Degree Application

Fredonia awards degrees four times each year. 

  • Spring (May)
  • Fall (December)
  • Summer (August)
  • J-Term (January)

A student who expects to earn a degree for a given term or session must submit the Application for Degree form by the established deadline (see deadlines below). 

Are you ready to apply for your degree?

  • Have you checked DEGREE WORKS and met with your advisor to make sure all requirements will be satisfied by the semester you're applying for? 
  • Have you met all University Level Degree Requirements, or applied for waivers is applicable?  
    • 120 total earned hours (not waivable) 
    • 45 credits at the upper-level? 
    • 2.0 or above GPA?  (not waivable) 
    • 66 credits outside the discipline? (BA and BS degree programs)
  • Graduate students should visit:  Graduate Degree Requirements

Please follow steps below to ensure correct submission and processing of your application:

  • Check Your Connection and Degree Works to verify all declared majors and minors are accurate.  Please be sure to include each of your declared Major(s) and Minor(s) on one form. (Specializations or concentrations WITHIN YOUR MAJOR do not require applications.)  If any changes need to be made, please visit for instructions on how to add/delete majors or minors.  
  • Download form from link below and save it as a PDF to your desktop
  • This will then open in Adobe and allow you to fill out the text boxes
  • Save it upon completion
  • Email the attached PDF to by the February deadline for inclusion in the commencement program

Application for Degree Form 

If you are completing your degree requirements in J-term, Spring, Summer or Fall of the following year, but you would like to participate in this years commencement ceremony, you will have to appeal to participate.  

Appeal to Participate in Commencement

If you have further questions or comments regarding the degree application process, please call the Registrar's Office, 716-673-3171.


J-Term 2024:      January 19, 2024 

Spring 2024:       May 18, 2024

Summer 2024:    August 1, 2024 (tentative) 

Fall 2024:            December 20, 2024  

If you plan on having your degree conferred in Spring, Summer or Fall of 2024, please have your application submitted by the Spring 2024 deadline.

  • J-Term 2024
    • Friday, January 12, 2024
  • Spring 2024
    • Friday, February 2, 2024
  • Summer 2024 
    • Friday, June 14, 2024 (if not participating in May commencement ceremony)
  • Fall 2024 
    • Wednesday, September 4, 2024 (if not participating in May commencement ceremony)

Approximately two weeks after submitting your degree application to the Registrar’s Office, please check your “Student Academic Transcript” in Your Connection. Under the “Degrees Awarded” heading, you’ll see Undergraduate Pending and the type of degree (Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, etc.). If you do not see the “Degrees Awarded” field, your application has not been processed.  If you do not see this posted in Your Connection after two weeks, please contact our office immediately.  

how to view in your connection

Some students will complete two major programs, but in most cases will only earn one degree. Fredonia students wishing to earn two separate degrees concurrently (Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Art for example) must complete a minimum of 150 semester hours and complete the requirements for the two degrees during the semester in which they have applied for graduation. See the link to the university catalog below for more information.

  • The diploma(s) will only display:
    • the earned DEGREE TYPE
    • any earned Latin Honors 
    • the degree conferral date (semester and year) 
      • Specific major, minor and concentration (curriculum) information is not displayed on the Diploma. Curriculum information is stored and displayed as part of the academic transcript
  • Diplomas will be ordered after the majority of the current degree audit is completed
  • The initial diploma will be mailed directly to the student at the address indicated on the degree application and there is no fee
    • Approximate dates:
      • May diplomas - mailed by August 30th
        August diplomas - mailed by October 30th
        December diplomas - mailed by February 28th
  • Please click here for more information on ordering additional/replacement diplomas
  • There is NO fee to apply for your degree
  • Degree conferral consists of extensive degree audits by the academic departments and our office after final grades have been submitted following each semester.  
  • The commencement program honors those students who were eligible to earn their degree for any conferral date throughout the year, and is only published in May.  
  • For information about commencement ceremonies and planning guides, visit the commencement web site.
  • When your degree is awarded, you will be able to see it in Your Connection and on your Academic Transcript.  If you need proof of your degree conferral before diplomas are issued, please order an official transcript and indicate "hold for posting of degree"   
  • Diploma information

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