Candidacy for the Degree

Membership in the senior class does not within itself imply candidacy for the degree. Before the degree can be conferred, all indebtedness to the university must be met and published requirements for the particular degree fulfilled. Responsibility for meeting these requirements rests with the student, and each candidate should ensure her/his program of study is on file for graduation with the Office of the Registrar.

Formal written application for the degree must be filed with the Office of the Registrar by the published deadline for the semester in which the student anticipates completing degree requirements. Special forms for this application may be secured from the Office of the Registrar.

For the Bachelor of Arts degree, the Bachelor of Business Administration degree, and the Bachelor of Science degree, the student must complete the requirements of the core curriculum, must fulfill the major and minor requirements, if any, and offer sufficient approved elective courses to bring the total number of acceptable credit hours to at least 120. A student pursuing a Baccalaureate degree must also pass or be exempted from the Regents' requirement.

Georgia law requires that all candidates for a degree from an institution supported by public funds shall successfully pass coursework or an examination "of the History of the United States and the History of Georgia" and coursework or an examination "upon the provisions and principles of the United States Constitution and the Constitution of Georgia."

For an Associate's degree, a student must complete a minimum of 20 hours in residence at North Georgia College & State University. For a Baccalaureate, a student must complete a minimum of 30 hours in residence at North Georgia, including at least 21 hours of upper division (3000 level or above) in the major field. A student must also meet any additional residence requirements of their degree program. Credit is considered in residence if the credit is eligible to count toward graduation and tuition is assessed by North Georgia (excluding credit by exam). Special exceptions may be granted with the approval of the department head and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. For more detailed information, see the section on a Second Baccalaureate.

A student must have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on all work presented for graduation. A student must have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on coursework completed at North Georgia.

Not more than 25 percent of the credits for graduation may carry grades of D.

No student may be declared a graduate of the university until all requirements for entrance and for graduation have been met, the degree has been conferred, and the diploma has been awarded. Each candidate must be present at graduation unless excused in writing.