Students who have signed FERPA holds will not appear on any of the lists or have information released to newspapers. If a student’s name does not appear on a list and the student thinks it should, please contact the office listed below that prepares the list.
Six weeks before the annual commencement date in May, the office of registration and records provides the office of university communications with a list of graduation candidates for the fall and spring semesters and summer session, along with information indicating each student’s degree(s), specialization in honors, and preliminary eligibility for scholastic honors. The list of graduation candidates will be sent to media the week of commencement.
The appearance of a student’s name as part of this list is based on his/her application for graduation and does not mean the student has fulfilled all graduation requirements, as final graduation checks have not been performed at this time. The official graduation list is not finalized until approximately three weeks following commencement.
Preliminary scholastic honors eligibility is based on a student’s grades at the end of the preceding semester. Final scholastic honors eligibility is updated based on final grading and is reflected on the student’s transcript and diploma.
Within two weeks after the close of each semester, the office of academic affairs provides the office of university communications with a list of students who have earned a spot on that semester’s Chancellor’s List or Dean’s List.
To qualify for the Chancellor’s List, students must have earned a 4.0 grade point average for 12 or more credit hours taken during the fall or spring semester. To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must have earned a 3.5 to 3.99 grade point average for 12 or more credit hours taken during the fall or spring semester.
For summer sessions, students must have earned a 4.0 grade point average for six or more credit hours taken during the session to qualify for the Chancellor’s List. Students who maintain a 3.5 to 3.99 grade point average for six or more hours are recognized in the Dean’s List.
Students who have earned Chancellor’s List or Dean’s List recognition will be included on the appropriate list and released to media approximately four weeks after the end of the semester or session.
“Hometown” Listed for Students
A student’s “hometown” is based on the “permanent address” listed for the student in Banner. If the student has changed his/her permanent address to West Plains, that will be the “hometown” shown on all lists.
Sending a Student’s Name to Other Newspapers
Students who have changed their permanent address to West Plains and would like their hometown newspapers to include their names on any lists the newspapers print should contact their hometown papers directly.
Parents or grandparents who would like their child’s or grandchild’s name to be included in an additional newspaper should contact the newspaper directly with the request.
Officials in the university communications office recommend parents and grandparents send a link of the release to the hometown newspaper with a request that the student’s name appear on the list. Most papers run lists within the first few weeks after receiving the information, so it is recommended that this contact occur as soon after the release of the list as possible.
Scholarship announcements are based on information provided by the student on a form sent to the student from the office of financial aid. Copies of the completed forms are provided to the office of university communications by financial aid officials periodically throughout the year and published within a few weeks of their receipt.
On these forms, students are given the option of having their scholarship information published and, if they choose to have it published, to which newspaper they wish to have the information sent.
Hometown newspaper information included on scholarship forms are for those scholarship announcements ONLY and is not used for the publication of graduation, chancellor’s or dean’s lists.