Prior to the fall semester, the Undergraduate Division academic advisors conduct a rising-senior audit. Students should review their official academic planning worksheets through Penn InTouch and follow up with their assigned academic advisor with any questions, concerns or changes in regard to degree requirements.
While advisors are available to provide guidance, students are responsible for understanding and fulfilling degree requirements and should inform an advisor in the Wharton Undergraduate Division of any changes. Failure to do so may result in delaying graduation.
The following must be completed and documented on your official record in order to graduate:
- All course requirements (Single-degree students must have a minimum of 37 course units distributed as specified in your official academic planning worksheet and the Wharton Undergraduate Student Handbook. All dual-degree students must meet the requirements as specified in their respective curricula.)
- Declared concentration
- Foreign language requirement
- Course waivers (e.g., Economics, OIDD 101)
- Advanced standing (AP, IB, or “A” level work), transfer, and/or study abroad credits
- Approved petitions
In addition, you must have achieved the required grade point averages (GPA) as specified below. There is no rounding up.
- A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA overall
- A minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA in your four concentration courses*
* If you have two concentrations and have at least a 2.5 in one concentration but not the other, you will graduate with the concentration in which you have earned at least a 2.5. If you have one concentration and have not earned at least a 2.5 in the concentration, you will not be awarded a degree.
Seniors in the final semester of their undergraduate program may be designated as part time if they need 2.5 CUs or fewer to fulfill their degree requirements. To learn more about procedures and deadlines for declaring part-time status, visit the Part-Time Status for Seniors page.
Concentrations and Minors
It is your responsibility to make sure that your concentrations and any minors are posted accurately and in a timely fashion.
Students completing a minor, must declare by the end of the Course Selection Period in their last semester of study.
All grading must be completed in order to be granted your degree. You cannot have any open grades on your transcript—no incompletes (I), NR, GR, etc. Once your degree has been conferred and posted, no changes to the transcript will be permitted.
Candidates with the College, Engineering, or Nursing are strongly advised to consult with both schools in which they are enrolled regarding graduation policies and procedures, remaining degree requirements, etc.
Dual-degree students must complete the requirements of both schools in order to graduate.
Graduation honors are based on cumulative GPA at the time of graduation.
Students are required to verify their diploma name when they complete the diploma application. Information will be emailed to students in the fall semester. Please refer to The Office of the University Secretary for all information regarding diplomas and diploma name.
Complete the diploma application
In order to graduate and receive a diploma, candidates for December 2020 must submit the online diploma application form by December 10 and May and August 2021 candidates must submit the form by January 20, 2021.
As part of the diploma application, you must enter your name as you wish it to appear on your diploma. After the deadline, absolutely no changes to your diploma name will be permitted. If you fail to enter a diploma name by the deadline, we will use the name that appears in Penn InTouch. Dual-degree students must enter the same diploma name for both schools.
Registration for the Wharton Graduation Ceremony will be done separately during the spring semester. Deadlines will be posted on the Undergrad Inside calendar.
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Wharton Graduation Ceremony: The School will host an “All-Wharton” virtual ceremony on Sunday, May 16, 2021. Details for the ceremony will be announced soon (general information can be found on the Wharton Graduation FAQ page). In the meantime, seniors must complete this form by Thursday, April 1 to confirm or decline their participation in the Wharton Graduation Ceremony. The form will allow students to populate their graduation slides and record their names to be announced during the graduation roll call.
The University of Pennsylvania’s 265th Commencement ceremony will take place on Monday, May 17, 2021.