The Registrar's Office requests students to submit a petition for graduation at least one year in advance (i.e. if you are planning on graduating at the end of the Spring 2019 semester, you should submit your petition for graduation during the Spring 2018 semester). This one-year timeframe allows the Registrar to make ensure that you are proceeding in the right direction with your academic coursework, that you meet all the necessary requirements for graduation and, should there be any issues, it grants you ample time to make the necessary adjustments.
The Bachelor of Arts Degree is a four-year program consisting of at least 120 credit hours ( approximately 40 courses) distributed according to the general requirements of the University and the requirements of the specific major, as listed below.
Requirements for the B.A. degree:
A) Proficiency Requirements in English, Mathematics, and Foreign Language
B) General Distribution Requirements of the University in English, Mathematics and Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities and Fine Arts.
C) Core Courses in the major field
D) Major Electives
E) General Electives sufficient to give a total of 120 credits.
The University requires an overall minimum grade of point average of 2.00 in all courses taken at the University, with no more than two grade lower than C- in core courses.
The Associate of Arts Degree is a two-year program consisting of 20 courses (60 credit hours) including a major field and the distribution requirements listed below. The A.A. degree is available in every major and minor field of study at John Cabot University.
Requirements for the A.A. degree:
A) Proficiency Requirements in English, Mathematics and Foreign Language
One course from each of the following areas:
C) Six courses in the major field: core courses of the major
D) Two courses in a field related to the major: additional core courses or major electives as pertaining to the major.
E) General Electives sufficient to give a total of at least 60 credits.
The University requires an overall minimum grade of point average of 2.00, with no more than one grade lower than C- in core courses.
Double Major - students may complete the requirements for more than one major at the same time, as long as the requirements of the individual majors are satisfied. Students may, therefore, simultaneously use a course to satisfy requirements in multiple majors. Students who complete a double major will be awarded only one degree.
Double Degree - students who want to receive an additional Degree from John Cabot University, after having completed the requirements for their first degree, must complete an additional 30 semester credits (one-year additional residency).
Graduation Honors are awarded to Bachelor's degree recipients whose cumulative grade point average at the University represents superior academic achievements. Students may graduate:
The Valedictorian is the bachelor’s degree recipient with the highest cumulative grade point average among those who have completed at least 60 semester hours at the University and who are attending the commencement exercises. The Valedictorian participates in the commencement ceremony by giving the valedictory address.
If two or more students have achieved the same cumulative grade point average, the student who has earned the greatest number of credits in residency at John Cabot University will be named Valedictorian.
The Commencement Ceremony is held at the close of the Spring semester, during the month of May.
Only students who have completed all graduation requirements, or who have completed all but two courses of their graduation requirements and will complete those two courses by the end of the following Summer Session I, will be allowed to participate in the ceremony. Students who complete graduation requirements at a time other than the end of a Spring semester or the following Summer Session are encouraged to return to the University the following May to participate in the commencement ceremony.