Applying for a degree

If you are an undergraduate or graduate student close to completing your final program requirements, you will receive an email invitation to apply for program completion in Workday. You are eligible to apply for your degree if you will complete all course requirements within one semester after Spring commencement (i.e. completing December 2024 and planning to walk in May 2024 commencement). To apply to graduate in Workday, please see the instructions here. Make sure your degree and program is listed correctly prior to applying (instructions for changing your program can be found here). You will not be able to make changes to your program once you apply for completion. If you need to change your program after applying for completion, please email the Office of the Registrar for assistance (

Graduation audit

You will receive a graduation audit after applying for degree completion. This will highlight any outstanding requirements that need to be completed before degree conferral. Please read it carefully and respond to any questions. An email will be sent to you once this is completed with instructions on finding your audit in Workday. If you do not receive an audit by the semester before you graduate, please contact us.

Commencement ceremony

Information about the spring commencement ceremony is available on the commencement website. Grad Salute is mandatory for all graduating seniors and recommended for local Master's program students. Spring semester off-campus program participants are not required, and information will be emailed to your Calvin email address.

“Walking” before degree completion

If you have no more than one semester to complete after the spring term, you may walk in the ceremony. All other students are expected to participate in the following year's ceremony.

Degree requirements

You must complete:

  • 124 semester hours
  • Your major(s)/minor(s) requirements
  • Your core requirements
  • A 2.0 GPA overall and in your major*
  • A minimum of four upper level major courses and thirty out of the last sixty semester hours must be completed at Calvin

Unless they are required for your major or minor, you will not be able to count more than:

  • 5 semester hours of physical education (PER)
  • 8 semester hours in applied music and/or drama
  • 12 semester hours as internship and/or independent study

For a second degree, you must contact the Registrar's Office to add both degrees to your academic record. You must complete all requirements for the second degree and accumulate a minimum of 145 semester hours. Example: Completing a Bachelor of Science degree, as well as completing additional requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree requires 145 semester hours. In order to receive two degrees, they must be of two distinct types (BS, BA, BSW, BSE, BFA, etc.)

*Some programs require more semester hours or a 2.5 major GPA; check the catalog for specifics about your major.