Graduation Requirements

Members of the December, 2019 CHS Graduating Class

At the beginning of each term the Registrar’s Office notifies eligible students of the required procedure to apply for graduation. Failure to apply means failure to graduate. The deadline for applying is published each semester on the Registrar’s web site. Students must meet all, at minimum, the following requirements to graduate:

  • Minimum of 120 – 128 semester hours (see Program of Study for exact semester hour requirements)
  • At least 50 semester hours of credit must be from a senior (4-year) institution.
  • At least 18 semester hours of credit in the major must be from Appalachian State University.
  • At least 9 semester hours of credit in the minor must be from Appalachian State University.
  • All major and minor specific requirements met
  • All Core Curriculum or General Education requirements met
  • All Special Designators or Designations met
  • All “I” (Incomplete) grades removed from transcript
  • Minimum GPA requirements must be met
  • All accounts must be cleared (library, housing, financial aid, etc.)
  • All additional departmental and major-specific requirements

Students must apply to graduate for the term in which they will graduate, not the term in which they will participate in commencement, and they must submit their graduation application in the semester prior to their last semester taking courses. 

Complete all course requirements, including internships and other field experiences

Submit graduation application by

Apply for graduation term

Walk in commencement ceremony

Spring Term

Prior Fall Term



Any Summer term

Prior Fall Term



Fall Term

Prior Spring Term



 *RN to BSN students will complete all coursework and apply for August graduation; however, they will walk in the following December commencement ceremony. 

Please see the Registrar's Office site for deadlines and more detailed information.