Graduation Requirements and Honors

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete the general graduation requirements as prescribed by the University, as well as all degree requirements specified in the degree being pursued. The following summary of graduation requirements is provided for all students:

  1. Students must initiate an application for graduation. The application must be received by the Office of the Registrar within the time limit established by that office.
  2. Students must successfully complete all required courses for a particular degree listed in the applicable catalog.
  3. Students must successfully complete the minimum number of credit hours required for the degree as listed in the applicable catalog.
  4. Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree must complete the last 30 credit hours at the University, or the last 15 hours if pursuing an associate’s degree.
  5. Students pursuing a bachelor's degree must complete a minimum of 40 credit hours in upper-division (300 and 400 level) courses. Credit transferred from other institutions will be accepted at the discretion of Embry-Riddle.
  6. For degree completion, at least 25 percent of semester credit hours must be earned through Embry-Riddle instruction.
  7. Students pursuing any undergraduate degree must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.00 for all work completed at the University. Candidates for the B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, B.S. in Civil Engineering, B.S. in Computer Engineering (B.S. in Computer Engineering and Software Engineering candidates must also earn a minimum CGPA of 2.00 in all AE, EE, ES, SE, and CEC courses that fulfill any of the degree requirements), B.S. in Electrical Engineering, B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and the B.S. in Engineering Physics must also earn a minimum CGPA of 2.00 in all required core courses. Details are specified under the degree requirement headings of the Academic Programs section in this catalog.
  8. Students will not be issued a diploma or transcript of their records until all debts or obligations owed to the University have been satisfied.
  9. Students will not be issued a diploma unless their behavior is in good standing, according to University policies and regulations. This includes, but is not limited to, not being on disciplinary probation.
  10. Students will not be permitted to participate in formal graduation ceremonies conducted at the residential campuses until all the degree requirements listed above have been satisfied. Students anticipating degree completion during the summer terms may be eligible to participate in the spring commencement ceremony if they meet established guidelines.
  11. Following the graduation exercise, the diploma will be mailed to the address provided by the student.

Graduation Honors

Graduation honors recognize students who have demonstrated excellent performance throughout their Embry-Riddle academic career. They are only awarded to students who complete baccalaureate degree programs. To be eligible, the student must have completed at least 45 credit hours in residence. The level of graduation honors will be based on the cumulative grade point average for all courses taken at Embry-Riddle. The honors level will appear on the student’s academic transcript with the degree information.

Graduation honors (baccalaureate only) will be awarded in accordance with the following criteria, no rounding is applied:

Honors Level CGPA
Summa Cum Laude At least 3.90
Magna Cum Laude At least 3.70 and less than 3.90
Cum Laude At least 3.50 and less than 3.70

To be recognized for honors at the formal commencement ceremonies, all degree requirements must have been met.