Time Limits for Completion of Degrees
order to ensure that a degree, when granted, represents education that
is reasonably focused (not acquired a little at a time over an
unreasonably long period of time) and current, requirements for a degree
must normally represent credit earned within a certain period of time.
This period includes any credit earned elsewhere and applied to the
degree, as well as all credit earned at Fuller. Time limits for
completion are listed along with the requirements for each degree or
certificate in the various sections of this catalog.
The prescribed course of study as outlined in the curriculum for each degree program must be satisfactorily completed.
order to graduate it is required that a student be in good academic
standing as defined earlier in this section of the catalog. Some
programs have higher standards which apply. These are described in the
appropriate sections of this catalog and in the student handbooks for
the three schools and the various degree programs.
responsible for meeting the graduation requirements set forth in the
catalog published at the time of their matriculation for the degree
which they are seeking. Students who change programs are responsible for
meeting the graduation requirements in effect when they request the
change. Students who do not register for a period of more than two years
(eight quarters) must apply for reinstatement and are subject to the
graduation requirements in effect at the time of their reinstatement.
addition to academic requirements for graduation, students must receive
the endorsement of the faculty responsible for the degree program in
which they are enrolled that they have acted responsibly in attempting
to live in accord with standards of wholesome Christian character and
with the general standards of the institution, as well as those of the
particular program in which they are involved.
It is also
necessary for students to present a satisfactory clearance of accounts
prior to graduation. Students who have not made satisfactory financial
arrangements will not have access to any student services, including
transcripts, degree checks, diploma, transfer, or enrollment for another
Students anticipating graduation must complete an
Application for Graduation. This should be done at the time of the
advising appointment for registration for the quarter prior to the
student's final quarter (i.e. , two quarters before the intended
graduation date). Applications must be submitted no later than March 1
in order to be included in that year's Commencement activities in any
way. Students who for any reason do not complete their degree
requirements within the quarter for which they apply must reapply for
In order to qualify for graduation in a given quarter,
all work must be completed and all requirements met by the official
graduation date for that quarter. Classes which do not end within the
quarter do not qualify for graduation in that quarter. Work completed
under Incompletes and Holds applies to graduation in the quarter in
which it is actually completed, not the quarter in which the course was
Degrees are recorded quarterly. The last day of
the quarter as indicated by the academic calendar is considered to be
the official date of graduation.
Baccalaureate and Commencement exercises are held in Pasadena at the
end of the Spring Quarter. Commencement exercises are also held at most
regional campuses. Students who have graduated in the most recent
Summer, Fall or Winter quarters and have not already attended
Commencement are invited to participate, as are those who apply for
graduation in the current Spring Quarter. The deadline for applying for
graduation in order to participate in Commencement is March 1. Students
who expect to graduate at the end of the Summer Quarter may also
participate, subject to certain limitations (see below). Participation
in Commencement exercises is not equivalent to the conferral of the
degree, which is official only when faculty approval has been given, the
Registrar's Office has determined that all academic requirements have
been met, and satisfactory financial arrangements have been made.
Special Commencement Participation Policies.
A special policy permits master's-level students who have no more than
20 units of course work (not to include theses or dissertations,
qualifying exams, etc.) to complete during the Summer quarter to
participate in the June Commencement exercises. The deadline for
application is March 1. Special conditions apply. Copies of the policy
may be obtained from the Registrar's Office and academic advising