Recognize Graduates with Pending Latin Honors at Graduation
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Distance Education students at Appalachian State University complete their degree at a local campus and take the same courses, with the same requirements and same professors as on campus students. The university makes numerous attempts to ensure that distance education students feel that they are an integrated part of the university. Many students, however, are finding that at graduation they will not be treated with this level of recognition and acceptance. Appalachian State University states that ""To be eligible for graduation with honors, an undergraduate student must complete, in residence at Appalachian, a minimum of either four semesters in full-time attendance (defined as twelve or more credit hours per semester), or a total of 58 semester hours. (Note: Credit for which a grade is not awarded will not be used in the determination of honors—e.g., APP, CLEP, credit by examination, credit for military service, credit for prior learning, etc.) A minimum grade-point average of 3.45 is required for graduating cum laude; a minimum grade-point average of 3.65 is required for graduating magna cum laude; and a minimum grade-point average of 3.85 is required for graduating summa cum laude" (ASU Undergraduate Bulletin, 2012, p. 51).
Most distance education programs are four semesters long and final grades are not posted until two days after graduation. Due to this, many students who have met all the requirements for honors will not receive any recognition for their achievements at graduation, because the university chose to hold graduation before final grades were posted and will not base the honors on the previous semesters and anticipated final grades. The university is considering revising the policy, recognizing the disappointment it causes, but refuses to make any compromise for this year's commencement ceremonies.
Please sign this petition and tell Appalachian State University that the hard work of students should be recognized, even if it means announcing the honors as "pending." Students' friends and family should hear that their loved one completed their coursework with high merits.
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