earlham college graduation

Last Updated on August 28, 2023

earlham college in earlham, indiana, has an annual graduation rate of 97%. every year, families across the country are planning their vacations around this special event. some even hold off on buying plane tickets until they can make it to the graduation. are you one of them?


On May 22, 2021, we celebrated the Class of 2021 — an extraordinary and resilient group of undergraduate and graduate students who are poised to make a positive difference in the world.

Below, you can view photos and videos from the commencement ceremony and learn more about the accomplishments of the Class of 2021.

You can also view the baccalaureate page to learn about this beloved Earlham tradition and read manuscripts of past baccalaureate addresses.Watch the recordingSnapshot of the Class of 2021

Graduation requirements

December graduates | Conduct | Declaring a major | Declaring a minor

To graduate from Earlham College with the Bachelor of Arts degree, students must

  • Complete a total of 120 academic semester credits and the Wellness Requirement (including transferred credits; see below)
  • Complete all general education requirements (See General Education Requirements)
  • Complete 36 upper-level semester credits (courses numbered 300 and above)
  • Meet the expected requirements of an academic major
    (The above requirements may overlap)
  • Complete a course designated as a Writing Intensive and a Research course.
  • Achieve a minimum four-year cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better
  • Achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the major field
  • Complete two full years of academic work (four semesters) and 64 academic credits within the Earlham curriculum. (This defines Earlham’s residency requirement for transfer students.)
  • Be in good academic standing prior to degree being awarded. Given that, an Earlham degree will not be awarded to a student on final probation in their eighth semester.

December graduates

Seniors who plan to complete their degree by December of an academic year must be within 16 credit hours of degree completion. The student must submit a petition to the Registrar outlining a plan of completion with approval from their academic adviser prior to March 1 of the intended year of completion.

Students completing credits for the Earlham degree by transferring work may transfer only less than a semester of credits, and need to have met the residency requirement and to be in good academic standing as defined by the Academic Advisory Committee. Therefore, students on Probation or Final Probation cannot complete their degree by transfer work. Requests for exceptions to this policy may be submitted to the Office of Academic Affairs.

Conduct and the Earlham degree

An Earlham degree testifies not only to a student’s academic accomplishments, but to a student’s good conduct. The College may refuse the degree to a student who, despite completing all academic requirements for the degree, has demonstrated willful disregard for Earlham’s social policies, as described in Principles and Practices. Students who are charged with violating a College policy (whether academic or social), or a law, should expect that the degree may be withheld until all appropriate judicial processes have been completed.

Declaring a major

  • Students are required to file a declaration of major at the Registrar’s Office no later than the end of their fourth semester; transfer students must declare a major after earning 58 credits. Regular majors require approval from the department and the Registrar. Interdepartmental majors require approval of each participating department and the Registrar.
  • Each major will have a course designated as writing intensive and research. This requirement for graduation ensures that every student learns to write and conduct research within their chosen field of study.
  • Students must declare a division at the time of identifying a major to identify courses to be counted toward the Minimum Elective Requirement.
  • Earlham allows students to apply for an independent, self-designed major. Petitions for such majors are considered by the Curricular Policy Committee and are evaluated on these considerations: whether the proposed major is intellectually coherent, whether it is feasible, and whether it is sufficiently different from available, curricular options. Please see petition for details and deadlines.
  • Students who fail to declare their majors by the end of the fourth semester are fined $25. If the major is not filed by the end of the fifth semester, a $50 fine will be assessed; if not filed by the end of the sixth semester, a $100 fine will be assessed each semester thereafter. It is essential for students to declare their majors in a timely manner to ensure that all courses required for the major are available as well as to assist in planning for senior capstone experiences, comprehensive examinations, internships, research and off-campus study opportunities.

Declaring a minor

Students who plan to declare a minor must have declared their major and submitted the form to the Registrar’s Office for approval. Please review each of the requirements with the Academic Department or Program. Earlham allows students to apply for an independent, self-designed minor. With departmental approval, the minor must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office for approval by the end of the mid-semester break of the Spring Semester of the Senior year.

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Tuition and costs

We recognize cost is a key factor in college decisions for many families—that’s why we do everything we can to make Earlham affordable to all students. In fact, more than 95 percent of Earlham students receive some form of financial aid. We’re consistently ranked a “Best Value” college by The Princeton Review because of our commitment to providing a distinctive, nationally ranked liberal arts education at an affordable price.Billing and paymentsAid disbursement and appealsTax planning


Earlham College Costs 2022-23
Estimated Expenses for Domestic Students
Books and supplies$1,000
Personal expenses$1,043
Estimated Expenses for International Students
Books and supplies$1,000
Personal expenses$1,043
Health insurance$1,188

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