Graduation and Commencement


See The St. Olaf Curriculum, Graduate Requirements, and Degrees

Degree Completion

In January students who anticipate completing all degree requirements during that calendar year must submit a graduation application to the Registrar's Office through SIS.

Senior Audit

In the fall, the Registrar's Office conducts a review for each senior. Seniors who will not meet the requirements stated for membership in the graduating class (see Academic Status) are notified that they have been removed from the list of graduating seniors and will be re-classed. Seniors should be cautious about changing registration during the senior year. Any change that brings a senior below the stated requirements results in the student being dropped from the graduating class.

Past experience leads the college to believe that seniors should be cautious about taking courses S/U. A "U" designation does not carry credit and will not be changed to another type of grade for graduation credit at a later date. In most cases, an "S" grade does not fulfill a general education requirement.  See General Education Requirements for more details.


A diploma is issued to each member of the graduating class at Commencement under the following conditions:

  1. All requirements for the Baccalaureate degree have been successfully completed. 
  2. The recipient has no outstanding financial obligations to the college.

There is a fee for replacing a diploma.