Graduation - Undergraduate Engineering
Students may apply to graduate for Summer, Autumn, or Spring semester each academic year. Students in the College of Engineering must apply by the following deadlines:
August 8, 2021
Application Deadline has Passed
August 7, 2022
Applications Available November 1, 2021
December 18, 2022
Applications Available November 1, 2021
May 7, 2023
Applications Available March 28, 2022
For dates of future ceremonies, view the university Academic Calendar.
Additional Programs Information
Please view the following information if you are completing additional programs at Ohio State. You will need to confirm you are on track to complete these additional programs. Extra steps may be necessary to verify completion of these programs.
Ensure minors, secondary majors, and dual degrees are posted in BuckeyeLink. You can view this on your Advising Report. If they do not display correctly, please contact your academic advisor.
Please note: Only the degree name appears on Ohio State diplomas. Minors, secondary majors, and specializations/concentrations appear on your transcript, not your diploma.
If you are completing a minor, be sure to review your Degree Audit. If you have any questions about the minor requirements or selecting courses for the minor, you should contact an advisor in the program offering the minor. If your minor is not running complete in your Degree Audit, you will are required to submit a Minor Program Form to your advisor before your final semester begins.
Secondary Majors (Double Majors)
If you are earning a second major from another college on your Engineering degree, you will need to work with an academic advisor in the second major to ensure that you are meeting requirements for the second major. If you Degree Audit is not running complete for your second major, our office will need a major program form for your second major in order to update your Degree Audit correctly. In the Commencement ceremony, you will march with and wear the tassel for the College of Engineering.
If you are earning dual degrees and are completing a degree from a college other than Engineering, you will need to file a separate application to graduate with each college. Be sure to indicate on your applications which college you would like to march with during Commencement, and wear the tassel for that college.
Latin Honors are awarded based on students’ cumulative point-hour ratio as of the term penultimate to their graduation semester. Should a student earn a higher designation in the last term of enrollment, the higher honor will be awarded. In order to be eligible for these honors, a student must also have 60 graded credit hours of Ohio State courses. The CPHR requirements to graduate with Latin honors are as follows:
- Cum Laude (3.5-3.69)
- Magna Cum Laude (3.70-3.89)
- Summa Cum Laude (3.90+)
There are no exceptions made to the above requirements; these are based on university rules.
With Honors in Engineering
Students who wish to graduate "With Honors in Engineering” must submit an approved Honors Contract to the College Office Honors Advisors. The Honors Contract initial application must be submitted to the College’s honors advisor via email by the end of the student's second spring term at Ohio State, with a finalized application submitted by the Second Friday of the student's second to last undergraduate semester.
If you have questions regarding Graduation with Honors, you may contact Stephanie Rinehart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students who have a 3.0 or higher CPHR and choose to complete an undergraduate research thesis project may graduate “With Research Distinction.” Honors students who complete undergraduate research requirements may graduate “With Honors Research Distinction”. This option must be arranged through the College of Engineering before the student’s final semester. Students must have an approved Undergraduate Research Proposal on file with the College’s Honors Advisor to be eligible for either option. Students should work with the College Office Honors advisors in 224 Bolz Hall to ensure they meet the requirements for the Distinction program.
If you have questions regarding Graduation with Research Distinction, you may contact Mike Knisley at email@example.com.
Students who earn any of the honors listed above are eligible to wear Honors Cords at Commencement. (Each student wears only one set of cords, even if they have earned multiple honors.)
If you are eligible to wear Honors Cords at the upcoming Commencement, you will be notified by email in the last few weeks of the semester. You will also receive instructions by email for picking up your Honors Cords. Be sure to bring your BuckID or another form of identification when picking up your Honors Cords.
Make sure to bring these cords to the Commencement ceremony. Also, eligible students are welcome to pick up their Honors Cords as a memento even if they are not planning on attending the Commencement ceremony.
To ensure a smooth graduation process, students should review and complete the following graduation items.
Graduation applications must be submitted two semesters prior to your anticipated graduation date. After submitting your application, notify your College of Engineering departmental advisor regarding any changes to your projected schedule of classes and/or your anticipated semester of graduation. Please note that you will need to submit a new application to graduate if you change your plans and decide to graduate in a different semester.
The College of Engineering will send important information directly to your OSU e-mail account throughout the semester you plan to graduate. Be sure that the College of Engineering graduation email account, ENG-Graduation@osu.edu, is considered a “safe” sender, and that the account is not full and is accepting emails. If you forward your OSU e-mail to a private account, you may not receive important e-mails regarding your graduation. To remove the forwarding, go to the OSU Email Account Management page at my.osu.edu, select the "Change Delivery" link, and follow the instructions.
If you are transferring any credit to Ohio State or completing an examination credit test to fulfill a degree requirement during your graduation term, follow the instructions below.
Transfer Credit Completed Before Your Final Semester
Many students choose to complete coursework at other institutions to fulfill degree requirements at OSU. For the college to complete the degree certification progress, all transfer credit must be posted to the student's OSU record before their final semester begins. Thus, students are required to transfer all credit from other institutions to OSU before the first day of class of their final semester.
Completing Transfer Credit During Your Final Semester
In general, students are discouraged from waiting until their last semester at Ohio State to transfer credit from another institution. However, if you plan to do so, please make sure that you follow proper procedures so that every effort can be made to have the credit posted as soon as possible.
It is the student’s responsibility to
- confirm with your advisor whether the course(s) taken will fulfill the intended academic requirements at Ohio State;
- review the academic calendar of the other institution, including grade release dates, to ensure you can still meet Ohio State deadlines;
- indicate on your application to graduate that you intend to complete transfer credit in your final semester; and
- have an official transcript sent from the host institution to Ohio State as soon as your final grade(s) are available.
You should review the instructions for sending official transcripts to Ohio State, which are available at http://registrar.osu.edu/transfer_credit/index.asp.
After you have completed the course and have requested a transcript to be sent to Ohio State, you can monitor your Transfer Credit Report online at Buckeye Link. After the transcript has been delivered, and Ohio State has reviewed the credit, it will be posted to your record and will appear on this report. Ohio State cannot confer a degree until the credit is officially posted to your Transfer Credit Report and has been reviewed by your advisor. Due to the time required for this process, most students completing transfer credit in their final semester do not have the process completed in time to receive their degree or diploma at the Commencement Ceremony. Students in this situation will have until the university deadline, the Friday of the second week of the subsequent term, in order to resolve any outstanding transfer credit or requirements needed to complete the degree.
Credit By Examination
If you plan on completing some of your required coursework via Credit by Examination (EM credit), the College will check to see if your EM credit for required coursework has posted to your record by the Friday of the 10th Week of your graduating semester. You are required to complete the tests for EM credit early in the semester in order to avoid any issues with credit posting.
If your EM credit has not posted by the Friday of the 10th Week of the semester, at that point you will be removed from the Graduation Candidate List for that semester. You will NOT be permitted to participate in the Commencement Ceremony until your EM credit posts. If you earn EM credit after this deadline, notify the departmental advisor as soon as possible and you will be re-added to the Graduation Candidate List and permitted to participate in Commencement. If your EM credit never posts, you will NOT be permitted to participate in the Commencement Ceremony for this semester and will need to submit another graduation application to your advisor with your new semester of graduation.
Please note that, according to the policy from the Office of Testing, EM tests cannot be repeated. You can find more information about earning EM credit through the Office of Testing.
After you have completed any tests for EM credit, you can monitor your record by running an Advising Report via the Student Center on Buckeye Link. Once the credit has been posted to your Ohio State record, it will appear on this report.
After you have scheduled your classes for your final semester, run a Degree Audit from Buckeye Link. Instructions and help for running and reading Degree Audits is available at http://registrar.osu.edu/degree_audit/index.asp. During your semester of graduation, all sections of the Degree Audit Report should be highlighted in green, showing "completed" and "in progress" coursework. Any sections highlighted in red should be brought to your departmental advisor’s attention immediately.
In order to ensure your diploma is printed and, if needed, mailed correctly, you may need to submit a name change or update your mailing address.
Diplomas will be printed using your primary name on the university system. You will also receive a Candidate Information email that will list your name as it will appear on your diploma.
To officially change your name on your academic record, you must submit a Request for Change of Record form along with appropriate documentation verifying your name change to Buckeyelink on Lane by the 8th Friday of the semester. Name changes entered through your student center, updating your "Preferred Name" without documentation, will NOT change the name printed on your diploma.
If you submit a Request for Change of Record form to the Student Service Center, you also need to email ENG-Graduation@osu.edu with an update about the changes you requested.
It's important that you make sure your permanent address in Buckeye Link is correct. If for any reason the university needs to mail your diploma to you, it will be sent to the permanent address listed in your Student Center.
To change your address:
1. Go to “My Student Center” in Buckeye Link.
2. Go to the “Personal Information” section.
3. Click on “Permanent Address”.
4. Click on the “edit” button.
5. Update address information and click on “OK”.
6. Choose the date on which your changes should take effect.
7. Click on “Save”.
You will receive a "Graduation Booklet" email around week 4 or 5 of your graduating semester. The email will contain important information and instructions regarding your commencement. Shortly after, you will also be sent an email with your individual information, which you will need to review for accuracy.
Detailed information about the Commencement ceremony for both graduates and guests can be found at the commencement website. Be sure to review the information on this website in detail as it becomes available. This is where you will find details about attire, invitations, rehearsal, parking, and other common questions.
If you will not be attending the commencement ceremony, submit the Commencement Ceremony Absence Excuse Form online.
Undergraduate students graduating from the College of Engineering are required to complete the Ohio State Graduation Survey (opens two weeks before Commencement). Students will need to complete this survey to receive their commencement line number. Additional information will be send by email when the survey is open.
Found a job? Going to grad school? Still looking? If you're looking for a job, Engineering Career Services (ECS) can help. Contact ECS for individual coaching on your resume and interview skills. Other services include on-campus interviews, resume referrals, and job postings.
Additional Final Semester Items
What an exciting time to be in! You are finishing up your undergraduate career and, hopefully, looking back with fond memories of the last few years. Many look to this time with excitement about future prospects, such as graduate school or getting into industry. And the excitement is true...to a point. We are presented with this expectation that every chapter in our academic and employment career consists of smooth transitions without delays or barriers to graduation. Life, however, has a way of sometimes not working out exactly as we hoped, planned, or expected. With academic and career decisions to make, the uncertainty can be a bit scary and lead to stress, inaction, and procrastination. It happens, and you are not alone.
As you are looking down the tunnel at the last leg of your undergraduate career, it is important to maintain balance and have an overall sense of wellness. It won’t do you or your academic performance any good if you are stressed, anxious, and overwhelmed. Below are some tips and resources available to you to help you in your endeavors.
Talk with your advisor. It’s better to know ahead of time when you can if you are graduating. It’s also better to have a conversation ahead of time of what to do should you not graduate. We know that grades don’t often come in until the Friday before Commencement, so you may initially think you are going to graduate until that weekend. Your advisor can help you figure out if you can walk for graduation and what classes you may be able to take over summer to get the degree. Or they may be able to help you figure out what plans B through Z are. I encourage you to make an appointment with your advisor sooner rather than later if you think it’s a good possibility you won’t graduate, or if you are uncertain.
- Talk with Engineering Career Services. Sitting down with a Career Counselor can be very helpful. They can help you with connecting to employers if you have had difficulty finding employment. They also have a workshop that can be very helpful in developing plans of action.
Utilize Campus Resources. The Ohio State University is committed to supporting students with multiple resources. Below is a list of free resources and links to their website.
- Dennis Learning Center: The Dennis Learning Center provides free Academic Coaching to assist with learning and motivation strategies. dennislearningcenter.osu.edu
- Office of Disability Services: slds.osu.edu
- Student Advocacy: advocacy.osu.edu
- For even more details about resources and programs, visit advising.engineering.osu.edu/current-osu-students/wellness
Barriers to graduation can happen, and delays in success sometimes occur. Sometimes we can predict that these might happen and sometimes we cannot. Some of you may be aware of these barriers or delays in your own preparation for graduating and have anxiety, fear of disappointing your loved ones, embarrassment of how you believe your friends, classmates, and/or faculty may see you, and even thoughts and feelings that you are a failure. While these reactions may seem understandable because of what and how we think about others and ourselves, the reality is they happen to many of us, and most folks won’t view you as a failure.
When experiencing this anxiety, embarrassment, and fear of disappointment or being a failure, some folks try to cope with these feelings through procrastination or avoidance, using drugs and alcohol, engaging in self-injurious behavior (such as cutting, punching, burning, or banging one’s head against a hard object), or even contemplate or attempt suicide. We get it. You are freezing up and looking for a way to escape because you are not sure what to do next. We wanted to provide you options beyond these unhealthy and even unsafe coping skills to help you be as successful and healthy as you can be. You are not alone. You have many folks and resources available to help you come up with options beyond your number one, which is graduation. Being prepared for other possible outcomes is not self-doubt or weakness, as some might think. It’s having safety nets available so that if option 1 (graduation) doesn’t happen, we can take steps to move forward in a healthy, productive way.
Reaching out to any of the resources listed above can be a great first step.
Students who have any outstanding financial obligations left to the university will not receive their diploma until those issues are settled. These can include, but are not limited to, tuition payments, exit interviews, library fines, parking tickets, etc. In addition, the university will not release your diploma or your transcripts to you or future employers until such issues are settled.
Typically, in order to receive your diploma at Commencement, financial holds must be removed. Contact Buckeyelink on Lane to determine what you need to complete to lift any holds you may have. If you have recently been in contact with this office to resolve ahold, then check back with the office in a few days to confirm that the hold has been removed.
Students who must complete an exit interview as a part of their financial assistance program typically are sent an email notification with instructions. However, in case your email server filtered out this notification, here are the most common online exit interviews: Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Loan
There may also be other types of holds that could prevent you from receiving your diploma. You can view any holds you might have on your Student Center at Buckeye Link. Not all holds will prevent you from receiving your diploma, so be sure to review the details of any hold you might see on your account. For example, a hold that was placed because you did not complete the Financial Responsibility Statement will not affect your diploma—that hold just prevents you from registering for classes until the statement has been completed.
If you are missing any final grades on the Friday before Commencement, please contact the graduation coordinator at ENG-Graduation@osu.edu.
Graduating students may participate in Commencement, even if final grades are missing. However, students with missing grades or other unresolved issues will not have a diploma in the red cover they receive during Commencement. Any student in this situation will need to work with their advisor and the graduation coordinator to resolve any outstanding issues, and will be able to receive a diploma only after he/she has been certified to graduate.
Many employers will require you to become licensed as a Professional Engineer (PE). To begin this process, you should take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam. Passing this exam will qualify you as an Engineer in Training (EIT), and after four years you may take the PE Exam. For more information on what the Professional Engineer Exam is and why you should take it, please read information from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Survey (NCEES).
Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam
You may register for the FE Exam in Ohio directly through NCEES if you are a:
- Graduate of an EAC/ABET accredited engineering curriculum of four years or more or currently enrolled and in your final two semesters (or equivalent) of an EAC/ABET accredited engineering curriculum.
- Graduate of an ETAC/ABET accredited engineering technology curriculum of four years or more or currently enrolled and in your final two semesters (or equivalent) of an ETAC/ABET accredited engineering curriculum.
Once you receive a passing score on the NCEES FE Exam, and you have graduated from one of the programs listed above, you may submit an Engineer Intern (EI) Application and an official college transcript to the Ohio State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors to receive an EI designation and EI certificate. Applications will be available online starting in January 2014.
Obtaining a Dean’s Statement
The former requirement for a Dean’s Statement to accompany an application prior to graduation is no longer necessary per the procedural changes listed above.
For additional information, go to the Ohio State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors.
Looking for a job? Engineering Career Services (ECS) can help. Contact ECS for individual coaching on your resume and interview skills. Other services include on-campus interviews, resume referrals, and job postings. For more information, call 292-6651, stop by 122 Hitchcock Hall, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the ECS website.
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For more information regarding the Commencement ceremony, including information about the academic costume, location, speaker, and parking, visit OSU Commencement. The College of Engineering also hosts Pre-Commencement Celebration events before the ceremony in autumn and spring semesters. Details about these events will be emailed to degree candidates and will also be available on the college's event calendar.
For any questions regarding graduation, you may contact ENG-Graduation@osu.edu.
Some departments provide more detailed information about the application to graduate process for your major, which you can view using the links below.