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    Sep 30, 2020  
2020-2021 Student Handbook 
    
2020-2021 Student Handbook

Graduation



Standard Graduation Requirements

Certificate Program Graduation Requirements

Students are eligible to graduate if the following criteria have been met:

  1. All requirements for the selected certificate program are satisfied.
  2. A minimum of one-half of the semester hours required for the certificate program are completed in actual class time at Baker College. Courses below the 100/1000 levels do not apply to this requirement.
  3. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is achieved.*
  4. A graduation application is completed and submitted. In certain circumstances, a degree or certificate may be awarded in the absence of a graduation application.

Associate Degree Graduation Requirements

Students are eligible to graduate if the following criteria have been met:

  1. All requirements for the selected associate degree are satisfied.
  2. A minimum of 15 semester hours required for the associate degree are completed in actual class time at Baker College. Courses below the 100/1000 level do not apply to this requirement.
  3. A minimum of 12 semester hours or 25 percent of the courses completed through Baker College are within the degree’s major area of study at the 200/2000 levels.
  4. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is achieved.*
  5. A graduation application is completed and submitted. In certain circumstances, a degree or certificate may be awarded in the absence of a graduation application.

Additional Majors

Students are eligible for one additional major within the same associate degree if the following criteria are met:

  1. All requirements for the additional major are satisfied.
  2. A minimum of 12 semester hours required for the additional major are completed in actual class time at Baker College.
  3. The additional major is offered within the same associate degree.
  4. The additional major must be declared prior to the awarding of the initial associate degree.

Bachelor Degree Graduation Requirements

Students are eligible to graduate if the following criteria have been met:

  1. All requirements for the selected bachelor degree are satisfied.
  2. A minimum of 30 semester hours required for the bachelor degree are completed in actual class time at Baker College. Courses below the 100/1000 levels do not apply to this requirement.
  3. A minimum of 15 semester hours completed at Baker College are within the degree’s major area of study and are at the 300 or 400/3000 or 4000 levels.
  4. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is achieved.*
  5. A graduation application is completed and submitted. In certain circumstances, a degree or certificate may be awarded in the absence of a graduation application.

Additional Majors

Students are eligible for one additional major within the same bachelor degree if the following criteria are met:

  1. All requirements for the additional major are satisfied.
  2. The additional major is offered within the same bachelor degree.
  3. A minimum of 30 semester hours required for the additional major with 15 semester hours at the 300 and 400/3000 or 4000 level are completed.
  4. The additional major must be declared prior to the awarding of the initial bachelor degree.

Additional Minors

Students are eligible for one additional minor within the same bachelor degree if the following criteria are met:

  1. All requirements for the additional minor are satisfied.
  2. The additional minor is offered within the same bachelor degree.
  3. A minimum of 15 semester hours required for the additional minor are completed at Baker College
  4. The additional minor must be declared prior to the awarding of the initial bachelor degree.

Postbaccalaureate Certificate Graduation Requirements

Students are eligible to graduate if the following criteria have been met:

  1. All requirements for the selected postbaccalaureate certificate are satisfied.
  2. A minimum of 12 semester hours required for the postbaccalaureate certificate are completed in actual class time at Baker College. Courses below the 100/1000 levels do not apply to this requirement.
  3. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is achieved.*
  4. A graduation application is completed and submitted. In certain circumstances, a degree or certificate may be awarded in the absence of a graduation application.

NOTE*: Some programs may have a different minimum GPA requirement other than 2.0.

Graduate Degree Graduation Requirements

Students who have successfully fulfilled the following requirements are eligible to graduate from their programs of study:

  1. Completion of all courses required by the program with a grade of C or better or a B or better in the DBA program.
  2. Completion of a minimum of 24 semester hours at the Center for Graduate Studies.
  3. Achievement of a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
  4. A graduation application is completed and submitted. In certain circumstances, a degree or certificate may be awarded in the absence of a graduation application.
  5. Completion of all program requirements within seven years.

Requirements for Earning Additional Degrees - Baker College Graduates

Associate Degree-Additional Degrees

Students are eligible to graduate with an additional Baker College associate degree if the following criteria are met:

  1. All requirements for the selected additional associate degree are satisfied.
  2. A minimum of 15 semester hours, which are different from any previously earned associate degree, are completed in actual class time at Baker College. Courses below the 100/1000 levels do not apply to this requirement.
  3. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is achieved.
  4. A graduation application is completed and submitted. In certain circumstances, a degree or certificate may be awarded in the absence of a graduation application.

Bachelor Degrees-Additional Degrees

Students are eligible to graduate with an additional Baker College bachelor degree if the following criteria are met:

  1. All requirements for the selected additional bachelor degree are satisfied.
  2. A minimum of 30 semester hours, which are different from any previously earned bachelor degree, are completed in actual class time through Baker College. Courses below the 100/1000 level do not apply to this requirement.
  3. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is achieved.
  4. A graduation application is completed and submitted. In certain circumstances, a degree or certificate may be awarded in the absence of a graduation application.

Undergraduate and Postbaccalaureate Certificates

Multiple certificates may be earned from Baker College.

Application for Graduation

All students who anticipate successful completion of their program course requirements for degrees or certificates must complete graduation applications online for each program at the my.baker.edu by the deadline.

Graduation Ceremony

The College conducts one formal graduation ceremony per year. It is held at the conclusion of the spring semester and includes all students who have completed a degree or certificate program during the current academic year. Students receiving special honors are recognized at this occasion (see Honor Graduates). To participate in the formal graduation ceremony, students must complete the Graduation Application by the deadline. See my.baker.edu

Undergraduate Certificates and Degrees:

Honor Graduates

Graduates who achieve 3.5 cumulative GPAs or higher are awarded special distinctions at graduation:

3.9 - 4.0 Summa Cum Laude
3.70 - 3.89 Magna Cum Laude
3.50 - 3.69 Cum Laude

Unofficial honor status for undergraduates for the spring graduation ceremony will be based on the student’s GPA at the time graduation materials are prepared. If a graduate’s status changes after the final audit, the graduate may obtain the appropriate honor cord. In addition, faculty on each campus may select an honor graduate (a student who has demonstrated the greatest potential for success in his/her field of study) in each of the degree disciplines.

  • Students in post-baccalaureate certificates do not qualify as honor graduates.
  • Students graduating from Baker College who are serving or have served in the military will receive recognition cords and may be eligible for additional SALUTE honor cords.