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Common Myths

MYTH: "I don't want to find out the day before graduation that I need something!" 

FACT: It is the responsibility of the student to monitor her/his degree requirements, including credits earned, core requirements, major requirements, and averages. Up-to-date credit counts and semester and cumulative averages are available on Self-Service. The adviser works with the student to check that all requirements have been met. The Registrar's Office begins monitoring graduation clearance in the spring of the junior year for students planning to graduate the following January and in the summer for those planning to graduate in May or September. A degree requirement check occurs during the senior year at the following times:

  1. During the drop/add period in the fall (August);
  2. At spring registration (November);
  3. During the drop/add period in the spring semester of the senior year (January).

Students do not graduate as a result of their performance during their last semester of the senior year for the following reasons:

  1. Failure to pass a major or core requirement;
  2. Failure to pass a course and not earn the 124-credit minimum required for graduation;
  3. Failure to achieve the required 2.00 average in the major or cumulative average.

MYTH: "I heard that the Registrar pulls students out of Commencement line-up if they can't graduate." 

FACT: Students are notified by 4:00 pm the Wednesday before Commencement if they have not fulfilled all degree requirements.

MYTH: "I can still participate in Commencement if I don't finish all my degree requirements by May." 

FACT: You cannot participate in Commencement without fulfilling all degree requirements. You cannot participate with a grade of incomplete, nor can you participate until all financial obligations to the College have been met.

MYTH: “If I earn 123.99 credits and a 1.99 grade point average, the Registrar will round up my credits to 124 and my gpa to 2.0, so I would be eligible to graduate.” 

FACT: Students must earn at least 124 credits and at least a 2.0 gpa to be eligible to graduate. Credits and grade point averages are not rounded up.

MYTH: "If I finish degree requirements by December, my diploma will show a December graduation date.”  

FACT: There are three dates of graduation at Hood—January, May, and September. Students finishing degree requirements by December receive the diploma, dated January 15, by mail. Students graduating in January participate in the May commencement ceremony. Students completing degree requirements in the summer receive the diploma, dated September 15, by mail and participate in the May ceremony the following year.

MYTH: "My diploma will note my major, minor, concentration and degree." 

FACT: Your diploma indicates only the degree received. Majors, minors, and concentrations are recorded on the college transcript but do not appear on the diploma.