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College of Liberal Arts

College of Liberal Arts students graduate three times during the academic year at the end of the spring, summer, and fall terms, upon completion of all degree requirements. 

December graduates should attend the Grad Fair in the Fall and Spring graduates should attend the Grad Finale in the Spring to place orders for cap & gown, secure guest tickets, confirm the name for the diploma, and preview graduation memorabilia and announcements offered by Jostens Inc. Email notifications about these events are sent to students' Rollins email.


Graduation Date


 December 31


 Every 2nd Sunday in May
(Mother's Day)


 August 31

Petition to Graduate

Students typically file the petition to graduate two semesters prior to their intended graduation date and no later than registration for the student’s final semester of enrollment.  The graduation petition is open each spring and fall semester approximately 2-3 weeks prior to the start of registration based on the number of completed credit hours. 

Spring (May) graduates should file the petition to graduate in the spring the year before their intended graduation.

Fall (December) and summer (August) graduates should file the petition to graduate in the fall semester the year before their intended graduation.

Students who miss the deadline to file the petition will have graduation deferred to the next available date.

Review of petitions occurs at the start of the student’s semester of intended graduation.  Students will be notified via email if their petition is approved or denied.   

Steps to Take:

  • Review the College Catalog. The catalog provides detailed information on academic requirements, residency, GPA, semester hour credits, and other clarification.
  • Meet with your Academic Advisor and/or the Senior Advisor, Mae Fitchett,, to review your DegreeWorks audit and verify requirements are being satisfied.
  • Ensure that all outstanding transcripts from other institutions for study abroad or transfer credit have been received and courses assessed on your record. It is the student's responsibility to request transcripts be sent TO Rollins College FROM other institutions attended.
  • File a Petition to Graduate through FoxLink once a review of your DegreeWorks audit is completed.

 AMP Petitioners:

If you plan to apply to the Crummer School of Business to begin Crummer classes for the Fall term of your senior year while at the College of Liberal Arts, you must file the Petition to Graduate in the prior Spring of your junior year, probably around the same time you apply formally to Crummer.
The date of graduation you will indicate on the petition form is the last term you will be an undergraduate student while attending Crummer.  This is typically the second term of Crummer courses in the Spring term. You will be awarded the undergraduate degree and may attend Commencement while still enrolled and taking Crummer graduate courses.
You will then finish your Crummer program as a Crummer student and are eligible to attend the Crummer Commencement to receive the MBA diploma.  If you have questions please contact Tres Loch, Director of Business Advising, .
Note to students planning to Study Abroad: If you plan to study abroad within two terms prior to graduation, including summer, a Petition to Graduate must be filed prior to leaving. 

If the Study Abroad term is the graduating term, be aware that if official grades are not received prior to the intended graduation date then graduation will be deferred to the next available graduation date.

Summer Graduates

Eligibility for Commencement Participation

Students who petition to graduate in Summer must be in good standing and able to complete degree requirements in 8 credit hours or less in the summer term by August 31.

Students must submit a verifiable plan for completing outstanding requirements and appropriate registration or transfer credit approval as part of their Petition to Participate.

The Petition to March form will be sent electronically, by request, to students who have petitioned to graduate, are eligible to participate in commencement, and will finish degree requirements during the summer.  The form must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar by March 31.  To request the form please schedule a meeting with the Senior Advisor, Mae Fitchett at

Honors Awarded

The following honors will be notated on the transcript and in the Commencement Program for both artium baccalaureus honoris and artium baccalaureus students who meet requirements.


The required GPA for the honors distinction is as follows:

  • Cum Laude (with honor): 3.5 - 3.69
  • Magna Cum Laude (with great honor): 3.7 - 3.89
  • Summa Cum Laude (with highest honor): 3.9 - 4.0


Honors in the Major Field provides for independent research or special study during the senior year under the supervision of a three-member committee in the student's major. Satisfactory performance on an approved thesis or individual project, oral examination, and maintenance of the averages below qualifies a student for Honors in the Major Field, which is shown on the student's official academic transcript. To be eligible for Honors in the Major Field, students must:

  • Achieve a minimum overall GPA of "C+" (2.33) for all courses at Rollins.
  • Achieve a minimum overall GPA of "B+" (3.33) for all courses taken in the major at Rollins.
  • Receive endorsement of the committee for participation in the program.


Candidates for the ABH Degree must:

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA average of 3.33 to continue in the program and earn the degree.
  • Earn a grade of "B" or better for a two-term Honors in the Major Field project.
  • Latin honors will also be awarded based on the cumulative GPA with the same numerical criteria as the rest of the College.

Diploma Information

Diploma Information