Graduation and Commencement
A Graduation Requirement Check is conducted in our office when you enroll in Block 1 or Block B. This enables you to carefully plan your last semesters so all degree requirements are met. Once the check is completed, you will be notified to check KSIS Degree Progress Report (DARS).
The Graduation Application must be submitted on-line through KSIS within the first four weeks of the semester in which you plan to graduate or during the first two weeks of the summer session. This application is used to check whether all degree requirements have been completed and is a necessary checkpoint before graduation.
To be eligible for Graduation Honors, a student must complete a minimum of 60 hours in residence, of which a minimum of 50 hours must be graded.
Seniors with an overall grade point average of 3.0 may take up to nine graduate credits. However, these credits cannot be applied toward an undergraduate degree.
As early as possible, you should be registered with the Career Center in order to obtain access to job listings, participate in on-campus interviews, and have your resume referred to employers. In addition to registering with the Career Center, you should be familiar with the services and resources they offer, including job search workshops (including resume writing, interview skill development, and dining etiquette), individual advising, school district/company information and application forms, and a wealth of other career library resources.
Commencement exercises are held at the end of the fall and spring semesters. You are strongly encouraged to participate. You may obtain information about commencement from the Registrar’s Office web site.
Students submitting a walk-through form (allowing them to participate in commencement, while not receiving a degree until a subsequent semester) must meet BOTH of the following criteria:
- Must be on track to graduate in August if participating in May commencement.
- Must have no more than six (6) hours remaining to fulfill all degree requirements.
Students who wish to participate in December commencement and have their degrees conferred the following semester will be approved by special permission only. Permission must be granted by the Director of the Center for Student Success and Professional Services.
Policy established 2-23-2015.
Completion of our program is partial fulfillment of KSDE’s requirements for a two-year initial license. In addition, the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) requires that all teachers pass the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) test and a subject assessment test in each content area for which they apply for licensure. Information about the test and passing scores can be found at ets.org/praxis/ks/requirements.
To receive a Kansas teaching license, those who have completed an appropriate teacher education program must submit an application for the initial teaching license through the Center for Student Success and Professional Services (13 Bluemont Hall, 532-5524). As an applicant for a Kansas teaching license, you should be aware that the application requests information on prior felonies and diversion agreements. Conviction of certain misdemeanors and all felonies may result in denial of licensure. Fingerprints and a KBI/FBI background check are also required upon application for an initial Kansas teaching license. Questions about this should be addressed to the university’s licensing officer in 13 Bluemont Hall.
The KSDE license application form should be submitted on-line AFTER December 1 for December graduates, AFTER May 1 for May graduates, and AFTER August 1 for summer graduates.
Note: Make sure your OFFICIAL Praxis II score report(s) have been submitted directly from ETS/Praxis to Kansas State University. You MUST have your official PLT and/or Content test score reports with passing scores submitted to Kansas State University DIRECTLY from ETS/Praxis BEFORE your application is accepted and processed. To verify your score report was submitted to K-State, look on your copy of the score report for the correct code. Check the "Score Recipient(s) Requested" box (on the left side). The Code # must be 6334 with the Score Recipient Name of Kansas State University. If the 6334 code is not listed, you must contact ETS/Praxis to have an official score report submitted directly to K-State showing passing scores for the PLT and/or Content test(s).
It is important to apply for a teaching license upon graduation, even though you may not plan to teach immediately or you may be moving to another state.
Delaying application for a Kansas license may result in the need to meet new test or coursework requirements at the time you do apply.