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​​​Graduation Information

The 2015 Commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 16.

Babson certifies degrees and certificates three times each year: May, August, and December. Below is information on degree and certificate requirements, graduation requirements, and honors. More information on the May Commencement ceremony is available on the Commencement website. ​

Degree and Certificate Requirements

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Students admitted as of Fall 2006 must earn a minimum of 126 credits and attain a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average on credits earned at Babson.

Students admitted as of Fall 2013 must earn a minimum of 131 credits and attain a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average on credits earned at Babson.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Students must complete all degree requirements, including successfully earning a minimum of 40.5 credits in the One-Year Program, a minimum of 55 credits in the Evening and Two-Year programs, or a minimum of 46 credits in the Blended Learning Program. All students must attain a minimum 2.80 cumulative grade point average on all credit earned at Babson.

Master of Science in Accounting (MSA)

Students must complete all degree requirements, including successfully earning a minimum of 30 credits and attaining a minimum 2.80 cumulative grade point average on all credit earned at Babson.

Master of Science in Management (MSM)

Students must complete all degree requirements, including successfully earning a minimum of 30 credits and attaining a minimum 2.80 cumulative grade point average on all credit earned at Babson.

Certificate in Advanced Management (CAM)

Students must complete all certificate requirements, including successfully earning 15 credits of elective coursework and attaining a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average.

For graduate students, a degree or certificate will be granted to a student in the semester in which all academic course requirements have been met and where the student is in good standing in all respects. Any course work completed after the semester in which a student earns his or her degree or certificate will be considered post-graduate work.​​

Graduation Requirements

All graduating students must:

  1. Complete an Application for Degree. The App for Degree link is located under the Academic section of the Hub Links page on the Babson Hub. The deadline to complete the Application for Degree is listed below. If the Application for Degree is not completed by the appropriate deadline, the name on your diploma or certificate will be printed exactly as it appears on your academic record. Once you submit your App for Degree, you should expect to see “Your information has been saved.” You will not receive a confirmation email.
  2. Verify/update your current mailing address. To verify or update your mailing address, click the My Profile link under the Babson Directory section of the Hub Links page on the Babson Hub. Select Mailing Address under the Edit My Info section on the left side of the page. Edit the fields as needed and then click Save Mailing Address.
  3. Complete degree or certificate requirements. All of your degree or certificate requirements must be completed and graded by the deadline noted below.
​Graduation Official Graduation Date App for Degree Deadline​ Deadline​ to Complete Degree, Certificate, and Concentration Requirements Diplomas and Certificates Mailed
May​ Third Saturday in May March 31​ 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday of Commencement Week Beginning of June (to students who do not attend Commencement ceremony)
August​ August 31 July 31​ August 31 End of September
December​ December 30 November 30​ December 30 End of January
​​If you have outstanding obligations with the College, such as financial obligations, you will not receive your diploma or certificate until these obligations are cleared.​​​​​​

Commencement Ceremony

The Commencement ceremony is held on the third Saturday in May. To participate in the Commencement ceremony, you must complete the steps listed above and you must complete the Commencement Clearance Process (CCP). The CCP is an application site that allows you to view and complete the requirements necessary to participate in the Commencement ceremony. This site will open approximately two weeks before Commencement. Requirements include fulfilling financial obligations, completing college surveys, and returning laptops (undergraduates only). More information about the CCP will be sent via email from the Events Management Office in the weeks leading up to Commencement. The CCP applies to all May graduates, the previous year’s December graduates, and the probable August graduates (“walkers” – see policy below). The previous year’s August graduates are invited but will not have access to the CCP and should contact the Events Management Office to participate in the Commencement ceremony.

Walker Policy

If you are a probable August graduate, you may participate in the preceding May Commencement ceremony as a walker. At the Commencement ceremony, you will wear the full academic regalia, sit with all graduates, have your name announced, and receive an empty diploma case on stage. To participate, you must:

  1. Register for and plan to complete your remaining degree or certificate requirements during the summer sessions. Only coursework that can be completed and graded by August 31 can be considered.
  2. Complete an Application for Degree​. The App for Degree is located under the Academic section of the Hub Links page on the Babson Hub. Make sure you select August from the Anticipated Graduation Date field. Please note – the May App for Degree deadline of March 31 applies to walkers. If the Application for Degree is not completed by this deadline, the name printed in the Commencement program and the name read at the Commencement ceremony will be the name that appears on your academic record. Once you submit your App for Degree, you should expect to see “Your information has been saved.” You will not receive a confirmation email.
  3. Complete and return a Commencement Walker Form by the deadline listed on the form.
  4. Complete the Commencement Clearance Process (CCP). You will not have access to the CCP until we receive a completed Commencement Walker Form. The CCP is an application site that allows you to view and complete the requirements necessary to participate in the Commencement ceremony. This site open approximately two weeks before Commencement. More information about the CCP will be sent via email from the Events Management Office in the weeks leading up to Commencement.

Honors

Undergraduate Honors

Undergraduate Latin honors are awarded upon graduation and based on the student’s cumulative grade point average (GPA). The current undergraduate honors ranges are:

  • Summa Cum Laude: 3.75 to 4.00
  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.50 to 3.74
  • Cum Laude: 3.30 to 3.49

Graduate Honors

Graduate Latin honors are calculated in May of each year. The awards are based on cumulative grade point averages (GPAs) of all graduates by program from within the current academic year (August, December, and May graduates). Program is defined as students enrolled in the One-Year MBA, Two-Year MBA, Blended Learning MBA, Evening MBA, MSA, or MSM programs. As an example, the May 2015 Two-Year MBA honors calculation will include all August 2014, December 2014, and May 2015 Two-Year MBA graduates. If you earn honors, you will be notified via email around the Thursday of Commencement week. If you do not earn honors, you will not be notified. We cannot release the specific GPA ranges. Honors are not printed on diplomas, but are printed on college transcripts.

The current graduate honors ranges are:

  • Summa Cum Laude: Students with top 5% highest GPAs by program within the academic year.
  • Magna Cum Laude: Students with next 10% highest GPAs by program within the academic year.
  • Cum Laude: Students with next 10% highest GPAs by program within the academic year.
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