Congratulations! Your college student has worked hard, you’ve stood by and supported him, and he’s almost made it to the finish line. Commencement is around the corner. But what if he’s almost there, but not quite? Does that mean that participating in graduation ceremonies is out of the question? Or that he’ll need to wait another year? The answer is — that depends. It depends on what your student still has left to do, and it depends on the college or university policy.
Each college establishes its own policy regarding who may participate in commencement ceremonies. Some institutions will allow students to participate if they are within a very few credits of completion, and other schools will not allow students to participate until they have completed all requirements. In some cases, it may depend on how soon the next ceremony may be. Schools that have only one graduation ceremony a year, rather than an additional summer or winter ceremony, may be more willing to allow a student to participate if he is close to finishing. Most likely, a student would need to be within three to six credits of completing his degree.