Graduation Requirements

Academic Policies & Procedures

Class Year Assignment

The Vice President for Academic Affairs has charge of the classification, academic standing, and progress of students. Students are typically classified with the sophomore class when they have completed 30 credits, with the junior class when they have completed 60 credits, and with the senior class when they have completed 90 credits.

Depending on the specific courses being transferred in, first-time Transfer Students will be assigned their graduation class year based on the following credit ranges:

  • Senior Class: transferring in 84-120 credits
  • Junior Class: transferring in 54-83.9 credits 
  • Sophomore Class: transferring in 24-53.9 credits 
  • Freshman Class: transferring in 0-23.9 credits

As student's class year assignment will only be changed in cases where the student's progress towards graduation changes.

The Registrar's Office does not change class year for registration purposes; however juniors who have completed at least 84 credits may request that their registration priority be reviewed.

Requirements for Graduation

It is the personal responsibility of the student to ensure that all academic requirements in the general education, major and minor programs are satisfactorily completed.

The requirements for the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration are the following:

  1. satisfactory completion of all course requirements, including general education and major courses. Proof of a grade of "C" or higher for each transfer course; including those from Stonehill sponsored programs (both abroad and domestic), or those taken as part of SACHEM or any other consortia agreement, must be submitted to the Registrar's Office by the due date for final senior grades.
  2. a cumulative grade-point average of a 2.00 or above, (a student who fails to achieve the minimum 2.00 average at the end of the fourth year may be granted on additional semester to achieve it);
  3. For students in the Class of 2013: satisfactory completion of 40 three or four credit courses, at least 20 of which must be taken at Stonehill; For students in the Classes of 2014 - 2017: satisfactory completion of a minimum of 120 credits, at least 60 of which must be taken at Stonehill. Beginning with students in the Class of 2018: satisfactory completion of a minimum of 124 credits, at least 62 of which must be taken at Stonehill;
  4. attendance at the College for at least two years, one of which is normally the fourth year.
  5. an Application for Graduation on file in the Registrar's Office.

The student is responsible for payment of all financial obligations to the College, and the diploma and academic transcript are withheld until such obligations have been satisfied.

Degrees ordinarily are conferred by the College at the public Commencement Exercises. Candidates for degrees are to be present at these exercises unless excused by the Office of Academic Affairs.

Graduation Dates

While Stonehill only holds one public Commencement Exercise in May, students who complete their degree requirements early may earn their degree at the end of the summer (September 1st) or at the end of the Fall semester (December 31st). May Commencement Exercises will normally be held on the 3rd Sunday of May, when May is a four week month, and on the 4th Sunday of May, when May is a five week month.

To be eligible for May Graduation

A student must satisfactorily complete all degree, major, and general education requirements by no later than the final due date for Spring senior grades. The official date of graduation on the diploma and transcript will be the date of May Commencement.

To be eligible for September 1st Graduation

A student must satisfactorily complete all degree, major, and general education requirements by no later than August 20th of that year.The official date of graduation on the diploma and transcript will be September 1. Diplomas will be mailed by October.

To be eligible for December 31st Graduation

A student must satisfactorily complete all degree, major, and general education requirements by no later than the final due date for Fall semester grades. The official date of graduation on the diploma and transcript will be December 31st. Diplomas will be mailed by February.

Students who graduate on September 1st or December 31st will be considered part of the following year's graduating class year. Students who continue part-time to complete their degree requirements may not be eligible for Financial Aid or student housing.

Participation in Commencement Exercises

Any student who has completed all official degree requirements by the final due date for Senior spring grades and who has an approved "Application for Graduation" on file in the Registrar's Office will be allowed to participate in May Commencement Exercises.

Seniors who are within two courses of meeting their graduation requirements and have submitted an approved "Application to Participate in Commencement" to the Registrar's Office by the last day of spring final exams may be eligible to participate in the May Commencement prior to completion of the final requirements. Students must also have an approved plan to complete these final requirements during the summer on file with the Office of Academic Services and Advising as part of the application to participate process.

Students approved to participate in Commencement prior to the completion of all final requirements will be noted in the Commencement Program without final honors designation. Diplomas will be mailed to these students upon completion and certification of all final requirements on the College's next official date of degree conferment.

September graduates who participate in the May Commencement prior to their degree completion may not participate in the following May Commencement. September graduates who do not attend the May Commencement prior to degree completion are automatically included in the next May Commencement.

Normally, December graduates may not participate in the Commencement prior to degree completion. December graduates are automatically included in the May Commencement following degree completion.

Selection of a Major

Degree candidates must declare at least one major field of study before the end of the first semester of the junior year or prior to enrollment in the final 45 credits. Some majors require the selection of a concentration within the major.

Students who enter the College with an intended major and complete that major will be considered as having declared at the time of admission.

Undeclared students or students who wish to change their major must submit a Major Declaration Form, signed by the appropriate Department Chairperson or Program Director to the Registrar's Office. Major Declaration Forms are available on myHill and in the Registrar's Office.

Double Major

A student may enroll in two majors, subject to the approval of the respective Department Chairpersons or Program Directors and in consultation with the Office of Academic Services. This option must be requested by completing the Declaration of Major Form and a four-year plan. Major Declaration Forms and Four-Year Plan Forms are available on myHill and in the Registrar's Office.

In some cases a student may need to enroll in more than 120 credits in order to satisfy the requirements of both majors. In some cases students will be assessed additional fees.

A student who satisfactorily completes two majors will receive one degree from the College, with this exception: If a student satisfactorily completes the requirements for two majors and the second major is in a different degree program (B.A. vs. B.S. vs. B.S.B.A.), a second degree will be awarded, even if it is completed after the student's official graduation. The student will be given the option of selecting which degree will be presented at Commencement.

Declaration of an Interdisciplinary Major

In lieu of declaring one major field of study, degree candidates may declare an individually designed interdisciplinary major before the end of the first semester of the junior year or prior to enrollment in the final 45 credits. Should degree candidates declare an interdisciplinary major as a second major, they may do so up to the first semester of the senior year.

Students who wish to declare an interdisciplinary major must complete the Declaration of Major form and submit a program proposal that includes a statement describing educational goals sought, and the sequence of courses that would enable the student to achieve these goals. The course content must be focused upon a specific theme, and must include a significant number of courses beyond the introductory level and a senior Capstone experience. The program proposal must be approved by a faculty advisor as well as by the Program Coordinator for Interdisciplinary Studies.

Selection of a Minor

A student may choose a disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary minor area of study, either as an alternative field of specialization or for intellectual enrichment. Generally a minor consists of no more than six courses and ensures breadth and depth beyond the introductory level and outside the major.

A student may declare a maximum of one disciplinary minor and one interdisciplinary minor.

To declare or change a minor a student must submit a Minor Declaration Form, signed by the appropriate minor program advisor to the Registrar's Office. Minor Declaration Forms are available on myHill and in the Registrar's Office. Students wishing to create an interdisciplinary minor will also be required to submit an additional application which is available in the Program Coordinator for Interdisciplinary Studies' Office.

Dean's List

Full-time students achieve the distinction of Dean's List in any semester in which they:

  • successfully complete all their courses (no grades of "I" or "W");
  • achieve a semester average of 3.50 or above with a minimum of 12 credits from courses graded with standard letter grades;
  • earn a grade of "C+" or above for all courses.

An exception to this policy will be made for students who receive an incomplete grade due to a course extending beyond the end of the semester.

Part-time students are not eligible for Dean's List.

Honors at Graduation

Honors at graduation are awarded to recipients of undergraduate degrees for the following cumulative grade-point averages based on a minimum of 60 credits taken at Stonehill:

  • Cum Laude: 3.50
  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.70
  • Summa Cum Laude: 3.90