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Graduation Information

The Saint Louis University College of Arts and Sciences pre-commencement ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 16, 2024, at Chaifetz Arena.

This ceremony introduces and recognizes all SLU College of Arts and Sciences graduates. Each doctoral student is hooded by their mentor. The University’s commencement ceremony occurs on Saturday, May 18, 2024, at Chaifetz Arena. During the spring ceremonies, graduating students' names are only read at the pre-commencement ceremony.

Cap and gown are required for both ceremonies.

Learn More About SLU Commencement

Undergraduate Graduation Requirements

To be certified for graduation, candidates for a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete all course requirements and meet all of the following conditions:

  • Complete a minimum of 120 semester hours of undergraduate credit hours.
  • Complete all requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences core curriculum.
  • Complete all of the requirements of at least one academic major.
  • Hold a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or above in major(s), minor(s), and related hours (Some majors/minors may have a different/higher GPA requirement.).
  • Complete the final 30 of 36 credit hours at Saint Louis University or an approved study abroad program.
  • Complete the following percentages of credit hours at Saint Louis University or an approved study abroad program:
    • At least 50 percent of a major
    • At least 75 percent of a concentration
    • At least 75 percent of a minor

Verify Your Path to Graduation 

To determine if you are on track to graduate:

  • Verify that your degrees and majors/minors/certificates are correctly listed on your student transcript/degree evaluation.
  • Ensure that all transfer and study abroad credits are posted to your transcript/degree evaluation in the semester before anticipated graduation.
  • Submit a graduation application before the end of the drop/add period of the semester in which graduation is intended. Failure to submit the application by the deadline may result in delayed degree conferral, omission of your name from graduation publications, etc.
  • Contact your academic advisor if you have applied for graduation but need to defer degree completion to a later term.

Graduation Honors

Averages for graduation with Latin honors are computed only based on coursework taken at Saint Louis University. To be eligible for graduation with Latin honors, transfer students must take at least 60 hours at Saint Louis University.

  • Summa Cum Laude 3.9 - 4.0
  • Magna Cum Laude 3.7 - 3.89
  • Cum Laude 3.5 - 3.69

Final determination is made at the time of degree conferral.

Participating in Graduation/Pre-Commencement Ceremonies

Saint Louis University holds commencement ceremonies in May and December. Students who complete their degree requirements in the fall or the preceding summer term may participate in either ceremony. Students who complete their degree requirements in the spring or upcoming summer term are invited to participate in the May commencement ceremony. The names of graduating students are read only at the December commencement ceremony.

The College of Arts and Sciences holds a pre-commencement ceremony before the May commencement, at which graduates are individually recognized. Participation in the pre-commencement ceremony is limited to students whose degrees will be conferred by the college (not those who have solely completed a major/minor/certificate within the college).  

All graduating students must complete the graduation application. A graduation fee is billed to the student account of all graduating students in the term of conferral, regardless of participation in commencement activities. If, after submitting the graduation application, degree completion needs to be deferred to a later term, the academic advisor should be contacted.