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Graduation FAQ

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How do I apply for graduation?

Complete and submit the Application for Graduation to the Admissions and Records Office. You may obtain an application in the Admissions and Records Office or the Campus Information Center.

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I am completing two concentrations in the same major. Will I receive two diplomas? 

You may complete requirements for more than one concentration of study within the degree program by successfully completing all course requirements in both concentrations. A separateApplication for Graduation must be submitted for each concentration.

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How will my name appear on the diploma and/or certificate? 

Your name will appear exactly as you list it on the Application for Graduation.

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When/where is the commencement ceremony? 

Students graduating in the fall, spring, and summer semesters will attend the commencement exercises in May unless special permission is granted by the Admissions and Records Office. Students completing degree/certificate requirements at the end of the fall semester will not receive their diplomas until the commencement exercise in May, but their permanent record will be posted as of the semester they graduate. Students completing graduation requirements at the end of the summer semester will receive their diplomas in August. The Spring 2015 commencement exercises will be on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. at East Tennessee State University's Memorial Center

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When will I receive my diploma? 

Diplomas for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 will be mailed beginning 4 -6 weeks after the commencement ceremony.

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How/when is graduation honors calculated? 

Students receiving associate degrees with final cumulative grade point averages of 3.9 to 4.0 will be awarded Summa Cum Laude while those with final cumulative grade point averages of 3.75 to 3.89 will be awarded Magna Cum Laude. Graduates with final cumulative grade point averages of 3.5 to 3.74 will be awarded Cum Laude. Developmental studies grade point averages will not count toward calculation of either semester or graduation honors. Northeast State has one commencement ceremony per year which is at the end of the spring semester. Therefore, graduation honors are calculated at the end of the fall semester. This average will be included in the graduation program, the graduation ceremony, and all news releases concerning graduation.

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I did not complete my requirements within the semester I applied. How do I apply for graduation now? 

Students who do not graduate during the semester that is indicated on the Application for Graduation will have their application voided and must reapply for graduation during the semester in which they intend to graduate.

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I missed the deadline to submit an Application for Graduation. Can I submit it late? 

You may submit it for the following semester.

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If I lost or destroyed my diploma, can I get a new one? 

Yes. The replacement cost is $15.00 and this fee should be paid directly to the Business Office with a written request for a new diploma. The written request should include the student's name, as it should appear on the diploma, dates of attendance, year of graduation, social security number or Campus Wide Identification number and where the replacement diploma should be mailed. It takes approximately 10 days for processing the replacement diploma request.

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Do I need to take any graduation exams? 

The State of Tennessee requires that all graduates receiving an associate or bachelor's degree from a state institution participate in an exit examination. The College uses the Proficiency Profile exit exam. There is no fee for completing this exam, and no minimum score or level of achievement is required to graduate. However, the outcome of the test affects the College's funding. And, the value of your diploma in the community is directly related to how Northeast ranks in meeting its educational objectives, so please put forth your best effort. You must complete this exam before your degree will be conferred.  Also, students must complete required competency examinations in specified academic majors. Students will be notified by mail about specific testing requirements.

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Can I participate in the commencement ceremony if I have remaining requirements to complete in the summer? 

Students who plan to complete requirements for graduation by the end of the summer term may participate in the spring graduation ceremonies. These students must (1) complete the Application for Graduation by the spring deadline as published in the Schedule of Classes and; (2) be within nine hours of degree completion.

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