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Graduation Requirements

Graduation requirements are found under the curriculum heading of each program.


The student whose program requires a thesis must register for Thesis after receiving approval from

his/her graduate advisor. The student’s committee approves the thesis topic and supervises the

writing. Programs differ on style and requirements. Students must follow all guidelines for the

thesis set by both the department/program and the Office of Graduate Studies. A thesis preparation

guide is available from the Office of Graduate Studies.

After beginning work on the thesis, continuous enrollment in Thesis or Thesis Renewal is required

for all fall and spring semesters until the thesis is completed and accepted by the Office of Graduate

Studies. Summer enrollment is required if the student anticipates working on the thesis or

completing his/her thesis during either summer term. The student must meet all departmental and

Office of Graduate Studies deadlines and requirements. A thesis processing fee is assessed.

Diploma Card

In the semester of intended graduation, students must file a diploma card with the Registrar’s office

by the appropriate deadline. This must be done in person or online. The deadline for filing diploma

cards is listed in the Academic Calendar in the front of this catalog. Students filing a diploma card

after this date will be charged a $ 25 late fee.

Participation in Graduation Exercises

All candidates for degrees are requested to participate in the commencement ceremony. Candidates

must be enrolled in all courses required to complete the degree, including Thesis and Thesis

Renewal (if applicable). Incomplete grades must be completed by the deadlines of April 15 (May

graduation) and November 15 (December graduation). Students with any graduation requirements

not completed by these dates will be excluded from walking at their respective graduation


Financial Obligations to the University

Students are required to settle all accounts in a manner satisfactory to the university controller

before a diploma will be awarded.




The Rupert and Pauline Richardson Library and the Smith Music Library serve as resource centers

for the educational program by providing the materials, databases, and services necessary to

support the curriculum of the University. The libraries maintain a robust website with databases,

print and e-books, subject guides, contact information and service hours easily available:

Librarians, who have extensive professional expertise, are available at the Information Desk, by

phone 325-671-2151, by live-person-chat, by text, and via email.


The Hardin-Simmons University Libraries’ online catalog and databases are available 24/7 from

the university webpage. The library’s discovery tool

Research Roundup

! simplifies searching by

providing a one-step process. The library contains approximately 262,000 volumes in hard copy,

90,000 e-books, 20,000 media items and subscribes to hundreds of print journals, more than 40,000