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College of Human Ecology

Graduation Process

The graduation process begins the moment you enroll in your first college course. It is a journey that takes four to five years depending on your major requirements. If you have two majors, a secondary major, a minor, or a certificate, it may take longer. There are specific Kansas Board of Regents, Kansas State University, and College of Human Ecology policies and regulations that must also be met. These requirements are contained within your degree program. If you take courses from another institution to meet your K-State degree requirements, be sure to check with your advisor before you enroll to make sure the course(s) meet degree requirements and other policies and regulations.


Kansas Board of Regents Requirements
  • Up to half of the credits required for a four-year degree may be completed at an accredited two-year institution. If your program requires 120 hours, then you can take 60 credit hours from a two-year institution. If your program requires 124 or more hours, then you can take a maximum of 62 credit hours from a two-year institution.
  • A minimum of 45 hours must be taken at the course level of 300 or above (i.e., junior level and higher).
Kansas State University Requirements
  • Each student must complete at least 30 K-State resident credits to be considered for a degree from K-State. In resident refers to course completed at the Manhattan campus, Salina campus or through K-State Global Campus.
  • A student must complete 20 of the last 30 hours of resident credits through K-State. In other words, no more than 10 hours of transfer credit hours may be applied toward the last 30 hours you take for your degree.
  • Completion of the K-State 8 requirements. K-State 8 can be met by both K-State and transfer courses.
College of Human Ecology Requirements
  • The college requires a 'C' or higher in all "Professional Studies" courses. Some programs have higher requirements.
  • A minimum of 30 hours of College of Human Ecology specific courses must be completed. This may include transfer courses ONLY if they are equivalent. Refer to the transfer equivalency page to make sure, or consult your advisor.

Graduation Check

Three semesters (approximately 85 hours completed) prior to graduation, a graduation check is performed by the dean's office. This check is done to ensure that all requirements will be met so you can graduate at the time you desire.

Ultimately, a student is responsible for assuring their plans, goals and accomplishments are met, especially fulfilling all of the requirements of the curriculum in which they are enrolled. It is important to work closely with your advisor during your final semesters.

Applying for Graduation

Students apply for graduation at the beginning of the semester they intend to graduate. The process is fairly simple and only takes a few minutes. Students must apply for graduation online, through their student KSIS account, for all majors, minors and/or secondary majors with which they plan to graduate.

The dates to apply for graduation are listed on the official academic calendar. If you have already submitted your graduation application, and now need to change your application to a different term, please contact the dean's office.

  • If you have any questions regarding university degree requirements, please refer to the academic catalog.
  • If you have submitted your graduation application, but now need to change your diploma name or diploma address, you may do so through your KSIS Student Center (see how-to update your diploma name and/or your diploma address).

If you have questions after viewing the presentations and KSIS (see below), please contact the dean's office at 785-532-5500 or stop by 119 Justin Hall (8:00 a.m. - noon, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday).


The graduation application generally opens two weeks prior to the start of the semester. For the exact date consult the university academic calendar. The last date to apply is the end of the fourth week of classes for the term. Exact dates are given for each semester in the dean's office graduation presentations (pdf).


An instruction presentation (pdf) is available for you before you go into KSIS to apply. The presentations address how to apply for graduation, information on scholastic honors, and general commencement ceremony information. Additional information is also contained on the Registrar's Office website.

Complete Commencement Information (Location, Time, Apparel, Line up, etc.)

Awards and Honors

Prior to commencement each semester, the college celebrates its outstanding senior undergraduates at the College of Human Ecology Commencement Graduation Honors and Student Awards Celebration. The invited students are those who will be receiving university scholastic honors or who have been chosen as student commencement speaker or outstanding seniors by their program. The college's events coordinator will notify students receiving awards at least four weeks prior to the event to allow them time to notify their guests. All questions about the presentation should be directed to the events coordinator at 785-532-5500.