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Office of the Registrar at Lehman College

Graduation Information

Graduation Specialists

In May 2018, the Office of the Registrar transformed its existing Graduation Audit Unit—which monitored students’ graduation eligibility—into a Graduation Specialist (GS) team.

A Graduation Specialist will collaborate with departments and review students in cohorts to identify gaps that may delay academic progress, and plan, organize, and coordinate activities that help generate and sustain students’ academic momentum. These cohorts are further broken down by units or credits, Upper and lower juniors; upper and lower seniors. Earlier interventions are far more effective than those implemented later, when a student is already preparing to complete a degree.

The goal for the GS model is to pave the road toward graduation, and make a student’s transition to the final year as seamless and transparent as possible. In addition, data is collected throughout this process and analyzed for “trending” issues among cohorts. Trends are communicated back to the schools and departments so that they have the information they need to inform advisers, faculty, and best serve the needs of students.

Graduation Requirements

In order to qualify for graduation, students must satisfy the following requirements:
Bachelor's Degree

  • (120) cumulative credits
  • (30) credits in “Overall Residency”
  • At least ½ the number of credits in the declared major for “Major Residency”
  • All “General Education” requirements completed
  • All “Major” requirements completed
  • (2.0) GPA in declared Major
  • (2.0) GPA in overall credits completed

Master's Degree

  • At least (30) cumulative credits
  • At least ½ total graduate credits OR (18) credits in “Residency” (whichever is greater)
  • All “Major” requirements completed
  • (3.0) GPA in declared Major
  • (3.0) GPA in overall credits completed

Incomplete (INC) grades must be resolved prior to the date of graduation. Click Here for more information on the policy for INC grades.

Grades cannot be changed once a student has graduated and their academic record is closed. Click Here for more information on the Change of Grade Policy and Process.

Dual Majors and Dual Degrees

As students approach graduation you will have two (2) Diploma Options based on the number of credits attained:

One Diploma

  • Students who have completed requirements for two (2) majors from different degree types (i.e.- BA and BS) but have not reached at least (150 credits) cumulatively will only be awarded one (1) diploma with one degree type and major.  The second major will appear as a comment on your Official Transcript. 

Two Diplomas

  • Students who have completed requirements for two (2) majors from different degree types (i.e.- BA and BS) must complete an additional (30 credits) in residence beyond the required (120 credits) for a total of (150 credits) in order to be awarded two (2) Diplomas.

Filing for Graduation

Eligible students will be sent an email invitation via their LC.CUNY.EDU email with instructions on How to Apply  and How to View Application Status.

A student who expects to graduate at the end of a semester must file an application for graduation by the deadline which is posted on the corresponding Academic Calendar. Prior to applying for graduation, kindly visit an Academic and Department Advisor to ensure all requirements have been met. Any student who does not meet the requirements to graduate must cancel their graduation. Students may re-file in any subsequent semester in which graduation is anticipated.

Commencement Ceremony

The Graduation Ceremony for the Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer graduation candidates is held on the last days of May or early June. Check the Spring Academic Calendar for the Ceremony dates. Students may contact the Student Affairs Office for information regarding cap and gowns, rings, photos, yearbook, etc. Students may contact their office via email at Student.Affairs@Lehman.Cuny.Edu. You may also view Commencement information online on the Commencement Ceremony page on the Lehman Webpage.

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