Graduation Certification Office

Graduation Certification Office

The Graduation Certification Office is responsible for certifying that Franklin College candidates for graduation have met all requirements for graduation before earning their bachelors degree. Additionally, this office provides undergraduates with academic advising during their final two years of academic study which is designed as an optional supplement to their primary departmental advisement.

Graduation Certification Information

What is graduation certification?

Graduation certification is the process by which undergraduate students in the Franklin College are reviewed and cleared to graduate. This is done by a graduation advisor without any action on the part of the students, at the conclusion of the semester the student is tentatively scheduled to graduate.

What is a grad check?

A grad check is an optional appointment with an advisor to discuss any academic questions a student may have. A comprehensive checklist of remaining graduation requirements will be given to the student. Optionally, a student may request an "e-grad check", and a comprehensive checklist of remaining requirements will be sent to the student electronically.

Students are not cleared for registration by their graduation advisor.

To schedule an appointment for a grad check, visit http://appoint.franklin.uga.edu

To request an e-grad check, call the Graduation Certification Office at 706 542-1522, or come to our office in 130 Memorial Hall.

Is a grad check required?

No, it is not required. But you are encouraged to get a graduation check within one to two semester of your intended graduation date.

Who is the graduation advisor for my major?

Majors and associated Graduation Advisor

Majors Graduation Advisor
African-American Studies Schala Bolton
Anthropology Schala Bolton
Arabic Schala Bolton
Art Rita Free
Art History Rita Free 
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Melissa Wallace
Biology Katherine Hudgins Field
Cellular Biology Melissa Wallace
Chemistry Melissa Wallace
Chinese Language and Literature Katherine Hudgins Field
Classical Culture Greg Kline
Cognitive Science Greg Kline
Communication Studies Harriett Gunter
Comparative Literature Katherine Hudgins Field
Computer Science Greg Kline
Criminal Justice Studies Schala Bolton
Dance Rita Free
Economics Schala Bolton
English Melissa Wallace
Film Studies Rita Free
French Greg Kline
Genetics Melissa Wallace
Geography Melissa Wallace
Geology Melissa Wallace
German Katherine Hudgins Field
Germanic and Slavic Languages Katherine Hudgins Field
Greek Greg Kline
History Schala Bolton
Interdisciplinary Studies Rita Free
Italian Greg Kline
Japanese Language and Literature Katherine Hudgins Field
Latin Greg Kline
Latin American and Caribbean Studies Greg Kline
Linguistics Rita Free
Mathematics Greg Kline
Microbiology Melissa Wallace
Music Rita Free
Philosophy Harriett Gunter
Physics Melissa Wallace
Physics and Astronomy Melissa Wallace
Plant Biology Melissa Wallace
Psychology Harriett Gunter
Religion Schala Bolton
Romance Languages Greg Kline
Russian Katherine Hudgins Field
Sociology Schala Bolton
Spanish Greg Kline
Statistics Greg Kline
Studio Art Rita Free
Theatre Rita Free
Women's Studies Schala Bolton

How should I prepare for my grad check?

Check with your departmental advisor as to whether it is mandatory for you to turn in a “major checklist” to our office. This is not a current print-out of your degree audit, but rather a unique list, letter, or check sheet written by your advisor which lists major requirements and the courses being used to satisfy them.

Each department handles this differently. Your departmental advisor should know the departmental procedure.

Graduation Date

How can I find out what my graduation date is?

  • Degree Works
  • OASIS
  • Academic Advisor
  • Graduation Advisor

Does my graduation date need to be accurate?

Yes. It is important for the graduation certification process, as well as Financial Aid, that your tentative graduation date is accurate.

How do I update my graduation date?

You can update the academic term in which you expect to complete your degree requirements via OASIS if you are nearing graduation. In this case, the Registration Main Menu will include "Check Degree Program/Graduation" as an option. After choosing this option, you can view your graduation data and select the academic term in which you expect to complete your degree requirements.

Registration Main Menu arrow Check Degree Program arrow select the academic term

If your graduation date is listed as the current term and needs to be changed to a future term OR if your graduation date is listed as a future term and needs to be changed to the current term, you will need to email your graduation advisor.

Other

Graduating with a dual-degree

If you are completing dual-degrees (ex. AB & BS or AB & BSED, etc.), you should contact each of your departmental advisors and graduation advisors to verify requirements for each degree.

Minors

Minors are certified by the department offering the minor. A Minor Completion Form must be delivered to the Graduation Certification Office prior to your graduation.

FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974)

FERPA is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of students' education records. FERPA authorizes the release of “Directory Information” without a student’s prior written consent under certain conditions set forth in the Act. "Directory information" is information contained in an education record of a student which would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed.

Directory information includes:

  • Student’s name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Email
  • Major/Fields of study
  • Dates of attendance
  • Degrees and awards received

Students who wish torestrict access to their directory information may do so, but this restriction may prevent a student's name from being included in the Commencement program. Students may add or remove the FERPA restriction from the "Change Address Information" page on OASIS

Student Records Main Menu arrow Change Address Information arrow restrict all directory information

 

Commencement

Where do I find information about commencement?

A commencement ceremony is held at the end of each semester. Commencement details are handled by the Registrar’s Office http://commencement.uga.edu/ You can view information on the both current and future commencements.

Will my name appear in the commencement program?

Your name is scheduled to appear in the commencement program for the term you are expected to graduate. See How do I update my graduation date? for more information on this.

Will I be graduating with honors?

Graduating seniors will be recommended for graduation with honors on the basis of their overall grade point average for all college-level work attempted.

Honors designations are:
    Summa cum laude 3.90
    Magna cum laude 3.70
    Cum laude 3.50

Diplomas

Diplomas are normally mailed within 6 to 8 weeks after the official graduation date. For more information regarding your diploma, go to http://www.reg.uga.edu/graduation/diplomas. Diplomas are NOT given out at the commencement ceremony.

Questions?

You should contact your graduation advisor or you may email askgco {at} uga dt edu

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Graduation Check

grad·check \grad ‘chek\ noun 1: an optional appointment with an advisor to discuss any graduation questions a student may have.  2: a comprehensive checklist of remaining graduation requirements (given to students either electronically or in person).

To schedule an appointment for a grad check, visit http://appoint.franklin.uga.edu

To request an electronic version of a grad check, call the Graduation Certification Office at 706 542-1522, or come to our office in 130 Memorial Hall.

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