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Preparing to Graduate

Grades Required 

  • Undergraduate students must successfully complete all components of their academic program (see your program chart in the catalog) with grades of D or better or Credit. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (letter grade of C) is required for all undergraduate courses completed at Cambridge College.
  • Graduate students must earn grades of B or better for successful completion of all graduate courses counted towards degree completion, with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0.

Intent to Graduate form

Students planning to graduate must complete and submit to the Office of the Registrar an Intent to Graduate form. It must be submitted during the term the student intends to graduate, by the deadline published in the academic calendar, in order for the student’s academic record to be reviewed for graduation clearance. Students must meet with their academic advisor and review their academic plan to ensure that all program requirements will be completed by the end of the term.

Final Payment

All tuition and other charges must be paid in full by the published graduation clearance deadline in order to receive graduation clearance from the Bursar’s Office.

Registrar Clearance for Graduation

The Registrar will review records of students who have submitted the Intent to Graduate form by the deadline.

Candidates who have completed all academic requirements are notified by the Registrar’s Office via Cambridge College email. Their academic records are closed and the degree conferral date is placed on their final transcripts. Candidates who have not satisfied the academic requirements are informed via Cambridge College email of their status and next steps.

Degree Conferral

The College has three conferral dates for graduation, in January, June, and August. A student who completes all academic program requirements and successfully completes the graduation clearance process may request an official transcript from the Registrar’s Office at any time after the degree conferral date (see Student Records.)


Diplomas are mailed to all students who have been financially and academically cleared within three months of the degree conferral date. Diplomas are mailed via U.S. mail to the address that is in the student database as of the commencement date. Diplomas that require tracking may be mailed by UPS by special arrangement, at the expense of the student.

If a hold is removed from the student’s record after the original diploma mailing, the student must contact the Registrar’s Office to arrange shipment of the diploma.

Student’s Official Name — All name changes must be received, verified and processed by the Registrar’s Office prior to the degree conferral date.

Replacement Diplomas — Students who need a replacement diploma must request it in writing, including their name, signature, student ID number, telephone number, and an up-to-date address. Replacement diplomas cost $27. Students may include credit card information, or a check or money order made out to Cambridge College. The replacement diploma will be mailed via U.S. mail. Please note: all diplomas must show the student’s name as of the degree conferral date.

Commencement Ceremony

One Commencement Ceremony is held each year in Boston, in June. Graduates who earned a degree from all Cambridge College locations are invited to participate. Students who confer in August or January are invited to the Commencement Ceremony the following June. (Certificate students do not participate in Commencement.)

Diplomas are not presented at the Commencement Ceremony, but are mailed.

“March Only” Conditions

Students may be allowed to “march only” in the Commencement Ceremony with the status of “participants” only under the following conditions:

  • All core requirements, including the final project (e.g. Capstone, Independent Learning/Research Project, Action Research Project) and required practicum and/or internship, must be completed and a passing grade documented in the student’s academic record by the grade posting deadline.
  • Six or fewer credits remain to complete the course of study; the credits are offered and completion is anticipated in the summer term.
  • The student has registered for the summer term, for all remaining credits, and the registration has been processed.
  • Exception by Provost, authorizing a student to march.
  • A student must submit a Petition to March Only to the Registrar after registering and no later than April 11.
  • No College written materials shall refer to the student as a Cambridge College graduate or otherwise imply that the student has satisfied Cambridge College graduation requirements.
  • Students who have not completed graduation requirements cannot obtain a diploma and will not be given any written documentation that implies that they have graduated.