STUDENT PARTICIPATION IN COMMENCEMENT POLICY
All students “tentatively approved” for graduation by the faculty will be permitted to participate in Commencement exercises. Tentatively approved students who complete all degree requirements and are approved by the faculty will receive an Allegheny degree at Commencement. Tentatively approved students not completing all degree requirements and not approved by the faculty will be permitted to participate in Commencement exercises but they will receive a blank piece of paper instead of a diploma. Students are permitted only one opportunity to participate in Commencement, that being the year in which their name appears in the Commencement program. The Commencement program will indicate that all degrees are awarded subject to the completion of all requirements.
After the fifth week of the second semester, the Registrar will send to all faculty, as part of the agenda for the March faculty meeting, the list of students to be tentatively approved for graduation. The only students appearing on this list will be students who could complete all degree requirements by the end of the second semester; students needing additional courses, even if they are planning on taking them in the summer, will be omitted. The faculty will review, and perhaps amend, this list; it will then become the tentatively approved roster. All students appearing on this list will be permitted to participate in Commencement exercises. Students who do not meet the requirements for graduation may petition the department of their major for permission to participate in Commencement. Such requests, which will be granted under only the most extreme of circumstances, must be submitted in writing and must include the endorsement of the student’s academic advisor. There is no appeal from a decision of a department to deny a request. Requests from students with student-designed or double majors must be approved by the all the departments involved. After the approval of the department or departments involved, petitions for permission to participate are submitted, in writing, to the Academic Standards and Awards Committee. The decision of the Academic Standards and Awards Committee in these matters is final. In its periodic reports to the faculty, the Academic Standards and Awards Committee will include data on the number of petitions and their dispositions.
This policy was adopted by vote of the full faculty.