Completing the Program

Petition to Graduate

Students interested in graduating, should discuss readiness with their advisor.  Readiness is based on completion of degree requirements, and other variables such as religious leadership formation, or thesis defense.

As part of their Petition to Graduate, students will write a letter explaining why they feel ready to graduate and a Final Threshold Assessment describing their competency in each threshold.  If they wish, students may submit an update of their Threshold Assessment to satisfy this requirement.  In either case, the assessment must be an in-depth qualitative reflection, not simply a listing of courses taken.

Students will also need to submit an Updated Portfolio Packet with their Petition to Graduate.

Advisors will review students’ Final Threshold Assessment, Updated Portfolio Packet, and Petition to Graduate cover letter with their advisees.  Students wishing to graduate in December must submit their Petition to Graduate materials to the Assistant to the Dean of Faculty, Peter Olandt (polandt@sksm.edu) by September 20.  Students wishing to graduate in May must hand in their Petition to Graduate materials to the Assistant to the Dean of Faculty, Peter Olandt (polandt@sksm.edu) by January 20th.

The faculty votes to award the degree.  The Starr King School Board, at its spring meeting, votes to confer the degree.

The advisor notifies the student of the outcome of the faculty vote along with any provisos. Students who need units from the semester in which they are graduating can expect to receive a copy of their diploma at graduation until such time as the degree requirements can be verified.