09/21/14 10:15 AM

Current Students


Two Graduating Seniors
Petition to March Policy

Congratulations! You have reached the final rung on the academic ladder of success. As you prepare for graduation, there are several items that you must address in order to ensure clearance for receiving your diploma.

Please note the following information, and check your academic record to ensure that it is accurate and complete. This is your responsibility; the Registrar’s Office will assist in identifying the source of resolution for any challenges you may have.


To be awarded a degree from Spelman College, a student must:

  • Be in good standing at the College
  • Complete a minimum of 120 credit hours
  • Complete requirements of the General Education Program, including the First Year Orientation Program and Sophomore Assembly
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in each major and cognate course
  • Earn a grade of "C" or higher in English Composition
  • Fulfill all College and departmental assessment requirements
  • Complete a minimum of one year of residency
  • Earn a minimum of 32 credit hours earned at the College
  • Complete the senior year at the College (Courses may be taken within the Atlanta University Center and the ARCHE institutions and/or other programs and schools approved by the Office of Undergraduate Studies)
  • Fulfill all financial obligations to the College


Step 1 - Apply for graduation

Step 2 - Make and complete appointment with Degree Auditor in Registrar’s Office

Step 3 - Make and complete appointment with Academic Advisor in major/minor department

Step 4 - Make and complete appointment with the department chair of your major

Step 5 – Complete the Seniors Survey and Submit clearance form to the Registrar’s office from:

- Financial Aid/ Perkins Loan
- Library
- Transcript Discrepancies

Step 6 - Verify name on clearance list and attend Commencement rehearsal to receive Commencement Tickets.


A student in the Dual Degree Engineering Program must fulfill both the requirements at Spelman, and the institution from which she is earning her engineering degree.

She may be eligible to participate in Spelman's commencement and baccalaureate, provided that she has:

  1. Met all Spelman's requirements for participation and has maintained good standing at both institutions (i.e. she has not violated the code of conduct expected of students at either institution)
  2. Submitted a final official transcript from the institution of her additional major


In order to be listed on the clearance list, you will need to clear all your financial obligations to Spelman College. All seniors must:

  1. Obtain a Financial Aid Clearance Signature
  2. Obtain a Library Clearance Signature
  3. Obtain the Perkins Loan Office Clearance Signature.

    The clearance form must be submitted by the deadline. If this is not done, the Registrar’s Office will place a “HOLD” on your clearance letter, diploma and transcript.


Your rehearsal for graduation will take place on the Thursday before graduation. The clearance list will be posted at the Registrar's Office in Packard Hall prior to rehearsal.

Please Note: In order to to be listed on the clearance list, you must settle all outstanding account balances and fulfill all other obligation to the College.


Get more information about this year's
Commencement exercises


David Booze
Associate Registrar
Tel.: 404.270.5228
Fax: 404-270-5234
E-mail: dbooze@spelman.edu


Important Dates and Deadlines to Remember

September 8, 2011
First Senior Town Hall Meeting & Graduation Fair

Sept. 13-29, 2011
Senior Exit Plan Sessions with Career Planning and Development

Sept. 26-
Nov. 18, 2011

Senior Appointment with Registrar's Office Degree Auditor

Nov. 4, 2011
Deadline to complete and submit Major Verification Form

Nov. 18, 2011
Deadline for Application to Graduate

Dec. 2011
ALL Latin Honors in Commencement Program will be based on fall 2010 final grades

Dec. 5, 2011
Deadline to complete Clearance Process for December 2012 candidates for graduation

March 23, 2012
Deadline for May 2012 candidates for graduation to have all outstanding INCOMPLETES and other grades resolved.

April 16, 2012
Graduation applications available for summer 2012 December 2012, and spring 2013 graduates

April 23, 2012
Deadline to complete Senior Survey

April 27, 2012
Deadline to complete Clearance Process for May 2012 candidates for graduation

May 17, 2012
Mandatory Commencement Rehearsal and Commencement Ticket Distribution

May 18, 2012
Class Day and March through the Alumnae Arch

May 19, 2012
Baccalaureate Ceremony

May 20, 2012
Commencement Ceremony

May 21-23, 2012
Diplomas available to be picked up