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Graduation Information


Prepare to Graduate

All students nearing the completion of their degree must apply for graduation via the Student Center on CUNYfirst. Log into your CUNYfirst account and avigate to your "Student Center". Under the "Academics" section of the page, use the drop down box to select "Apply for Graduation". Click on the "Apply for Graduation" link to proceed with your application.

If you are completing your final course(s)
OR completing your final project (thesis)
at the END of

You must apply to graduate via CUNYfirst between...
Spring
October 16th - February 15th
Summer February 16th- June 15th
Fall/Winter June 16th - October 15th

 

Important Things to Review

1. Be sure all personal information on your recvord is correct and up-to-date. You can check that your name, permanent address and Social Security number are correct via your CUNYfirst account. To make any changes you must submit the Change of Name/Address Form at the One Stop office at Room 217 North.

2. Check that you have the appropriate major(s)/minor(s)/program declared on your transcript. If you've declared a minor but did not complete it, be sure to drop the minor from your record immediately.

3. If you have any waivers, subsitutions, transfer credits or e-permits, be sure all necessary paperwork has been filled out and submitted.

For more information regarding Hunter College degree requirments, rules, and regulations, please refer to the college catalog for the year you entered into Hunter. If you have any questions regarding these requirments, or whether or not you've fulfilled them, please contact your academic/faculty advisor: Office of Advising.

 

FAQs

 

I went out on permit/Study Abroad for a semester, but the course isn’t on my record. What should I do?

If you registered for Study Abroad/permit courses that are not on your Hunter record, contact the host institution for the transcript and any other necessary documentation (If you’ve registered for a permit course through another CUNY institution, the request of a transcript/official letter is not necessary). Have all transcripts and other documentation sent to the One Stop office at 217 Hunter North. You will be unable to graduate if all Study Abroad/permit credits that you’ve applied for are not on your record by the end of the graduating semester.


 

I applied for a Study Abroad/permit and decided not to attend, should I do anything?

If you registered for Study Abroad/permit and did not attend, you must obtain an official letter from the host institution stating that you did not officially register for the course or attend the course (If you’ve registered for a permit course through another CUNY institution, the request of a transcript/official letter is not necessary). Have all transcripts and other documentation sent to the One Stop office at 217 Hunter North. You will be unable to graduate if all Study Abroad/permit credits are not accounted for by official letter by the end of the graduating semester


 

Can I go out on permit/Study Abroad in my final semester at Hunter College?

You will have the ability to go on permit/Study Abroad in your final semester but taking courses away from Hunter during the graduating semester is not recommended and may delay your graduation. If you do decide to go out on Study Abroad/permit during your final semester, please allow 4 weeks from the time you've recieved your grades from your host school for the credits/grades to be posted to your official Hunter record. Once these permit/Study Adbroad courses/grades are reflected on your official Hunter record, then your final degree audit can be reviewed and official graduation processed.


 

My advisor allowed me to take another course instead of the required course for my major/minor. Do I need to make Degree Audit aware of this?

Yes. If you have a course exception for your major or minor, your advisor will need to submit an official memorandum to the Registrar's Office. This official memorandum (a note on departmental or divisional letterhead, with a department’s signature/stamp) should simply state that you are using a specific course in lieu of the required course for the major/minor.


 

What if I have or am seeking an exception to a GER or Pathways requirement?

Please visit an advisor with the Office of Advising (http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/advising/) for assistance.


 

How will both I and Degree Audit see that I have a major/minor/GER/Pathways exception/waiver for a requirement?

Exceptions/waivers will be visible on your official record, via your transcript, as well as your DegreeWorks page. Your Degree Auditor will see the comments on your official record and your DegreeWorks page and apply them during your audit.


 

How long does it take for course exception notes to show up on my transcript and Degree Works?

The process will normally take 2-4 weeks from the date of submission to the Registrar's office. During high volume times (such as the end of the semester), this estimated processing time can be longer. Exception notes are only posted to your transcript after you’ve successfully passed the course in which you are using in lieu of the required course.


 

If I am exempt from a course or waived from taking a required course, do I still need to have the required amount of credits for the major/minor?

Yes, if you are exempt or waived from a major/minor requirement, you are still obligated to complete the total number of credits needed for the major/minor. Speak with your major/minor advisor regarding the remaining credits required for the degree.


 

What will happen if I will not be taking courses in my graduating semester and I am pursing a:

a) Bachelor’s degree?
Degree Audit will register you for a placeholder course (ONFIL xxxx) that will keep you enrolled during your graduating semester. This course will not be charged to your bill or appear on your transcript.

b) Master’s degree or Doctorate degree?
You will need to pay a Maintenance of Matriculation (MAM) fee with the Bursar’s office in order to be eligible for graduation. You must submit the MAM form along with your payment. This course will not appear on your transcript.

c) Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s degree?
You will need to pay a Maintenance of Matriculation (MAM) fee with the Bursar’s office in order to be eligible for graduation. You must submit the MAM form along with your payment. This course will not appear on your transcript.


 

I cannot access my CUNYfirst account to submit my application for graduation. What do I do?

If you are unable to access your CUNYfirst account, please contact the HelpDesk for assistance.


 

I applied for graduation but need to cancel! What do I do?

If you need to cancel your graduation application, simply contact Degree Audit (degree.audit@hunter.cuny.edu). Please send this email from your Hunter email address, verifying your Student ID number (EMPL ID) and in the subject write "Graduation Cancellation". We will cancel your application in 1-2 business days. Please note: In order to be officially graduated, you will need to reapply for a future graduating semester.


 

Graduation and the Commencement Ceremony: What’s the difference?

The Commencement Ceremony is an event that is held both in the Fall semester and Spring semester to celebrate those students who are candidates for official graduation. For information regarding the commencement Ceremony, please visit www.hunter.cuny.edu/commencement within your semester of graduation.

Official graduation is actually submitting an application for graduation and having an audit processed on your official record by the Registrar's Office/Degree Audit Unit. This audit makes sure all requirements have been successfully fulfilled to officially obtain your diploma.


 

I need official proof of graduation for an employer/college admissions/myself, what can I get?

Once you’ve viewed on your CUNYfirst account that you’ve officially graduated, you can receive an enrollment verification letter via the One Stop, 217 Hunter North. This letter will note that your official graduation has been updated on your record. If you cannot make it to campus, you can also order an official transcript online that can be sent directly to employers, colleges, and yourself. To order an official transcript visit: http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/onestop/records-and-transcripts/transcript-request.


 

I’ve graduated but want to take more courses at Hunter, what can I do?

If you would like to take more courses at Hunter once you’ve officially graduated, you will need to speak with the Admissions office in order to be readmitted to the college. Please visit the website of the corresponding admissions offices dependent upon the level of course work you would like to take:
-Undergraduate Admissions: http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/ugprospects/admission/Readmit
-Graduate Admissions: http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/graduateadmissions/applying/readmission-application/application-form


 

When will my diploma be available?

Diplomas are usually available 3-4 months after the graduating class has been officially graduated. You will receive an email to your Hunter email once diplomas are available to be picked up from the One Stop, 217 HN.


 

I will be unable to pick my diploma up from Hunter, how can I retrieve my diploma?

If you are unable to pick up your diploma, you can fill out a diploma mailer form which can have your diploma mailed to the destination of your choosing.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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