Graduation Requirements

Students should be aware of the graduation requirements. These include the core curriculum, payment of all fees, and any work required in special programs. It is the student’s responsibility to determine the courses necessary for transfer to any upper division college or university and to meet any prerequisite courses required by those upper division programs. Students should see an advisor/counselor prior to submitting a graduation application.

Students should complete the following steps before the graduation application deadline:

  1. Complete an online graduation application by logging into the student portal and clicking on the “Graduation” tab. There is no fee to submit a graduation application.
  2. Fulfill all obligations, financial and other, to the college.

All graduates are encouraged to attend commencement. Caps and gowns must be purchased through the bookstore.

For subsequent graduations, prospective graduates must still apply to graduate.

When processing your application for graduation, the following graduation requirements will be reviewed:

  • Completion of the required courses and number of credits
  • Minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA, CF GPA, and program GPA
  • 25% residency requirement mandated by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (Students must have earned a minimum of 25% of the credits toward their degree at CF.)
  • Passing test scores (if applicable for certificate programs)
  • Honors designation.

Please note, for the purpose of recognition at the ceremony, an honors designation is based on all grades from all previous semesters. Grades from the current semester are not computed at this time, but will be included on your final transcripts.

Cum Laude graduates must have a cumulative GPA between 3.2 and 3.49. Magna Cum Laude graduates must have a cumulative GPA between 3.5 and 3.79. Summa Cum Laude graduates must have a cumulative GPA between 3.8 and 4.0. These graduates are recognized at graduation ceremonies and have these distinctions noted on their permanent records.