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Graduation

General Graduation Requirements

  • Responsibility for meeting all graduation requirements rests with the student. In addition to the University’s minimum general requirements listed below, colleges and/or departments may have additional graduation requirements as described in the colleges’ information sections of the University Bulletin. Minimum general requirements for graduation are:

    • Credit for at least 120 semester hours

    • Credit for at least 30 of the last 40 semester hours required for degree completion must be earned at the University of Montevallo

    • Credit for at least 30 semester hours of 300- and/or 400-level study earned at the University of Montevallo

    • Completion of at least 25 percent of the credit hours required for the degree at the University of Montevallo

    • Completion of at least 50 percent of the courses required for the major at the University of Montevallo

    • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 for courses required for the major(s)

    • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 for courses required for the minor(s), if applicable

    • A cumulative institutional GPA of at least 2.0

    • A cumulative overall GPA of at least 2.0 on all courses attempted, including transfer courses

    • Completion of the required senior assessments.

    When calculating the major or minor GPA, only the highest grade in each course will be used.

    No more than 64 semester hours of credit from a two year college may be applied toward degree requirements. No more than 45 combined semester hours of credit earned through Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), and military credit may be applied toward meeting degree requirements.

    Although students with a financial obligation to the University may be permitted to participate in commencement exercises, official transcripts and diplomas will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University are satisfied.

Specific Degree Requirements

  • Bachelor of Arts

    In addition to the General Education curriculum, students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree must complete the second year course sequence (201 and 202) in French, German, or Spanish.

    Completion of the foreign-language requirement is based on proficiency. Students have the opportunity to take a foreign-language placement exam to determine if they may start their language studies beyond the 101 level. A student whose level of language proficiency makes it possible to bypass one or more lower-level language classes will reduce the number of hours required to complete the language sequence but will not reduce the total number of hours required for graduation. For example, a student who places in FRN 102 as a result of the placement exam will not be required to take FRN 101 but will not receive the credit hours for FRN 101. Information about the placement exam is available from the Department of English and Foreign Languages.

  • Bachelor of Science

    Students seeking the Bachelor of Science degree must complete a total of 18 or more credit hours in mathematics and science.

  • Other Undergraduate Degrees

    For information about the Bachelor of Business Administration degree, refer to the College of Business section of the Bulletin. For information about the Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees, refer to the College of Fine Arts section.

  • Second Bachelor’s Degree

    Students who have previously completed a bachelor’s degree from the University of Montevallo or another regionally accredited institution may pursue a second bachelor’s degree at the University of Montevallo. Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree and are pursuing a second bachelor’s degree of the same type (B.A., B.S., etc.) will be considered as having completed the General Education requirements. Students who are pursuing a second bachelor’s degree of a different type may be required by the department offering the degree to complete additional General Education courses.

    A second bachelor’s degree may be conferred when all requirements of the second degree program are completed. Requirements for the second bachelor’s degree are:

    • Completion of at least 50 percent of the courses required for the major at the University of Montevallo

    • Completion of at least 25 percent of the credit hours required for a bachelor’s degree at the University of Montevallo;

    • Completion of at least 30 semester hours at the 300/400 level at the University of Montevallo;

    • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 for courses required for the major(s);

    • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 for courses required for the minor(s), if applicable

    • A minimum cumulative overall and institutional GPA of 2.0.

    Students who have formerly earned a bachelor’s degree at UM must meet the above requirements in addition to previously completed coursework. Additional coursework to meet standards including, but not limited to, course prerequisites, program accreditation, teacher certification, or graduate program entry may be required. All requirements should be reviewed with the academic adviser.

  • Double Majors

    Students who select two majors must meet the degree requirements of both majors, including the General Education requirements. If the majors are in different degree programs, students will receive two diplomas simultaneously at graduation. The recipients’ names will be listed in the printed commencement program under both degree programs.

  • Teacher Certification Requirements

    Students who intend to earn teacher certification should review requirements with their advisers during the freshman year. Information regarding teacher education programs is included in the College of Education section of the Bulletin and in the undergraduate Teacher Education Handbook.

  • Graduation Honors

    Graduation honors that are designated on the transcript and on the diploma are based on the following standard:

Cumulative UM GPA Graduation Status
3.5–3.69 Cum Laude
3.7–3.89 Magna Cum Laude
3.9–4.0 Summa Cum Laude

If a student participates in the commencement exercise prior to completion of all degree requirements, notations of Graduation Honors will not be recorded in the official commencement program.  

Criteria to Participate in Spring Commencement

  • Undergraduate students who have not completed all graduation requirements by the end of spring term may participate in Spring Commencement if they:

    • have 18 or fewer hours to complete with verified Summer Term enrollment at UM in all remaining requirements (including a completed transient letter, if applicable); and

    • have obtained at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA.

    Names of all participants will be printed in the program. Therefore, a student may participate in only one commencement ceremony. The “degree conferred” date on the student’s diploma and transcript will correspond to one of the three dates that UM confers degrees (see Academic Calendar). All graduation requirements and financial obligations must be satisfied in order to receive the diploma.

    Honors designations are determined by final UM GPA. Therefore, honors designations will not be indicated in the program for those who participate in a commencement ceremony prior to completion of all degree requirements. Appropriate honors designations will be printed on the diploma.

    Any exceptions to this policy must originate with the student’s Dean and will require the approval of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.