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Students who elect to participate in Commencement as non-graduates do so with the
understanding that they will not be ranked within the graduating class of that or any
other year and may not be eligible for certain honors or for election to honorary societies
that elect members from those seniors scheduled to be graduated in the spring. A
student who believes that he or she may qualify for such honors should postpone

graduation until the following spring and thereby retain their eligibility.

Non-graduates who elect to participate in Commencement have 16 months in which to
complete their final requirements, either by returning to Cornell or by transferring the
final credit(s) to Cornell. If the credits are not completed within that time period,
students are considered to be withdrawn and, if they wish to complete their degree at a
later date, must meet the requirements in effect in the Catalogue at that time.


Students who during their academic career at Cornell have distinguished themselves by
their outstanding scholarship may be eligible for either or both of the following
categories of Commencement Honors:

All-College Honors, based upon a cumulative grade point average for all courses taken
for grade point credit at Cornell College, provided that such courses total 20 or more (16
or more for transfer students), are indicated on the diploma as follows if the student's

average is within the indicated range:

        summa cum laude  3.9000 - 4.0000
        magna cum laude  3.7000 - 3.8999
        cum laude        3.5000 - 3.6999

Honors in the Major, with the words "with distinction" printed on the diploma, may be
awarded by a major to graduating seniors who have successfully completed (1) a major
with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in all courses taken within that major; (2) a
project or paper judged to be of honors quality by the faculty of the major; and (3) a
public oral examination on the project or paper (reviewed by at least three faculty
representing two different departments and selected by the major advisor in consultation
with the student) or a public exhibition or recital of artistic merit. Each major may
specify further requirements and establish its own procedures for evaluating the project
or paper. Students interested in earning Honors in the Major should confer with their

department or program chair by the beginning of their senior year.

Graduation Rate

         Student Consumer Information, including graduation rates, are available on the
         Institutional Research and Assessment website .

Transcripts and Verification of Enrollment

The Registrar's Office is responsible for issuing transcripts and verifying the enrollment of  52
students. Fees and procedures related to ordering official transcripts can be found on the
Registrar's Office web site. Currently enrolled students can print unofficial copies of their
transcript from Self Service under the “Grades” tab at no charge.

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