Senior Class Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I classify as a senior at Roanoke College?

To be classified as a senior, students must have earned 25 units of credit. 
 
 - To earn a bachelor’s degree, students must pass no fewer than 33 academic units (including at least one intensive learning experience) and two one-quarter units Health and Human Performance activities (or the equivalent) for a total of 33½ units. A minimum of 17 of the academic units (excluding physical education) must be earned at Roanoke College.

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 - Students must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in all courses.  In addition, students must meet the requirements for the Intellectual Inquiry Curriculum or the Honors Program Curriculum and for a major.  Students must earn a cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.0 in all core curriculum courses attempted  (Intellectual Inquiry or the Honors Program), as well as a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all courses attempted in a major.

What is Commencement?

Commencement is a ceremony during which degrees are conferred and diplomas are handed out by the President to those eligible to participate.

What happens at Commencement?

Are there any Commencement traditions?

Yes, there are several traditions and events that take place as part of Commencement. 

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What is the Senior Class Gift?

The Senior Class Gift is an opportunity for all graduating seniors to leave behind a lasting legacy. Just as seniors before you, your gift, when combined with your classmates, will help future Maroons for years to come. You can give anything from $5 to $20.21. Every gift counts! All seniors who make a gift will receive a senior donor ribbon to wear at Commencement.

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Why should I consider a Senior Class Gift?

You can support what is most important to you - the department, club, organization or athletic team that has made a difference to your Roanoke experience. Celebrate your class and being a Maroon by giving back and paying it forward.

What are Senior Parent Tributes?

These are messages from parents and families in honor of their graduating senior.  

How can my family submit a Senior Tribute?

How can I keep in touch with the College after graduation?

Once you graduate, you can update your personal information and find out more about our current alumni chapters by visiting our alumni page. 

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