Degree Information, Fees and Honors
Concurrent Degrees/Double Majors
Concurrent degrees can be earned when a student pursues two undergraduate degrees simultaneously, with the majors occurring in different programs. The minimum requirements are 15 unique hours 3/4000 level in one major and a total of 139 combined hours.
If 15 unique hours are not available in one major, additional hours to meet this requirement must be approved by the department chairperson. Students earning concurrent degrees will be charged two graduation application fees when the application is processed and will receive two diplomas upon successful completion of both degree requirements.
A double major is when a student earns more than one major within one bachelor’s degree in the same program. Students earning a double major will only be charged one graduation application fee when they are tentatively cleared to graduate and will only receive one diploma upon successful completion of all degree requirements.
Note: Only one application is required for both concurrent degrees and double majors. For more information and details regarding requirements, see your academic adviser.
Academic certificates may be earned alongside an undergraduate bachelor’s degree or alone. There is no application fee when applying for a certificate only, but there is an application required. Certificates are awarded and recorded on the official university transcript but there is no diploma or printed certificate given to the student.
- Students should apply for graduation prior to the semester in which they plan to graduate. They should apply no later than July 1 for fall graduation; no later than November 1 for spring graduation; and, no later than March 1 for summer graduation in order to avoid an additional late fee.
- There is no application fee when applying for a certificate only, but there is an application required.
- The early graduation fee is $45. Applying after the priority deadline will incur an additional $25 fee, totaling $70.
- Application fees are charged to the student’s bursar account once the application has been processed. For more information on paying fees, see the Bursar Office.
- Students must complete a new application and will be charged a graduation fee for every semester they apply, regardless of the reason for applying again. The graduation fee, along with all other outstanding balances, must be paid before the diploma will be released (paid in person, by mail or by web payment).
Academic Honor Students
The UCO Bookstore will have an official list of undergraduate students who have been designated as graduating with honors. Bachelor’s candidates must have a retention GPA of 3.70 or above to graduate with honors. Master’s candidates and associate degree candidates must have a 4.00 GPA to graduate “With Honors”.
Students meeting honors requirements will be allowed to purchase an honor cord that is sold separately to be worn over their robe.
Honor cord colors for bachelor’s candidates:
- Summa Cum Laude - Gold
- Magna Cum Laude - Silver
- Cum Laude – White
Contact the Office of the Registrar by calling 405-974-2727 if you feel that your name was inadvertently omitted from the list.
For the purpose of commencement, honors are determined by the retention GPA earned at the time. Official graduation with honors is not determined until all final semester grades are recorded and the degree has been awarded.
For information regarding undergraduate honors requirements, see Academic Policy 7.1 on the Policy and Guidelines page.
When Degrees are Posted
If there are no missing requirements, transcripts reflecting notations of degrees earned in the previous semester are available approximately one week after the close of each term (fall, spring and summer). The graduation date indicated on the University of Central Oklahoma transcript will be the last official day of the semester at the close of the applicable fall, spring or summer terms. For the exact end of semester dates, refer to our deadlines page.
Students who complete their degree requirements should receive diplomas by mail approximately five-six weeks following the last day of class in the semester in which they graduate.
Degree Delayed/Missing Requirements
Students with missing requirements such as courses with incomplete grades changed to permanent grades, transfer grades, grade changes and/or course substitutions not submitted within four weeks after the end of the spring or summer semester will be removed from graduation and notified by letter and email.
Students with missing requirements such as courses with incomplete grades changed to permanent grades, transfer grades, grade changes and/or course substitutions not submitted within six weeks after the end of the fall semester will be removed from graduation and notified by letter and email.
For official conferral to occur students must reapply for the next graduation semester and payment of an additional graduation fee will be required. See your graduation acceptance email for the exact deadline for your semester.
The University of Central Oklahoma has authorized the National Student Clearinghouse to provide enrollment and degree verification. To request a letter of degree verification, please email the following information to Degree Certification:
- Semester degree was earned
- Student ID (if known), or date of birth
- Address or email to which you would like the letter sent