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Bachelor's degrees are awarded to students who have earned a minimum of 180 quarter hours (equivalent to 120 semester credit hours) of appropriate credit in an approved program of study with an overall cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher, as well as a 3.0 or higher in their major or concentration. Students pursuing a minor must earn a grade point average of 2.0 or higher in their minor program. To graduate with a double major, students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in each major and a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0. The final 45 hours of any degree program must be completed at SCAD (may include eLearning and study abroad).
Bachelor's degree students must complete the application for graduation at least two quarters before they complete their degree requirements. The graduation application is required whether or not the student plans to participate in a commencement ceremony. In Atlanta and Hong Kong, a commencement ceremony will be held at the end of spring quarter. Students who complete all degree requirements by the end of the winter or spring quarters may participate in the spring commencement ceremony. Students who plan to participate in the commencement ceremony must complete all degree requirements no later than the summer quarter following the ceremony. Students should note that course offerings may be limited in summer. In Savannah, commencement ceremonies are held at the end of the fall and spring quarters. Students who complete all degree requirements by the end of winter or spring quarter may participate in the spring commencement ceremony. Students who complete all degree requirements by the end of the summer or fall quarters may participate in the fall commencement ceremony.
At graduation, bachelor's degree students may be awarded academic honors based on their cumulative grade point average their last quarter before commencement. Since commencement is scheduled before final grades are submitted, the cumulative grade point averages of students who complete their graduation requirements spring quarter are based on their average the previous quarter. Students who have a cumulative grade point average below a specific honor level prior to commencement, but earn the required average after grades are calculated, have that honor indicated on their diploma.
Cum Laude 3.5 to 3.69 GPA
Magna Cum Laude 3.7 to 3.89 GPA
Summa Cum Laude 3.9 to 4.0 GPA
Students enrolled in B.F.A. programs in art history and architectural history are required to complete a thesis as part of their graduation requirements. Students register for the thesis course at the end of their program and are expected to complete the thesis by the end of the enrollment term. Students who do not finish their theses by the end of the term may request a grade of incomplete subject to the temporary grade of incomplete policy.