Conferral of a Penn State degree is the most important milestone in a student's academic career. Every effort should be made to confer the degree accurately and on time. Occasionally, a student's degree is not conferred at the end of the semester in which he or she completed their academic work. In the vast majority of cases, the appropriate action is to re-enroll the student for graduation in the upcoming semester.

If, however, the withholding of a degree was due to an administrative error made by the University, a request may be made to confer the degree retroactively. The student's college dean must submit a request in writing to the University Registrar which must include:

Following approval of the request by the University Registrar, the Registrar's office will:

Approved: ACUE (2-3-11)

The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. Please consult a Penn State academic adviser for more detailed information. Penn State is an affirmative action, equal opportunity university.