Graduation Law and Legal Definition

Graduation is the formal act signifying the completion of a course of study at an educational institution. Typically, a ceremony is held and graduating students receive diplomas.

Graduation is governed by various federal, state, and local laws, which vary by jurisdiction and school. Requirements may include, among other items, minimum credits, grade point average, attendance, examinations, internship or apprenticeship. Some schools have established graduation fees. For example, Florida has passed a law allowing early graduation. Students who maintain a grade point average of 3.5 and earn a "B" in all required classes would be allowed to graduate in three years.