Graduation

Commencement Policy

Graduate Students

All degree requirements as outlined in the student's degree program must be 100% completed at the traditional end of the semester in order to participate in commencement and for conferral of the degree.

Undergraduate Students

The policy for allowing certain undergraduate students who have not completed all degree requirements to participate in Commencement exercises is:

  1. Undergraduate students who have not met all degree requirements will be eligible to participate in Commencement exercises only if all of the following are true:
    • At the end of D term, the student is within 1/3 unit of one activity in all requirements for graduation.
    • The student has completed at least 2 of the 3 WPI Project Requirements (Humanities and Arts Requirement, IQP, and MQP).
  2. Undergraduate students who meet these conditions will be permitted to participate in Commencement exercises but will not receive their diploma.  The names of such students will not be included in the Commencement program.  The actual degree will be conferred only after all degree requirements have been completed.
  3. Undergraduate students seeking an exception to this policy have the right to petition the Committee on Academic Operations for a waiver due to extenuating circumstances.  Petitions must be received no later than noon the Wednesday before Commencement Day.

Graduation with Honors - For Undergraduate Students Only

For all degree candidate students graduating from WPI after May 1, 2011, graduation honors will be determined as follows:

Graduation With High Distinction

An A or DIST grade on any four of the following:

  •  MQP
  •  IQP
  •  Sufficiency or Inquiry Seminar/Practicum
  •  Eight units of work registered at WPI (exclusive of PE and of the MQP, IQP and the SUFF/Independent Study component of the Sufficiency or Inquiry Seminar/Practicum component of the Humanities and Arts Requirement).

Graduation With Distinction

A grade of A or DIST on the following criteria:

  • MQP
  • IQP
  •  Sufficiency or Inquiry Seminar/Practicum
  •  Four units of work registered at WPI (exclusive of PE and of the MQP, IQP and the SUFF/Independent Study component of the Sufficiency or Inquiry Seminar/Practicum component of the Humanities and Arts Requirement).

or
a grade of A or DIST on the following criteria:

  •  Two of the three projects: MQP, IQP and the SUFF/ Independent Study component of the Sufficiency or Inquiry Seminar/Practicum
  •  Six units of work registered at WPI (exclusive of PE and of the MQP, IQP and the SUFF/Independent Study component of the Sufficiency or Inquiry Seminar/Practicum component of the Humanities and Arts Requirement).

For all degree candidate students graduating from WPI from May 1, 1986, to June 1, 2010, graduation honors will be determined as follows:

Graduation with High Distinction

An A or DIST grade on any four of the following:

  • MQP
  • IQP
  •  Sufficiency or Inquiry Seminar/Practicum
  •  Six units of work registered at WPI (exclusive of PE and of the MQP, IQP, or the SUFF/Independent Study component of the Sufficiency or Inquiry Seminar/Practicum component of the Humanities and Arts Requirement).

Graduation with Distinction

An A or DIST grade on any three of the above.

Honors for Double Majors

If a student completes two majors, the student is awarded a degree with "Distinction" or "High Distinction" if the student meets the criteria above in either or both majors; if both awards are received, the degree is awarded with "High Distinction."

A/C Term Completion

Undergraduate students completing 100% of WPI graduation requirements by the end of A-term or C-term will be eligible for a 50% reduction of tuition for the semester of completion.  Eligible students must complete the forms available in the Registrar’s Office and submit by the end of B-term (for C-term completion) or D-term (for A-term completion).  Students/responsible parties will be billed for the full semester and then will be refunded 50% of the tuition bill once the graduation requirements have been signed off and the student’s withdrawal has been officially processed.  Qualified students receiving financial aid from WPI will retain 50% of any WPI scholarship, and their loan eligibility will be reviewed on an individual basis.  Students living in WPI housing will still be financially responsible for paying the full semester’s worth of room and board.

 
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