COMING TO TERMS
SENIOR STANDING, GRADUATING SENIORS, GRADUATION CANDIDATES
A “senior” standing means that you have completed enough hours (90, excluding any developmental hours) to be labeled “senior.” In this same way, you are labeled a “graduation candidate” rather than a graduating senior. Graduation candidates may or may not successfully complete the semester’s work in order to participate in that semester’s commencement activities. It is not unusual for graduation candidates to return to school for another semester to complete course work for various reasons.
So be practical to avoid disappointment. You do not have a “graduation year” or “graduation class” until after your passing grades are in at the end of the semester in which you filed a form for possible graduation.
“Graduating seniors” are those people who have finished their last semester and who have been cleared for graduation. Before that, you are a “graduation candidate.”
The information on these pages will help you get through your final semester as a graduation candidate here at Nicholls State University. There are other sites on the Nicholls homepage that are designed to help you with career choices and the world that awaits you. Be sure to check these out: Career Services
If successfully completing the courses you are taking in any particular semester will mean that you have finished all of your curriculum requirements at the university, you are said to be eligible for graduation that semester.
Remember, students who become graduation candidates sometimes fail to complete their course work, which means that they have to reapply for graduation next semester. The possibility that you will pass the courses that complete your requirements makes you “eligible for graduation.” Signing the proper forms makes you an official graduation candidate. Neither of these conditions, however, means that you are graduating.
Becoming an Official Graduation Candidate
You will probably find out when you will be eligible to graduate from your advisor. You and your advisor will determine the semester in which you need to fill out the forms that will make you an official graduation candidate. This form is called an “Application for Graduation” and can be obtained in the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies (Elkins Hall 252). Before the form is signed by your advisor and the department head, you will sit down with your advisor once more to make sure that your coursework for that semester will clear you for graduation. After your application for graduation is approved by your advisor and department head, you will then take it to the office of the College of Arts and Sciences (Peltier Hall 127) to obtain the dean’s signature.
Graduate Day and the Final Advisor Graduation Check
The university sponsors a Graduate Day for all students who have a schedule that makes it possible for them to complete degree requirements during the current semester. Attending Graduate Day will ensure that you meet with your Interdisciplinary Studies advisor for that final graduation check.
Those students who miss Graduate Day can still schedule an appointment with their advisor to get the final graduation check and complete the application for graduation. Please call the office of Interdisciplinary Studies (985-448-4459) if you have questions.
The Required Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone Course: IDST 410
All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to take the Interdisciplinary Studies senior capstone courses: IDST 410. A capstone course is a course that requires students to demonstrate and document skills and knowledge associated with completion of their major. In IDST 410, students will demonstrate their academic and professional accomplishments through the development of an academic portfolio that may be used as a career portfolio upon graduation. Students will also explore what opportunities their degree will open for them, not only in terms of careers but also graduate study and other professional certification opportunities. The courses are taught every semester, usually online, and have limited seating. See your advisor about entering this required course.