcript requests denied.

Honors Degree

The University Honors Program offers highly motivated students the opportunity to develop their abilities and skills in exciting and innovative ways. The central goal of the University honors program is to create a community of scholars characterized by strong student-faculty interaction around the world of ideas. The honors program fosters an approach to education that incorporates the qualities of active participation, intellectual curiosity and an interdisciplinary focus.

Selection is based upon a number of factors, including: ACT scores, high school grade point average, application essay, personal interview and Lake State faculty nomination. Students invited to participate in the program enroll in courses designated for honors credit. The courses are distributed among the requirements for general education, the student’s major, and the University honors program and may include small seminars or independent research projects.

To graduate with an honors degree in a program of study, the honors student must have formal acceptance into the University honors program and have successfully completed 21 honors credit hours with an overall grade point average of 3.5* or better at graduation. The 21 honors credit hours are to be distributed among the University’s requirements for general education, the student’s major and the University honors program.

Upon graduation from the honors program, the student will receive an honors degree in his/her program of study. The honors degree designation is indicated on the student’s diploma and is distinct from graduating with honors (see Graduation with Honors).

*Students who entered LSSU prior to Fall 2005 will be allowed to continue in the Honors Program with a cumulative gpa of 3.3 (i.e. the previous requirement is “grandfathered” in).