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GradRegistrar's Office, LSB 1st Floor, (808) 675-3730

Formal graduation ceremonies are held at the end of each semester at BYU–Hawaii.  These will usually be in December, April, and June.  Please see the Academic Dates page for the exact date for your graduation.

Application for Graduation

Students who expect to qualify for a degree must apply for graduation. The University recommends that students apply for candidacy the year before they plan to graduate. The application form is available at the Registrar's Office. The deadline for the completed application form to be submitted to the Registrar's Office is the semester prior to your final semester.

The Registrar's Office will notify students in writing of the requirements to be completed for a degree from BYU–Hawaii. If the student does not graduate on the date indicated on the application, the evaluation will be held for a future graduation date without charge provided the student submits an extension of graduation form.

Attendance at Commencement

The Graduation Exercise at which people march and are formally recognized is called Commencement. Candidates will indicate on their graduation application if they intend to march at graduation. Those who do not march will receive their degree in absentia.

Diplomas

Diplomas will be mailed to students after all final grades are in, all graduation requirements have been certified complete, and all restrictions have been cleared.

Change in Graduation Requirements

The University reserves the right to change the requirements for graduation at any time, and candidates may be required to comply with all changes pertaining to the incomplete portions of their requirements.

Exceptions to the Graduation Requirements

Waivers of published graduation requirements are granted only in exceptional cases. Application for a general education waiver is made through the Registrar's Office and the Academic Exceptions Committee.

Application for a waiver in the major is made to the Dean over the major. Substitutions in the graduation requirements are granted by the dean over the major program. The dean/college will be assigned to review the exceptions for general education. For interdisciplinary general education courses, the General Education and Honors Committee assumes the role of a college.

Scholastic Recognition

University Honors

Detailed explanations of the Honors Program are available in the Dean's office for the College of Arts and Humanities and in the Honors section of this catalog.

Summa, Magna, Cum Laude Recognition

There are three categories of academic recognition awarded to graduating students at commencement who have earned a minimum of 45 semester hours of credit at BYU–Hawaii. These are: summa cum laude (GPA 3.85-4.00), magna cum laude (GPA 3.70-3.84) and cum laude (GPA 3.50-3.69).

Graduation Requirements

A student may be awarded the bachelor's degree upon completion of the requirements listed below:

Credits

A candidate for the bachelor's degree must complete a minimum of 120 semester hours of credit. 

Starting with the incoming class in Fall 2016, all students will be required to have both 120 hours and 30 hours of upper-division credit to graduate.

Grade Point Average

The student's record must show a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 (C or higher) in all work presented in fulfillment of requirements by the beginning of the semester in which he or she plans to graduate. Students may not graduate in a semester in which they are on academic probation. A 2.00 GPA must also be maintained during the last semester of work. Transfer students must show at least a 2.00 GPA for their residence credit at BYU–Hawaii. No more than 12 semester hours of D credit may be applied toward completion of the bachelor's degree requirements.

Major Requirement

A student must complete a major program with at least 15 hours of credit in the major program earned at BYU–Hawaii. A student's graduation date will not be extended for a minor or second major. Due to changes which occur from time to time in major and minor requirements, it is the responsibility of the dean of the college offering the major or minor to certify that requirements are properly fulfilled.

Double Majors and Double Minors

It is expected that students will graduate after four calendar years at BYU-Hawaii (minimum 120 semester hours of earned credit). Students with transfer credit should graduate in a shorter time period and will not be allotted the full four years to complete their graduation requirements. Students who wish to enhance their educational experience at BYU-Hawaii by adding additional minors, certificates, or majors are welcome to do so with the understanding that these must also be completed within the four-year allotment. Given the generous tuition subsidy paid by the LDS Church, a double major would not be approved unless it can be earned within four years.

Certificates

BYU-Hawaii awards certificates as part of a degree program. Students may not have an academic plan that consists solely of receiving a certificate. When a degree is awarded, any certificate earned within the coursework taken as an undergraduate is listed on the transcript and a physical certificate will be issued by the Registrar’s Office along with the diploma.  While it had been the practice to grant certificates with Associate's degrees as well, with the 2017 curriculum that has both minors and certificates at the heart of the General Education program, no certificates will be awarded with the Associate's degree and they also will not appear on the transcript.

General Education Requirements

Specific courses which fill these requirements are listed in the General Education and Honors section of this catalog. A student is held responsible for the general education and major requirements listed in any one catalog (chosen by the student) from the year of first registration to the year of graduation, provided the catalog chosen is not more than eight years old.

Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

The Baccalaureate degree at BYU–Hawaii is awarded for the equivalent of, typically, eight semesters of dedicated university study. At BYU–Hawaii this includes not just the discipline of a major, but the foundation of religious education and the enlarged perspective of general education. A student may have more than one major, but there is only one baccalaureate degree. The degree granted (BA, BS, etc.) is associated with the primary major.

Other University Course Requirements

The student must complete the religious education and English proficiency requirements.

Residence Requirements

At least 15 semester hours of credit taken in residence at BYU–Hawaii (15 of which must be in the major) are required for the bachelor's degree. A maximum of 10 semester hours earned through Educational Outreach may be applied toward this requirement. A student must register on campus for two semesters, not necessarily consecutive, to satisfy the residence requirement. This requirement may be waived for certain programs completed through Educational Outreach if approval is given by the dean of the college sponsoring the program and the director of Educational Outreach. A maximum of 36 semester hours of correspondence credit may be applied toward the total requirement of 120 semester hours. There is a deadline for filing of transfer and correspondence credit and for the removal of incomplete (I) grades from the student's record. All credit transactions must be complete, except for filing of final grades, four weeks prior to the date of commencement.

Students not currently in residence at BYU–Hawaii who desire to transfer credits to the University and take their degree from BYU–Hawaii will be able to do so provided they left school in "good standing" and filed their graduation application.

Graduate Survey

The Graduate Survey is required of all students the semester or term they graduate. The purpose of this survey is to aid the University in evaluating its instructional programs and to provide data for University research .

Adherence to University Standards

A student's graduation may be delayed or denied if he or she is found in violation of the BYU–Hawaii Honor Code.

Note: Any hold, warning, or probation by the Honor Code Office must be properly cleared well before graduation.