ETSU Undergraduate Graduation Information:

  • Eligibility for Participation in Graduation Ceremonies
    • Students who have completed degree requirements may participate in graduation ceremonies. There are two ceremonies each year. Spring graduates attend the Spring ceremony. Summer graduates receive their diplomas in late August and are invited to attend the following Fall ceremony along with the Fall graduates.

  • Complete your Intent to Graduate Form, Major Sheet or Degree Works audit (signed by you and your advisor) and Minor Sheet or Degree Works audit (signed by you and your advisor) two semesters prior to expected graduation.

  • 120 earned credit hours are required for a student's first bachelor degree
    • 30 of those hours must be earned at ETSU
    • 50 earned credit hours of the 120 must be earned at a senior institution (4-year university or college)
    • 24 hours must be earned at ETSU within the student's final two years of completing a degree program
    • Students should be enrolled only at ETSU during the final semester of completing a degree program

  • Students must earn a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in all courses (ETSU, including transfer) and published requirements for the major and/or concentration and the minor, if applicable.
    • The overall grade point average includes all institutional and articulated transfer coursework excluding pre-college level courses.  Any new transfer coursework received after Summer 2015 will not be calculated in the overall grade point average.  Developmental studies/learning support hours will not be considered in grade point average calculations.

  • Developmental courses do not count towards graduation required hours or GPA.

  • All students must demonstrate computer proficiency by either successfully completing CSCI 1100 or passing a UIT proficiency exam.

  • The Bachelor of Arts, Science, and Social Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences all have separate course requirements for each degree program.
    • These requirements can be found in the catalog
  • Many majors and degree programs require students to take specific courses to fulfill general education requirements. Students should consult the catalog and their advisors regarding specific general education requirements applicable to their majors and degree programs.

  • Some departments give major field tests, those departments change annually. If required, your department will notify you of the test and dates available.

  • All undergraduates must take the California Critical Thinking Skills Test before graduation. You will receive an e-mail notification about the test when you complete 96 credit hours. You should take the test as soon after that as possible. For more information, visit:

  • All undergraduates must complete proficiency-intensive course requirements: 4 writing-intensive courses (2 in major or minor, 2 at the 3000/4000 level), 2 oral communication-intensive (1 in major or minor; gen ed SPCH does not qualify if used to meet core requirement), and 1 technology-intensive (in addition to CSCI 1100) in major or minor. Some transfer and readmit students may be able to complete reduced intensive requirements (2 writing, 1 oral, 1 tech). Visit for more information.

  • If you are pursuing a teaching license with your major, you must be advised also by the College of Education regarding the teaching requirements. 

Transfer Credit 

For graduating seniors, official transcripts of all work taken at other schools (including correspondence work) during this semester must be received by the Office of Admissions before a degree can be conferred. The diploma cannot be released until all OFFICIAL transcripts have been received.


All incomplete grades in courses necessary for graduation must be removed. An incomplete not necessary for graduation and not removed will automatically become an "F" upon graduation and will be reflected in the GPA in accordance with institutional policy.

Financial Accounts

All financial accounts MUST be settled by the Thursday before Graduation for graduating seniors. Library fines, parking fines, obligations to the instructional media center, returned checks, loan exit interviews, etc. must be cleared. Neither the diploma nor transcripts can be released until all accounts are cleared.

Participating in Alternative Ceremonies:

Students graduating in spring should plan to attend the May commencement ceremony. Students graduating in summer and fall should plan to attend the December commencement ceremony. If extenuating circumstances exist that prevent a student from participating in his or her designated ceremony, the student should contact his or her analyst with this information after registering for their last semester of coursework. The analyst will provide information to the Registrar who will consider these circumstances in regards to the commencement ceremony.

Graduate Level Hours:

Undergraduate students may not use graduate level hours to satisfy undergraduate degree requirements with the exception of students admitted into accelerated programs by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

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