Graduation Information

Students are eligible to graduate upon satisfactory completion of all academic requirements in their degree program.

The information below is for undergraduate students only. Graduate students should consult with the Graduate School for their graduation processes.

Submission Deadlines

  • Potential May graduates: October 1st
  • Potential August graduates: November 15th
  • Potential December graduates: May 1st

Compliance with these deadlines will ensure that you receive your graduation audit prior to the deadline for changing your final semester’s schedule, in the event that you have overlooked a degree requirement.

Graduation Process

Students must complete their Intent to Graduate Form/Graduation Application by the deadlines specified above. The application opens for May and August in September of the preceding year, and the application for December opens in January. Students with 85+ credits will receive an email in early September of their senior year with information about the relevant graduation processes and deadlines. Any curriculum modification or course substitution forms should be submitted at the same time, if they are not already on file.

After submitting their application, students will receive an official Graduation Audit, which notes any outstanding requirements they have to complete. Note: this audit includes courses for which they are currently enrolled, as the credit has not yet been earned. Students should review these forms carefully, in particular any additional notes that were included by the Dean’s Office. Students with questions about their graduation audit can email or come to the CHS Dean’s Office (Quinn 101).

All seniors are expected to attend the Senior Meeting, usually held in April (details are provided to students who have submitted their Graduation Application). 

As of Fall 2023, Commencement is held twice per year, in December and May. All December graduates are eligible to participate in the fall commencement, and may also choose to participate in the spring commencement in the year that follows their degree conferral. August graduates may participate in the spring commencement ceremony preceding their summer coursework; a notation will indicate in the commencement program that August graduates are expected to complete their coursework in the summer.

All students must complete a minimum of 120 credits, and earn a minimum cumulative GPA of a 2.00 in order to graduate from the University of Rhode Island.

Note: Participating in Commencement activities does not guarantee that you have completed your degree requirements.

Commencement Information

Information about the College of Health Sciences Commencement Exercises is given to graduating students during the Senior Meeting and via email. The URI Commencement website also includes general information.

Graduation Honors Information

Please refer to the URI Catalog for information on Latin honors/graduation honors (cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude).


  • Honors designations in the Commencement Program are as of the Fall semester (the program is printed before grades for the Spring semester are due)
  • Honors designations on transcripts and diplomas are based on cumulative GPA after all final grades are posted, including those for which a Second Grade Option was utilized
  • Transfer students, please read: students must take 60 graded (on A-F scale) credits at URI in order to be eligible for graduation honors. Courses taken under the S/U (pass/fail) grading scale do not count towards this minimum.