Undergraduate Programs
Graduation

graduation

An application for graduation needs to be submitted one year prior to your anticipated graduation. Applications are online.

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Important Notes:

  • If you are completing a minor or second major, please prepare an electronic copy of the minor form to upload to the graduation application before applying. Only completed applications with appropriate forms will be included on academic record. See forms below for more information.
  • Graduation information for each term can be found here

*GRADUATING SENIORS* Diploma Correction & Other Important Information

  • Name Changes

    Below is information on how to change your name on your official graduation diploma: 

    Please note, going through BuckeyeLink will change your preferred name, not the name that is listed on the diploma.  Use the link below:

    Name Change Form

    Questions: Email hoying.1@osu.edu 

  • Specializations, Minors and Second Majors Changes

    Below is information on how to make changes to your specializations, minors, and 2nd majors:

    Please note: Specializations and minors appear on your transcript, not your diploma. If receiving two degrees, Dual Degree information is not listed because it is not part of your Business degree. 

    VERY IMPORTANT: We cannot make changes after graduation so you must verify and then make any needed corrections before Finals week.

    • If you see that your specialization and/or minor is not listed or if you are dropping a specialization and/or minor e-mail Terri Hoying at hoying.1@osu.edu.
      • Minor planning forms can be found on the graduation website: https://fisher.osu.edu/undergraduate/graduation.
      • Minors must run complete on the audit at this time.  Minors, 2nd majors and certificates were removed from your record if not running complete. If there is an exceptions to be made, we will need this information from the department of the minor.
      • Also, if your minor requires approval from the department, you will need to e-mail Terri Hoying a form or approval from the department. 

    Questions: Email hoying.1@osu.edu 

  • Honors Information

    Latin Honors are as follows:


    3.5-3.69: Cum Laude
    3.7-3.89: Magna Cum Laude
    3.9-4.00: Summa Cum Laude

    • If you do not see Latin honors on your record even though you have the grade point average, check your number of earned hours at Ohio State. 
      • In order to qualify for Latin honors, you will need a minimum of 60 hours of enrollment in courses graded A-E at Ohio State University and an OSU cumulative point hour of 3.5 or higher. Upon completing 60 hours and earning a 3.5 or higher, you are then eligible to wear honors cords. Latin Honors are based on your grades prior to your last semester. 
    • If your grade point goes up your final semester, your diploma and permanent record will show the change and you can wear honor cords, however, the Commencement program is printed before the final grades are in and will only reflect any Latin Honors determined in the previous semester.

    Fisher Honors Programs: 

    If you are currently in one of the following honors programs and successfully complete all the requirements necessary to fulfill your honors program, you will be Graduating with Honors and will have that designation on your diploma. Please see Kim Bader.28 to make sure you are on track with your program or if you have any questions about what you need to do to be successful in completing your honors requirements.

    • Accounting Honors
    • Finance Honors
    • IBE
    • Business Administration Cohort
    • Business Administration Contract
     
  • Not attending Commencement in-person?

    Not attending Commencement ceremony?

Important Forms

  • Minor Planning Form

    If you will be graduating with a minor, use the minor planning form or submit an approved form from the department granting the minor. Some minors require a department signature; see the form for details.

    Submit this form at the same time as your Application for Graduation.

    Minor Planning Form

    For more specific information about your minor and if a signature is needed Click Here.

  • Commencement Ceremony Excuse Form

    Unabe to make it to the official commencement ceremony? Please fill out the following form.

    Commencement Excuse Form

  • Early Grade Release Form

    Need to transfer credit to meet degree requirements? All outstanding transfer credit needs to be posted by week 7 of your graduation term. Click here for instructions.

    Taking credit at Columbus State Community College your last term? Go to the following website for instructions: Click Here

    Please note: Students may only use the early grade release form if it is their last, graduating term.


Priority Scheduling: Graduating Seniors

To receive priority scheduling for Fisher College of Business, applications should be turned in by the fourth Friday of the term. See important deadlines below:

Term of Graduation Apply to graduate Deadline to receive graduation priority scheduling Last day to apply to graduate
Autumn 2021 Now NA October 29, 2021
Spring 2022 Now September 17, 2021 March 25, 2022
Summer 2022 Now September 17, 2021 July 15, 2022
Autumn 2022 Autumn 2021 September 17, 2021 October 28, 2022
Spring 2023 Spring 2022 February 4, 2022 March 25, 2022

  Graduation Timeline:

  • Year Prior

    2-3 semesters before graduation

    Turn in an application for Baccalaureate Degree. This application will be reviewed and you will receive feedback on your academic plan to complete degree requirements.

  • Final Term

    Week 1

    Applications will be audited the week before classes start. If there are any problems or issues, you will be notified via email. This allows you to make any scheduling changes the first week of classes.

    Weeks 6-8

    Applications will once again be audited. If there are any remaining problems, you will be notified via your OSU email. Please contact Terri Hoying by e-mail at hoying.1@osu.edu if you believe there is discrepancy or if you are able to fix your problem.

    Week 10

    No new applications will be accepted after the tenth Friday of the term of graduation.

    Week 11

    Your personal information will be available to review; this includes name on the diploma, specializations, minors, 2nd majors, hometown, and possible honors distinction (final honors decisions are made when all classes are completed and grades turned in). If there is any information that is not correct contact Terri Hoying by e-mail at hoying.1@osu.edu.

    To make any changes to your name go to, "Request for Change of Record"

    Week 13

    You will receive graduation instructions and line number this week. Because students receive their own diplomas at graduation, line numbers are assigned to each student in order to receive the correct diploma.

    Week 14

    Fill out an absence from commencement form if you are unable attend the commencement by the 14th Friday. Forms are available online (see section above) or commencement.osu.edu.

Questions?