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All holds must be cleared from students’ records before the diploma and final transcript can be released. Holds include any financial obligation to the university including basic fees, parking tickets, library and health center commitments, and telecommunication bills. Any course with a grade of Incomplete, Research in Progress, or X must be changed to a letter grade before the degree can be granted. Official transcripts for final credits taken at another four-year institution must be received and recorded on the graduate's BU transcript. Education majors must comply with all PDE requirements. All transfer credits, X, I, or R Grades, and all outstanding requirements must be completed 30 days from the date grades are posted in order to have your degree granted for the Fall semester. If the requirements are not completed in the 30 days, students will need to reapply to graduate in the next semester.
Graduates can expect to receive their diploma and final academic record by the end of January. Graduates must please carefully check through their final transcript and report any discrepancies to the Graduation Coordinator within 30 days of the record date, which is found in the upper right hand corner of the transcript. If discrepancies are not addressed within the time allotted, the transcript will be considered complete and accurate. Graduates who do not attend the ceremony may obtain a diploma cover in the Registrar's office or by contacting Nicole Lederer for mailing arrangements. The diploma will be mailed to the graduate's home address unless otherwise specified.
Photographs at Graduation
Island Photography will email proofs and cost to purchase the photographs of graduates that will be taken as the diploma cover is received and another off stage posed photo. Payment in advance is not necessary in order to view proofs. If you do not receive your proofs or have questions, contact Island Photography at 800-869-0908 or visit the website for assistance.
Second Baccalaureate Degree
An individual can earn a second baccalaureate degree upon earning a minimum of 150 credits and the completion of all major requirements for two programs of study. This can be achieved in one of three ways:
- By completing the two programs at Bloomsburg University simultaneously;
- After having been awarded a baccalaureate at Bloomsburg University by completing a second program of study and additional credits to total at least 150 credit hours earned at Bloomsburg University;
- After having been awarded a baccalaureate degree at another accredited college or university by completing a second program of study and at least 30 additional credit hours at Bloomsburg University.
If a particular course is required in both degree programs, it cannot be credited as part of the 30 semester hours requirement for completion of the second degree.
Courses used to meet program of study requirements are subject to review by the department after an interval of five years. In particular, after five years a student may be required to repeat courses in the program of study or not be allowed to apply previously completed courses toward the program of study for the second degree.
Applications for teacher certification are online through Teacher Information Management Systems (TIMS). Graduates may contact Angela McCabe, Teacher Certification Coordinator, College of Education, McCormick Room 3103C, at 570-389-5128 or by email for assistance with the online application process. All required testing for respective certification areas must have been successfully completed and passed before the application can be submitted. The application can only be submitted on the first day of the month that the degree will be granted.
Anticipated processing time for applications on campus is two weeks and 6 – 8 weeks in Harrisburg. For detailed information about certification and required testing, visit the following websites:
Barring any holds on students' records, a final, unofficial transcript that can be copied, along with your diploma, will be sent to the legal address of the graduates approximately six weeks or less after all grades have been reported.
Requests for Official Transcripts must be processed from your ISIS account, under other academic, choose TRANSCRIPT: REQUEST OFFICIAL. Indicate "hold for degree" on the request, and the official transcript will be mailed after the degree has been granted. There is no fee for this service. Students can no longer pick up transcripts in the Registrar's office. All transcripts must be mailed.
Voter Registration Cancellation
If you are currently registered to vote in Columbia County and know that you will be moving from the area after graduation, you must cancel you registration in Columbia County and re-register at your new address. The appropriate form is available in local libraries and post offices.
Distribution of The Obiter yearbook, which includes December, May and August graduates, is free to all graduates and will be sent in the Fall semester following commencement. Questions regarding the yearbook and senior pictures should be directed to Dawn Ritter, 570-389-4465.