Graduate Information

Honors and Diplomas

Graduation Honors Designations

Kean University proudly recognizes students who have consistently demonstrated outstanding academic achievement. Those who meet the following criteria are eligible to receive a gold tassel and participate in the Commencement ceremony with honors:

  • Maintain an overall cumulative G.P.A. of 3.45 or higher.
  • Complete a minimum of 45 semester hours at Kean (excluding credits earned on a pass/fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis) by the end of the fall semester of senior year.

Honors are divided into three categories according to grade-point average, as follows:

- Summa cum laude 3.85 to 4.00
- Magna cum laude 3.65 to 3.84
- Cum laude 3.45 to 3.64

Those designated by the Office of the Registrar as eligible to participate in Commencement with honors may pick up their gold tassels during cap and gown distribution at the University Center.

Note: The posting of honors designations on diplomas, transcripts, and other student records is based on the FINAL cumulative G.P.A. which includes the fall semester for January candidates, spring semester for May candidates, and Summer Sessions I and II for August candidates.

Honors Convocation

The Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs will hold the Honors Convocation for all seniors graduating with honors on Friday, April 25, 2014, at 3:30 p.m. in the Harwood Aren. The Convocation is by invitation only.

In order to be invited to this special ceremony, you must meet the requirements listed under Graduation Honors Designations. Please contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 908-737-7030 if you have any questions.

Diploma pick-up dates

If you have met your academic requirements and have no outstanding financial obligations, the Office of the Registrar will notify you in writing when your diploma is ready to be picked up.
A courtesy copy of the Kean University transcript indicating the degree conferred will be included with each diploma. If you wish to have someone else pick up the diploma, that person must present written authorization with your signature.

Diplomas sent via mail

If you wish to have your diploma mailed, please submit a written request to the graduation evaluation department in the Office of the Registrar. Diploma covers will not be mailed but will be distributed at the commencement ceremony on May 22, 2014, and will be available for pick up at the Office of the Registrar.


Undergraduate degree students who have also applied for New Jersey state teacher certification will receive their certificates via mail from the Department of Education, Office of Licensing and Credentials.

For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar at 908-737-3290.