Commencement Requirements

Welcome to the 2016 Morehouse College Graduation and Participation Process!

The entire Morehouse community shares in your pride and excitement. We are committed to ensuring that this important milestone in your son’s life is as enjoyable and memorable as possible. 

Graduation and Degree Requirements

Morehouse College offers an education that combines academic rigor with relevant, experiential learning experiences in a dynamic learning community that reflects the energy, spirit, and premise of our mission.

Students are required to complete all requirements for graduation in order to earn the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree. These include all credit-bearing and non-credit bearing requirements, including, but not limited to Crown Forum, mandatory exit exams, seminars, and proficiency examinations or evaluations.

Degree Requirements

A student must satisfy the following requirements to earn a bachelor's degree from Morehouse:

  1. File a timely application for graduation (satisfying the dates specified by the registrar).
  2. Successfully complete a minimum of 120 semester hours of non- repeat courses (exclusive of courses numbered below 100).
  3. Successfully complete the College’s core curriculum. (See below.)
  4. Successfully complete an approved major concentration sequence.
  5. Present a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher.
  6. Complete at least two years of coursework (a minimum of 60 semester hours) in residence at the College.
  7. Be in good standing at the College.
  8. Fulfill all financial obligations to the College.

Core Curriculum Requirements

The Core Curriculum consists of 53 semester hours of required coursework in the humanities, mathematics, natural sciences and social sciences

Those who have not fulfilled graduation requirements will be allowed to participate in commencement exercises only under the following circumstances:

The Morehouse College Commencement Participation Policy

Participation in Commencement exercises does not necessarily signify graduation from the College.

Students who have not fulfilled graduation requirements will be allowed to participate in commencement exercises only under the following circumstances:

  1. The student has four (4) or fewer credit hours outstanding;
  2. The student has only one of the following outstanding graduation requirements: one course; one lab; OR one course and one associated lab; and
  3. The student has submitted, and had accepted by the department chair of his major area of study, a plan for completing all degree requirements by the end of the spring semester of the following academic year.

In addition, achieved both Academic and Administrative Clearance 

Academic Clearance

Earned at least 116 hours towards graduation (not counting hours earned for Math 090, Reading 098, and Reading 099).

At most, 1 credit bearing course and accompanying laboratory remaining to complete in order to satisfy all degree requirements.

A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0

Administrative Clearance 

Commencement Participation Application

All students who wish to participate in 2016 commencement ceremonies and meet the criteria described in the policy were required to complete the Commencement Participation Application by November 10, 2015.

The Commencement Participation Application should be completed by any student who meets the criteria described in the policy and can be academically cleared, but will not complete degree requirements by the end of the spring semester 2016. These students also should complete the Graduation Application.

Applying for permission to participate in May 2016 Morehouse College commencement exercises requires the following steps:

Step 1: Complete the preliminary online application (Commencement Participation Application) and submit electronically to your chair by 11/10/2015. The  application is available here.

Step 2: Make an appointment to meet with your department chair between 1/15/2016 and 2/28/2016.

Step 3: Meet with your department chair to complete your application, including your specific plan to complete degree requirements (no later than 2/28/2016).

Step 4: Department chair will submit the names of all students approved to participate to the Office of Academic Affairs.

Step 5: By March 30, 2016 Assistant Provost for Student Success will notify the Office of Records and Registration and departments chairs of students receiving final approval to participate in commencement.

Step 6: Department chair will notify seniors of final decision by 4/1/2016.