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Graduation Requirements

If you are a Graduate student, please click here for your graduation requirements.

Undergraduate Degree Requirements

Longwood awards the bachelor's degree to students who have fulfilled the following requirements:

  • Completion of all study required in one of the six degree programs offered. (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Nursing or Bachelor of Music).
  • Completion of 120 semester hours of credit for graduation in major programs unless otherwise noted for a major degree program.
  • A minimum average of C (grade point average of 2.0) on all work taken at Longwood and a minimum average of C (grade point average of 2.0) in those courses constituting the major subjects or field. These are minimum requirements; some programs may require higher levels of achievement. By definition, the major subject or field consists of all courses listed as "major requirements" in the major program curriculum plus all additional courses taken in the same discipline as the major, except those courses which may be specifically excluded by the major department. Students choosing to minor in a field of study must have a 2.0 GPA in courses in that field of study.
  • All students will earn a grade of "C-" or better in at least two writing-intensive courses beyond courses required for General Education in Goals 1-11 and 13.
  • All students will earn a grade of "C-" or better in at least two speaking-intensive courses beyond courses required for General Education in Goals 1-11 and 13.
  • A minimum of 25 percent of the degree credit must be earned at Longwood University.
  • At least 30 credit hours at the upper level must be earned at Longwood University. (Exceptions: A. Biology majors with a concentration in Medical Technology, pre-physical therapy, pre-medicine, pre-dentistry or pre-veterinary medicine who take 300-400 level courses at affiliated institutions will be allowed to count that course work toward fulfilling the 30 hours upper-level graduation requirement; B. students who participate in international exchange programs may request an exception to the 30 hour upper-level graduation requirement. Exceptions must be approved in writing by the student’s college dean prior to the study abroad.)
  • Not more than 14 hours of credit by correspondence.
  • Approval of the individual by the general faculty as a candidate for graduation.
  • A formal Application for Degree. File an application for degree in the Office of the Registrar no later than the completion of 75 credit hours.



Application to Walk in Commencement for Non-Graduates

**Notice** Students who are completing all of their requirements in May are NOT required to complete this form.

Students who will have one course or 7 or less credits remaining may apply to participate in commencement.  Please submit the Commencement Participation Application to be considered for participation in the May ceremony. The application must be complete with all required documentation attached at the time of submission. To have your name appear in the commencement brochure, your application must be received by the Office of the Registrar, Barlow Hall no later than 5pm on April 7.



It is solely the responsibility of the candidate for graduation to meet all of the listed requirements, including the completion of 120 semester hours unless otherwise noted for that major degree program.



Graduating students will receive their diplomas by mail within eight weeks.  Graduates will retain access to MyLongwood until 30 days after graduation.  They will retain access to their live.longwood.edu email indefinitely.


Graduation Honors

Those students who have earned 57 or more hours at Longwood and whose general averages for all Longwood credits offered for a degree are 3.35 or above are graduated with the following honors:

  • Cum Laude -- 3.35-3.54
  • Magna Cum Laude -- 3.55-3.74
  • Summa Cum Laude -- 3.75-4.00

Longwood also recognizes graduating seniors who have successfully completed an honors program in a specialized academic area.



Have questions? FAQ's

Information about the Commencement Ceremonies may be found at www.longwood.edu/commencement.