Detailed graduation information is available on the Office of the Registrar website. This information includes important deadlines and eligibility requirements. Students should review this information carefully to ensure successful completion of the graduation process.
Kettering University awards degrees at the conclusion of each term; summer, fall, winter and spring.

Application to Graduate

Graduation is not automatic upon completion of requirements. All students are required to complete and submit an Application to Graduate to the Office of the Registrar.

Mailing Address and Email

It is the student’s responsibility to have a current mailing address on record in the Office of the Registrar and to regularly check their Kettering email. Important notifications and information are frequently sent via U.S. mail and email.

Graduation Requirements

In order for a graduate degree to be awarded and verified by the Office of the Registrar, the following requirements must be satisfied:
  • Successfully complete all prescribed courses within the six- (6) year limit. A student who anticipates not meeting the time limit must notify the Graduate Office at least six (6) months prior to the expiration of the six- (6) year limit.
  • Achieve a final cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.
  • Successful completion of departmental outcome assessment activities. Students in the Department of Business (MBA, MSEM, MSOM degrees) are required to participate in the ETS Major Field Test at the conclusion of their studies. Contact the Department of Business for more information.


Financial Obligations

Diplomas and transcripts are withheld until the student has satisfied all financial obligations with the University.

Final Degree Verification Letter

A final letter is sent to the student when all requirements for graduation are met. Final letters will not be issued until all grades for the graduating term are submitted and posted to the student’s record.


Diplomas are mailed (to graduates who have completed all requirements) approximately 6-8 weeks after their graduation date. Diplomas are not considered official proof of graduation. For proof of graduation, students must request an official transcript. Diplomas and transcripts are withheld if the student has outstanding debt with the University.

Degree Completion for Inactive Students with Coursework Remaining

Inactive students who wish to return to Kettering University must contact the Registrar’s Office for assistance. After ensuring there are no outstanding financial obligations to the university, the Registrar will refer such students to the appropriate Academic Department Head or Discipline Chair to develop a plan of study. The final plan will be filed in the departmental office and in the student’s permanent file in the Registrar’s Office. These students will be subject to meeting the requirements for degrees in effect at the time of readmission.


Commencement is the formal ceremony which recognizes and celebrates graduates and graduation candidates. At Kettering University, commencement is held annually at the conclusion of the spring term. Refer to the published academic calendar for the date of commencement. Detailed information including eligibility requirements is available on the Office of the Registrar website.
Questions: Contact the Office of the Registrar

Key Contacts

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