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Graduating with Your Degree

Degree Conferral

Degree conferral (i.e. graduating with your degree) and the commencement ceremony originate out of separate offices. Individual paperwork, commencement registration, and a graduation contract, are required for each, respective office. Commencement registration is completed through Marketing, Communications, and Community Relations and graduation contracts are processed through the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Contract

Graduation contracts need to be turned into the Registrar’s Office for a student to be considered eligible for degree conferral.

For the 2023-2024 academic year, the graduation contract due dates are as follows:

Fall 2023 September 15, 2023
Spring 2024 February 9, 2024
Summer 2024 June 7, 2024
  • Graduation Contracts for Fall and Spring semesters are due no later than the fourth week of the graduating term.

  • Graduation Contracts for Summer semester are due no later than the third week of the 12-week summer session of the graduating term.

Graduation Contracts received after the submission deadline will be assessed a $25.00 fee. The fee is payable through the Cashier’s Office.

Students unable to complete degree requirements within the University deadlines will be required to submit a new Graduation Contract to the Registrar’s Office in order to establish a new tentative degree conferral date.

Graduation with University Honors

There are three levels of University (baccalaureate degree only) scholastic honors at graduation: summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude. A minimum of 60 semester credits for all catalogs must be earned at CSU Pueblo for a student to be considered for these honors. Remedial courses, credit within Academic Renewal, and credit by examination cannot be included in the required 60 semester credits.

Honors Levels & Requirements:

Summa Cum Laude

A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.900 is required.  

Magna Cum Laude

A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.750 is required.

Cum Laude 

A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.500 is required.

Honors will be announced at the commencement ceremony for those who may reasonably anticipate them; however, this is not a guarantee of receiving honors. The reading of cum laude status for degree candidates is based on the grade point averages achieved at the beginning of the student’s final term. The official honor awarded, based on the final grade point average and hours earned in residence, will be noted on the student’s diploma and transcript.


Diplomas are dated and awarded to graduating students each semester or session (Fall, Spring, and Summer) upon graduation clearance of each student.

The Commencement date or the last day of the corresponding term is the date recorded on diplomas and transcripts for all students fulfilling degree requirements within a degree granting period. The diploma is imprinted with the name of the degree awarded and the student’s major(s). Minors, emphases, tracks, specializations, and concentrations are not printed on the diploma.

Diplomas will be mailed to graduates approximately ten to twelve weeks after the end of the term in which the degree is conferred.  All accounts with Colorado State University Pueblo must be paid in full and reflect a zero balance before a diploma will be awarded. Replacement diplomas may be issued upon signed request from the original holder. Please check with the Registrar’s Office for current diploma replacement fees.

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