Graduation FAQ

Outstanding Grades, Incompletes, Transfer Credits and BTI Grades

Incomplete grades from all semesters must be resolved by Friday, April 18, 2014.

All requests for transfer credits must be completed by Friday, April 18, 2014.

All BTI and Inter-session grades must be received no later than Tuesday, May 13, 2014.

Please review your academic transcript after the final exam period and before Tuesday, May 13 to confirm that all of your final grades have been reported.

GPA Calculation & Faculty Official Graduate Vote

Your GPA will be calculated once your grades are closed. If outstanding grades are not submitted to the Office of Registration and Financial Aid by Tuesday, May 13, 2014, you will not be eligible for a May graduation from the School of Theology, and graduation will be deferred until September 2014.

If you have completed all degree requirements and settled your student account, your name will be presented to the School of Theology faculty for their graduation vote on Friday, May 16, 2014. You will then be clear to participate in all graduation ceremonies. Note: the University may withhold a diploma if financial and academic obligations have not been met.

MTS Oral Comprehensive Examination Deadlines

May 2014 MTS graduates must complete their Oral Comprehensive Exam by Friday, May 2, 2014.  Students are responsible for obtaining the Oral Comprehensive Form by download from the STH website.  This form must be signed by the advisor and second professor following the Oral Examination indicating the student’s pass or fail.  All Oral Comprehensive Exam forms must be left in the drop box in Suite 108 for update of the student transcript.

STM, D.Min, Th.D. and Ph.D. Graduation Deadlines and Requirements

A list of graduation deadlines specific to STM, D.Min., Th.D., and Ph.D. students can be found here.

Final Exiting Procedures for Student Accounts and Financial Aid

You must settle any and all payments to Boston University prior to the Commencement Day exercises in order to have your diploma ready for you at the STH Hooding Convocation.  If you have outstanding charges on your student account, the University will withhold your diploma.

Similarly, you must return all library books to the School of Theology or Mugar Memorial Libraries in advance of graduation.  Any fines must be paid as well.  Failure to return books or pay library fines will cause the University to withhold your diploma.

Students who have borrowed from the Federal Direct Stafford/Ford Loan programs must undertake an Exit Interview with the University’s Office of Financial Aid.  Information on Exit Interviews will be mailed to you directly from the University.  Failure to do the Federal Loan Exit Interview will cause the University to withhold your diploma until this process is complete.

Obtaining Academic Regalia

Everyone participating in a Commencement Weekend academic ceremony must wear a cap and gown approved by Boston University.  The University Cap and Gown department is located at Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Boston University on the fourth floor (617) 267-8484/Regalia Department (617) 236-7401.  Barnes & Noble accepts cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.  Graduating students must acquire Boston University Academic Regalia to participate in Boston University Commencement and School of Theology Hooding services.

For detailed information on obtaining academic regalia, please visit the official Boston University Commencement website.

Nickerson Field

For information about the University commencement at Nickerson Field, please visit the official Boston University Commencement website.