31 current member of the SARA agreement in the State of Texas. Hardin-Simmons University lists all states on our website that are part of the SARA agreement affording HSU permission to enroll students from these states in online coursework. We are working closely with non-SARA participating states to receive authorization. What This Means Before accepting enrollments from students residing in a non-SARA state, HSU must be in compliance with the distance learning regulations of the states in which students reside while enrolled. Some states require universities to seek approval before enrolling their residents, and the approval processes can be expensive and time intensive. What Hardin-Simmons University Is Doing HSU continues to work to obtain authorization from other non-SARA states. However, due to authorization and review processes associated with some states, we may be limited in our ability to accept some distance learning course enrollments. Please visit our website at www.hsutx.edu/online/ o r contact the Provost Office, (325) 670-1210 to inquire about the current status of your state with regard to this USDOE state authorization requirement. Depending on the status of your state of residence regarding this requirement, HSU may notify you that you are not eligible to register for HSU distance education courses. In this case, Hardin- Simmons University will provide assistance in finding alternatives. C OMPLETION Graduation Requirements Graduation requirements are found under the curriculum heading of each program. Thesis 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 The deadline for filing Diploma Cards in the Registrar’s Office is listed in the Academic Calendar in the front of this catalog. Students filing a diploma card after this date will be charged a late fee. The student should inform the Program Director if his/her graduation date changes. 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 ceremony.