Preparing for Graduation
To successfully graduate with honors, you must follow the steps below:
First, you must file your intent to graduate with both the Schreyer Honors College and the Office of the University Registrar.
Schreyer Honors College
To notify the Schreyer Honors College of your intent to graduate you should indicate your intended semester of graduation via the Student Records System.
Please note that your thesis proposal is due one year prior to your intended semester of graduation. If you have not already completed your proposal, please do so via SRS. Your thesis proposal is used to:
- Notify the Schreyer Honors College of your intended area(s) of honors
- Notify the Schreyer Honors College of the faculty members with whom you will be working
- Order your honors diploma when you graduate
Office of the University Registrar
Information on filing your intent to graduate can be found on the Registrar's website.
Please make sure that your contact information is kept up to date so you receive all graduation information from the Schreyer Honors College and Penn State. You can update your contact information at any time via eLion.
The Schreyer Honors College recommends that students check their transcript or degree audit at the end of every semester to ensure that all 14 honors credits for the junior/senior block are appearing correctly. Courses counting as honors credits in the junior/senior block include:
- Honors courses
- 500-level courses
- Honors Option courses
- Honors Independent Study/Research courses
- Study abroad experience (one semester abroad = 3 honors credits, one year = 6 honors credits) *
* Note: For summer programs or programs less than one semester in length, please contact the Schreyer Honors College office to find out how many honors credits will be granted.
Scholars planning to graduate in less than three and a half years must still complete a minimum of 14 honors credits in the junior/senior block. However, we will count back two years from the semester of graduation. Please note that while 400-level courses do count as honors credits for Scholars in the first and second year, 400-level courses will not be counted as honors credits during the junior/senior block for Scholars graduating in three years.
Please remember that Scholars are required to:
- Submit a thesis proposal one year prior to graduation
- Have a current annual Schreyer Plan on file with the Schreyer Honors College
- Submit an honors thesis by the appropriate deadline
- Obtain a cumulative GPA of 3.40
The honors thesis is the culmination of your Honors College experience at Penn State.
The Honors Thesis Project Guide can help you:
- Identify a thesis topic and adviser
- Develop a thesis schedule
- Prepare and format your thesis
- Publish your thesis research
Before your submit your thesis, please use the Thesis Submission Guide to inform you of the submission process.
- Mandatory Thesis Format Review Due: Monday, November 07, 2016 by 11:59 p.m.
- Final Thesis Submission Due: Monday, November 21, 2016 by 11:59 p.m.
- Mandatory Thesis Format Review Due: Friday, March 03, 2017 by 11:59 p.m.
- Final Thesis Submission Due: Monday, April 10, 2017 by 11:59 p.m.
- Mandatory Thesis Format Review Due: Monday, July 10, 2017 by 11:59 p.m.
- Final Thesis Submission Due: Monday, July 24, 2017 by 11:59 p.m.
- Mandatory Thesis Format Review Due: Monday, November 06, 2017 by 11:59 p.m.
- Final Thesis Submission Due: Monday, November 20, 2017 by 11:59 p.m.
Theses may be submitted to the Schreyer Honors College prior to your intended semester of graduation if you will be student teaching or studying abroad. If you submit your thesis early, please note the correct semester of graduation on your thesis title page.
About Medals Ceremony
The Schreyer Honors College holds a special ceremony at the end of each semester to honor graduating Schreyer Scholars. At the ceremony, graduates are presented with the Scholars Medal, created by metallist John A. Cook, professor emeritus of art in the College of Arts and Architecture. The medal is engraved with the phrases "Scholarly Achievement," "Integrity of Purpose," and "Intellectual Curiousity."
Tickets are required for admission to the spring Medals Ceremony. Each graduating Scholar may request up to four tickets to the event. Should additional tickets be available, Scholars are notified in a message from the college and tickets then be picked up from the college's Atherton Hall offices on a first-come basis. No tickets are required for summer or fall Medals Ceremonies.
Undergraduate cap and gown is required for the Medals Ceremony, and can be purchased at the Student Book Store. No cords or any other adornments are permitted.
Friday, December 16
Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, Presidents Hall I & II
Friday, May 5
Saturday, August 12
Bryce Jordan Center
Friday, December 15
Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
Congratulations, you made it to Penn State's commencement ceremonies. All information about these ceremonies can be found on the Commencement website.
Students may defer graduation with honors to the following semester. If you need to defer your graduation with honors in order to complete the honors thesis, you may do so without registering for any courses or paying any tuition for the following semester. You will simply need to enroll for graduation only for you intended semester of graduation.
To defer your graduation with honors:
- Contact the Coordinator of Academic Services to update your Schreyer Honors College records
- Contact your academic college to have your name removed from the current graduation list
- Activate your intent to graduate at the beginning of your new semester of graduation
- If you are not registered for any courses during your new semester of graduation, you will need to enroll for graduation only (no cost to do so). Contact your academic college Dean's office to do this.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:SHC Coordinator of Academic Services
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