Message from the Dean

Dean Schrum

Dr. Kimberly Durham

Please accept FCE’s congratulations on your completing your program of study.  I hope you will join us in marking this event by attending the commencement ceremony.  Contrary to popular thought, commencement does not mean the end of something; rather it means the beginning of a new chapter in your professional life. We are proud to have participated in your journey and know that over the past few years you have established a relationship with Nova Southeastern University. 

I personally want to encourage your continuing involvement with the Fischler College of Education; we want you to let us know where you are working and about exciting events in your life.  Together we can work collaboratively in enhancing our respective professional commitments.

Participation Requirements

All Undergraduate Programs (A.A. and B.S.)

Must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Completion of at least 120 credits, including major, minor, general education, specialization, concentration, exams, and electives coursework, as specified by program requirements.
  2. Attainment of program’s required cumulative and major area grade point average (GPA).
  3. Completion, at NSU, of at least 30 credits (not including CLEP, proficiency examinations, nor prior experiential learning credits).
  4. Completion of at least 50 percent of the credits in the major area at NSU (not including CLEP, proficiency examinations, nor prior experiential learning credits).
  5. Submission of a degree application form and payment of the diploma fee, preferably no later than the last semester.

Students scheduled to complete their degree program during the summer may petition to participate in Commencement by completing the following steps:

  1. Students must register for the final eight (or fewer) credits required for the degree (not to exceed two courses) in the summer semester immediately following the undergraduate commencement.
  2. Students must already meet the GPA requirements for degree conferral (major and overall) in addition to meeting all curriculum requirements.
  3. Students must submit a request for review to the Undergraduate Academic Advising Center (UAAC) at ugadvising@nova.edu.
  4. Academic Advising staff will conduct a comprehensive review of the student’s degree requirements (Cumulative GPA, Major GPA, and number of credits/courses in summer registration).
  5. If the student meets the criteria, the UAAC will add the student to the Commencement list and e-mail them approving the petition.
  6. If the student does not meet the criteria, the UAAC will inform the student that the request is not supported.

Master's Degree (M.A., M.S.)

Must satisfy all NSU and Fischler College requirements including degree conferral prior to June 1 of the same year. Students not conferred prior to June 1 of the same year, but who are scheduled to have all course work completed by the end of the summer semester of the same year (i.e., students must be currently enrolled in the last two courses [maximum of 9 credits] for degree completion) may petition to participate in the commencement ceremony).

Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S.)

Must satisfy all NSU and Fischler College requirements including degree conferral prior to June 1 of the same year. Students not conferred prior to June 1 of the same year, but who are scheduled to have all course work completed by the end of the summer semester of the same year (i.e., students must be currently enrolled in the last two courses [maximum of 9 credits] for degree completion) may petition to participate in the commencement ceremony.

Doctoral Degree (Ed.D.)

Must satisfy all NSU and Fischler College requirements including degree conferral prior to June 1 of the same year. Students not conferred prior to June 1 of the same year must have a Final Applied Dissertation Report approved for content and/or in Format Review prior to June 1 of the same year may petition to participate in the commencement ceremony.

Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.)

Must satisfy all NSU and Fischler College requirements including degree conferral prior to June 1 of the same year. Students not conferred prior to June 1 of the same year must have a Final Dissertation completed and/or oral defense scheduled or taken place prior to June 1 of the same year may petition to participate in the commencement ceremony.