- All degree requirements must be satisfactorily completed.
- A minimum of 120 credits (except for Aerospace Engineers who required a minimum of 124 credits) are required to graduate.
- Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and within your engineering major is required.
- The final 30 credits must be completed on campus, unless prior Dean's approval is received.
- All courses being used towards the degree must be taken for a letter grade.
- Students will not be allowed to graduate with any 'I' (Incompletes) or 'NG's (No-Grades) regardless if the course is being used to satisfy degree requirements.
- If completing a minor along with a major, both the minor and major must be completed at the same time before the degree information will be posted. Students cannot complete the major, be awarded the degree and then return to finish the minor in a later semester/term.
Submit Graduation Application form on TESTUDO no later than the last day of schedule adjustment of the semester in which you plan to graduate.
Note: Students are no longer required to submit Graduation Worksheet, receipt of Senior Survey or u.Achive audit.
- The UA&AS Office will begin the process of reviewing all graduation candidate files.
- The college will contact students if there is any issue that needs to be resolved prior to graduation.
- Students will receive email notification about the Engineering Commencement Ceremony or students can visit the Engineering Commencement Ceremony page to RSVP attendance to the Clark School of Engineering Commencement Ceremony and view additional information regarding the Engineering Commencement event .
- Students can visit the University Commencement page for additional information about participating in the campus-wide commencement ceremony.
Request to Walk in the Engineering Commencement Ceremony
If degree requirements will not be complete at the end of the semester, but you would like to participate in the ceremony for that semester, then you need to submit a Request to Participate in Engineering Commencement Ceremony form found under Forms and Requests.
- To walk in the fall commencement ceremony, you must be registered to complete your final 4 credits or less during the following winter term. Though you may be permitted to walk in the fall commencement ceremony, you will officially be a spring graduate.
- To walk in the spring commencement ceremony, you must be registered to complete your final 7 credits or less during the following summer term. Though you may be permitted to walk in the spring commencement ceremony, you will officially be a summer graduate.
- Requests to walk in either the fall or spring commencement ceremony must be received two weeks prior to the ceremony.
Steps to follow when requesting a Commissioning Letter:
- If a student needs a letter to confirm that an engineering degree will be awarded before final grades are submitted in order to participate in a commissioning ceremony, the student should inform every instructor of this situation at the beginning of the final semester.
- At least one week prior to the commissioning ceremony, students must obtain a letter (or email) from every instructor confirming that the student will pass the course with a C- or better. Again, a letter must be obtained from every instructor regardless of how the course satisfies degree and/or university requirements.
- Submit the grade confirmation letters (or emails) to Mary Bell in the Undergraduate Advising & Academic Support Office for processing.
- If a student has been given a Degree Clearance/Completion of Graduation Requirements form from their branch of service to complete, this form can be completed by the UA & AS Office too as long as letters confirming passage of every course with a grade of C- or better are provided.
Additional information about graduation regalia can be found at Commencement Ceremony.
Due to the effects that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our academic calendar and ability to hold in-person classes, the University of Maryland and many other institutions in the country have shifted to a Pass/Fail grading method for the Spring 2020 semester. As a result, the A. James Clark School of Engineering will be accepting a grade of “P” for all major & minor requirements completed during the Spring 2020 semester.
Below are FAQs designed to help students better understand the implications of this change on their graduation degree clearance process. If you have any questions not addressed here, please contact us at email@example.com for assistance.
Will a mark of “P” (pass) suffice for a major(s) or a minor(s) course?
Yes. The requirement for a C-minus or better in major, concentration, minor, and General Education courses will be waived for the Spring 2020 semester. This means that all final graduation clearance reviews will accept a mark of “P” in any major, minor & General Education courses if a student does not elect to opt-in to receiving a letter grade.
Are graduating students still required to obtain a minimum of a 2.0 GPA to graduate?
Yes. Whether or not students opt-in to receive letter grades for courses or receive P/F grades for the spring 2020 term, a final GPA of 2.0 is required for graduation. As a reminder, all letter grades and grades of Fail are calculated into the GPA. The passing grade, or P, is not calculated into the GPA.
Are graduating students still required to earn a minimum of 120 credits (124 credits for Aerospace Engineering students) for graduation?
Yes. Students are still required to earn a total of 120 credits (124 credits for Aerospace Engineering). Any student who receives P grades (or passing grades) will receive the credits towards their total degree credits.
How will having pass/fail grades impact Latin honors calculations (cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude) at graduation?
Generally, to be eligible for Latin Honors, at least 60 semester hours must be earned at the University or at a program in which credit is counted as University of Maryland, College Park resident credit. Additionally, no more than 6 credits taken pass/fail or satisfactory/fail grade modes shall count toward the 60-hour minimum. However, the following guidelines have been adjusted to accommodate Spring 2020 P/F grading. Any student who needs the spring 2020 term to meet the 60 UMD credit minimum will not be penalized for the campus’ decision to move to Pass/Fail grading.
- Courses taken P/F during spring 2020 will not count against the 6 credit limit of P/F credits towards this requirement.
NOTE: Courses that a student was registered for with P/F prior to this change in grading, will still count toward this 6 credit limit.
What if I am a graduating undergraduate student registered for a graduate class?
Undergraduate students taking graduate classes will be under the graduate school grading policy. All graduate courses in spring 2020 will be graded satisfactory/fail (S/F) unless the student elects to receive an earned grade for the course. If a graduating undergraduate student is taking a graduate level course for undergraduate credit or as part of the BS/MS departmental program, the S grade will satisfy the undergraduate graduation requirement. Students will earn graduate credit with an S but not with an F. An S does not contribute to a student's GPA, but an F does.
I am taking a course at another institution needed to satisfy degree requirements during my last semester. What if the other institution has adopted a P/F grading option? Will UMD still apply the coursework towards degree requirements?
If the other institution has adopted a P/F grading method for the Spring 2020 semester, UMD will accept a P towards the graduation degree requirements.
What if I need a graduation confirmation letter for commissioning purposes for a military branch of service?
If a student needs a letter to confirm that an engineering degree will be awarded before final grades are submitted in order to participate in a commissioning ceremony, complete the following steps:
- Students must obtain a letter (or email) from every Spring 2020 instructor confirming that the student will pass the course with a P grade or with a C- or better regular letter grade.
- Submit the grade confirmation letters (or emails) to Mary Bell (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Undergraduate Advising & Academic Support Office for processing.
- Provide the confirmation of passage letters (or emails) at least one week prior to the scheduled commissioning ceremony.
If a student has been given a Degree Clearance/Completion of Graduation Requirements form from their branch of service to complete, this form can be completed electronically as long as letters confirming passage of every course were submitted. Send the branch of service form to Mary Bell at email@example.com for processing.