Requirements for Graduation
Semester Hours and Quality Point
- A minimum of 120 credit hours of college credit must be completed for an undergraduate degree.
- A student must earn a quality point average or GPA of at least 2.00 for all college courses attempted.
- A student must have grades of "C" or better in all courses offered to fulfill the major requirements.
A candidate for graduation must earn, in residence, the last thirty (30) semester hours that are offered for the degree. Some instructional units have additional residency requirements.
A transfer student from another institution must (1) spend at least two semesters in full-time residence work; (2) secure credit in residence for at least 12 semester hours of upper division courses in his or her major and six hours of upper division courses in his or her minor or 18 semester credit hours at the junior/senior level for a composite major.
Graduation under a Particular Bulletin
Application for Graduation
Graduation with Honors
- The quality point average for all work taken in all colleges attended.
- The quality point average for all work taken at Texas Southern University.
- Summa Cum Laude is awarded to the candidate for graduation whose quality point average is 3.75 or above.
- Magna Cum Laude is awarded to the candidate for graduation whose quality point average is between 3.50 and 3.74 inclusive.
- Cum Laude is awarded to the candidate for graduation whose quality point average is between 3.25 and 3.49 inclusive.
Commencement exercises are held twice each year, during the months of December and May, for students who qualify for graduation from Texas Southern University. All such students are expected to participate in one of these two exercises, as deemed appropriate.
Commencement is a solemn and special occasion in the lives of students, and they are expected to behave in a manner commensurate with the magnitude of the occasion. While attending commencement exercises, students and their guests are expected to maintain decorum that is reasonable and befitting of a public event of special significance. Since commencement exercises are formal events, graduates are expected to abide by the University's policy on appropriate attire that is announced in advance of the ceremonies.