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2018-2019 Academic Year

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Although advice is readily available on request, the responsibility of selecting the appropriate courses for graduation rests ultimately with the student.

Senate confers certificates, diplomas, and degrees twice each year in the spring and in the fall. Normally, a Convocation is held in May and in November.

Students must submit an Application to Graduate form to the Registrar's Office by the specified deadlines - see Important Dates in the University Year. A graduation fee is also required. Conferred credentials will not be made available to students until all accounts have been paid in full.

2.2.31.1 Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate, a minimum of 50 percent of total coursework must be completed at Mount Saint Vincent University. Students require a CGPA of 1.7 to graduate. Therefore, no one will be allowed to graduate while on academic probation. In addition, students must meet specific departmental GPA requirements for graduation.

2.2.31.2 Honours at Graduation

Guidelines for honours at graduation, known as graduating “with distinction,” are as follows. These guidelines will be interpreted by the Committee on Academic Policy and Planning, in consultation with the Registrar.

▸ Graduating “With Distinction”
A student may graduate “with distinction” under the following conditions:

  • A cumulative GPA of at least 3.50 is obtained.
  • For students in the BA and BSc General Studies, “with distinction” will be assessed in the last eight (8.0) units of study taken at the Mount.
  • For students in programs with 20.0 or more required units, “with distinction” will be assessed in the last ten (10.0) units of study taken at the Mount.
  • The calculation of “with distinction” will include courses taken by letter of permission, the highest grade obtained in repeated courses, and any courses for which failed grades were obtained.
  • For students in a Bermuda College “in association with” program, the calculation will be based on all courses taken at the Mount, including approved “cross-listed” Bermuda College courses.
  • Transfer credits awarded for work completed elsewhere prior to being admitted to Mount Saint Vincent University will be not counted towards honours at graduation, nor will courses taken while participating in exchange programs.

▸ Graduating with a Diploma in Business
A student receiving a Business diploma may be awarded “with distinction” under the following conditions:

  • A cumulative GPA of at least 3.50 is obtained in the last 8.0 units of study taken at the Mount.
  • The 6.5 required business courses at the 2000 or higher level must be included in the 8.0 units.
  • The calculation of “with distinction” will include courses taken by letter of permission, the highest grade obtained in repeated courses, and any courses for which failed grades were obtained.
  • Transfer credits awarded for work completed elsewhere prior to being admitted to Mount Saint Vincent University will be not counted towards honours at graduation, nor will courses taken while participating in exchange programs.
     
    The notation “With Distinction” will appear on the transcript.

▸ Graduating with First-Class Honours
A student may graduate with first-class honours under the following conditions:

  • For honours degrees, first-class honours will be awarded to students who obtain a minimum GPA of 3.50 or better in the last ten (10.0) units in the honours subject and no grade below B- in all courses beyond the first 5.0 units taken at the Mount.
  • The calculation of “with first-class honours” will include courses taken by letter of permission, the highest grade obtained in repeated courses, and any courses for which failed grades were obtained.
  • Transfer credits awarded for work completed elsewhere prior to being admitted to Mount Saint Vincent University will be not counted towards honours at graduation, nor will courses taken while participating in exchange programs.

The notation “First-Class Honours” will appear on the transcript.

2.2.31.3 Participation in Convocation Ceremonies

Students who wish to participate in the formal ceremonies of convocation do so at the ceremony immediately following completion of the academic requirements for their credential. Students who do not wish to participate in convocation ceremonies may receive their credential in absentia by so informing the Registrar's Office. Information on the ceremonies and the in absentia alternative are automatically sent to students who file an Application to Graduate form with the Registrar's Office and are requested to complete the Notice of Attendance form.

When financial arrears prevent students from graduating, they become eligible to participate fully in the next scheduled convocation ceremony following their full payment of fees owed. Students wishing to do this should contact the Registrar’s Office as soon as their debt is cleared.


This web-based calendar information is applicable for the 2018-2019 academic year which runs from September 01, 2018 to August 31, 2019.

For the complete 2018-2019 Academic Calendars, please consult the PDF versions of the Undergraduate Academic Calendar and Graduate Academic Calendars.

 

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