Countdown to Commencement

GWSB Seniors: are you on track for graduation?

Step #1: submit your Application for Graduation on time!

If you are planning to graduate in December 2014:
  • complete the online Graduation Application by Wednesday, October 1, in order to avoid a late fee.
  • if you complete your application by Friday, September 12, your GWSB advisor will review your academic record by September 19 (the end of the Fall 2014 add/drop period) and will notify you if any problems are identified with your fall schedule and completion of your degree requirements.
If you are planning to graduate in May 2015:
  • complete the online Graduation Application by Sunday, February 1, 2015,  in order to avoid a late fee.
  • if you complete your application by Monday, December 1, 2014, your GWSB advisor will review your academic record by February 6, 2015, (the end of the Spring 2015 add/drop period) and will notify you if any problems are identified with your spring schedule and completion of your degree requirements.
If you are planning to graduate in August 2015:
  • complete the online Graduation Application by March 15, 2015, if you plan to participate in the May Commencement activities or by July 1, 2015, in order to avoid a late fee.
  • if you complete your application by Monday, December 1, 2014, your GWSB advisor will review your academic record by February 6, 2015, (the end of the Spring 2015 add/drop period) and will notify you if any problems are identified with your spring schedule and completion of your degree requirements.

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Step #2: review your DegreeMAP worksheet ASAP to see if you are on track to complete all degree requirements.

Directions for logging into DegreeMAP can be found here.  Once logged into your Worksheet, click here for specifics you should review:
A. Are your degree, major/concentration, & minor information correct?
This is found in the first section where your name & GPA are listed. If your degree or concentration are incorrect/incomplete, contact your GWSB advisor ASAP; until this is corrected, you cannot accurately complete Item B below.  If you are still planning to declare a Minor, use the Minor Field Application and meet with the appropriate faculty member in your minor department to complete it; turn the signed form into the GWSB Advising Center.
B. Which requirements do you still need to complete?
- Degree requirements highlighted in Blue are classes “in progress”; this will include your Fall 2014 classes, as well as any classes that are missing final grades from previous semesters.  If you have missing grades or Incompletes, you should contact your professor ASAP to resolve your grade.
- Degree requirements highlighted in Red are classes that still need to be completed in order for you to graduate (ie – in Spring 2015 if you are planning to graduate in May 2015).  Make a list of the requirements in Red: will you be able to complete all of them in one semester (ie – is the total 18 credits or less)?  Have you completed all pre-req’s for remaining classes? (Refer to the Bulletin for pre-req info.)  If you think that something highlighted in Red is incorrect, refer to Recommendation #3 below.
C. Are you taking any classes this fall that are NOT fulfilling requirements?
Scroll down to the end of your Worksheet.  Any classes (past or present) that do not fulfill degree requirements will be listed in a category called “Fallthrough Courses,” which appears just below the School of Business Electives.  If you have questions about anything listed in Fallthrough, refer to Recommendation #3 below.
D. If you studied abroad, are your abroad credits showing up on your record?
If your abroad credits have been applied to your GW record, they will be listed in your DegreeMAP worksheet.  If you don’t see them, you should have received information from the Office for Study Abroad about possible missing course approvals or transcripts.  If you have questions about abroad credits, contact the Advising Center to set up an appointment with a GWSB Study Abroad advisor; review of abroad credit situations will NOT be available during Express Advising or via email.
E. Are you on track to earn a cumulative GPA that is 2.0 or higher and a major GPA that is 2.0 or higher?
GWSB students must earn a 2.0 GPA or higher, both overall and in their major courses.  Your cumulative GPA is found at the top of your DegreeMAP worksheet.  Your major GPA is listed in the “Bachelor of Business Administration GPA Block” for BBA students and in the “Major in Accountancy” block for BAccy students.

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Step #3: when in doubt, schedule an appointment with your GWSB advisor!

Completion of degree requirements is your responsibility as a student, and the Advising Team is here to serve as a resource if you have questions about those requirements.  Advising is NOT available via email, but we would be glad to talk with you in person during a scheduled appointment.  Not sure who your advisor is?  Refer to our staff listing.  Scheduling an appointment is easy: stop by the Advising Center in Duques 456 or call 202.994.7027.

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