1) Application for Graduation: ALL students need to apply for graduation! Need to apply online via your SIS profile by selecting the term you are expected to complete all your graduation requirements. If you want your name to appear in the Commencement Program Book and on the Commencement website, you must “Apply for Graduation” by April 1, 2018.
2) Immersion Declaration: ALL students need to declare their immersion! You need to declare it online via your SIS profile. Make sure to check your transcript or SIS after a week to confirm that the declaration went through.
- a. All students need to declare an immersion in either Public Policy, Economics , International Relations or English.
- b. If you are graduating with a minor, you should declare the same immersion as your minor (i.e. minor in public policy, you declare your immersion in public policy).
- c. If you are graduating without a minor, you need to only declare the immersion you have selected.
- d. If you have declared your immersion wrongfully, then you should change it online via your SIS profile
3) Minor Authorization Form: Students planning to graduate with a minor are required to fill in a ‘Minor Authorization Form’. If you are not planning to graduate with a minor, then you need to make sure your academic advisor is informed. Instructions on how to fill in the form can be found in the RIT Kosovo forms. You can also find an example on how to fill it in and the form.
- a. Students graduating in May 2018 (2175) need to bring in the form by April 1, 2018, the latest. Forms brought in later run the risk of negatively affecting your certification (delay of your BS diploma).
4) Credit Requirements: You need to earn a minimum of 120 credits in order to be eligible for graduation. This does not mean that as soon as you earn 120 credits, you will graduate, as they have to be earned towards your academic program.
5) GPA: Your overall GPA needs to be 2.0 or above. Your GPA for your concentrations need to be 2.0 or above and your GPA for your minor needs to be 2.0 or above.
6) General Education Requirements (see page 27 of the bulletin): You need to complete all of the required courses within general education.
7) Concentration Requirements (see page 32 of the bulletin): You need to complete the required courses within your selected concentration (i.e. Management students must complete financial and managerial accounting to graduate). You need to earn a minimum of 20 semester credits for each concentration. You need to earn a GPA of 2.0 and above within your concentrations.
8) Minor Requirements: You need to complete the required courses within your selected minor (i.e. one cannot graduate with a minor in international relations without finishing introduction to international relations). You need to earn a minimum of 15 credits. You need to earn a GPA of 2.0 and above within your minor. If you are graduating without a minor, you will still need to take approximately five additional courses in order to fulfill the credit requirement, two arts and science electives and three courses towards an immersion.
9) Co-op Requirements: By the end of your senior year, you need to have successfully completed two co-ops of 400 hours each. Any delay in the submission of the forms or co-ops registered in the summer will result in a delay of your graduation.
10) Senior Capstone: The course, senior capstone is a mandatory course for the students in their final academic year. Students taking the honors capstone are exempt from taking the senior capstone.
11) Transfer Requirement: If you are transferring in courses, the official transcripts need to be brought in, minimum six months before your graduation date, if you want to be certified on time. Note that the transcripts need to be sealed in an envelope in order to be accepted.
12) Incompletes/Change of grades: All grades must be recorded and any outstanding Incomplete (“I”) grades or any change of grades must be resolved before the end of the term. Any delay can result in a postponement of your certification.
13) Residence Policy: A minimum of 30 credit hours shall be successfully completed in residence at the university in the college granting the degree (inclusive of service courses). If the student has successfully completed 30 credit hours in residence, a petition may be submitted to the dean to study 10 credit hours in absentia in the final year of the degree; at a minimum, 20 of the final 30 credit hours are to be completed in residence.
14) Graduation/Commencement Ceremony (page 70 of the bulletin): The commencement day will be held in May (more information will be provided throughout the spring semester). Please see the bulletin for the policy on graduation/commencement ceremony.
15) Diploma Mailing Address: Students who will be living outside of Kosovo and have a permanent address outside of Kosovo by May 2018 are recommended to change their diploma mailing address on their SIS profile to their permanent address. Students who will be living in Kosovo should have the RITK address listed as their mailing address:
RIT K, Gërmia Campus,
Dr. Shpëtim Robaj st. nn
Republic of Kosovo
*Diplomas will not be mailed to other addresses within Kosovo, only the RIT K address.
*Certification process: any delay in the above-mentioned steps will result in the certification being postponed by a semester.
Students are responsible for checking their SIS profile and making sure that all the requirements have been fulfilled.
If any of the above-mentioned are not finalized by April 1, 2018, it may affect the certification process and might result in a postponement of the certification to the upcoming semester.
Due to limited parking availability during the upcoming 2018 Commencement Ceremony, guests are encouraged to use alternative means of transportation. Please contact us ahead of the event if you need to make special parking arrangements.
In case of an emergency, an announcement will be made from the stage. Please leave in a calm and orderly fashion through the exit nearest you. Ushers will be present to escort guests to exits and assist with anything else that may be required during the ceremony.
Lost and found located at the reception desk.
Undergraduates will receive a cap and gown which is to be ordered before May 15th at 5:00pm.
The procedure for ordering a cap and a gown is the following:
- Students will bring a €50 deposit to the Business Office upon which they will receive a receipt of order.
- Students will take their €50 receipts (as proof of payment) to Room 304 where they will then be issued their cap and gown.
- Senior Exit Survey – before picking up your cap and gown it is mandatory to complete senior exit survey.
- Tickets are available to graduating students at the time of cap and gown distribution in room 304. Each candidate will receive 7 tickets for admission to Commencement 2018 held at the RIT K (A.U.K) Campus at Shpetim Robaj, nn, 10000 Pristina.
- Student will have the option of returning their cap and gown and receive their money back until May 31, 2018. On returning the cap and gowns to Room 304 they will be provided with a receipt from RIT K’s Academic Affairs Office which they will then take to the Business Office in order to get their €50 reimbursed.
- Gowns & Tickets pick up:
Monday, May 14th, 09:00 – 13:00 (room 304)
Tuesday, May 15th, 09:00 – 17:00 (room 304)
- Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal:
Monday, May 14th at 13:00
- Graduation Day!
Wednesday, May 16th
Students must be on campus 11:30 for the line-up. The ceremony will begin on 13:00, all graduating students are expected to be lined up before that time.
After the commencement ceremony, you and your family are welcome to join us in taking the photo with our Commencement Speaker General Wesley K. Clark @ 15:00- 15:15
Wesley K. Clark is a businessman, educator, writer and commentator.
General Clark serves as Chairman and CEO of Wesley K. Clark & Associates, a strategic consulting firm; Chairman and Founder of Enverra, Inc. a licensed investment bank, Board Member of Growth Energy; Senior Fellow at UCLA's Burkle Center for International Relations; Advisor at the Blackstone Group; Advisory Board member of SICPA, Trustee of International Crisis Group; Founding Chair of City Year Little Rock/North Little Rock; Chairman of Energy Security Partners, LLC; as well as numerous corporate boards including BNK Petroleum, Leagold Mining, and Rentech. A best-selling author, General Clark has written four books and is a founding member of the Clinton Global Initiative, and Director of the Atlantic Council.
He is active in energy, including oil and gas, biofuels, electric power and batteries, finance, and security. During his business career he has served as an advisory, consultant or board member of over ninety private and publicly traded companies.
Clark retired as a four star general after 38 years in the United States Army. He graduated first in his class at West Point and completed degrees in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University (B.A. and M.A.) as a Rhodes scholar. While serving in Vietnam, he commanded an infantry company in combat, where he was severely wounded and evacuated home on a stretcher. He later commanded at the battalion, brigade and division level, and served in a number of significant staff positions, including service as the Director Strategic Plans and Policy (J-5). He was the principal author of both the US National Military Strategy and Joint Vision 2010, prescribing US warfighting for full-spectrum dominance. He also participated with Ambassador Richard Holbrooke in the Dayton Peace Process, and helped write and negotiate significant portions of the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement. In his last assignment as Supreme Allied Commander Europe he led NATO forces to victory in Operation Allied Force, a 78-day air campaign, backed by ground invasion planning and a diplomatic process, saving 1.5 million Albanians from ethnic cleansing.
His awards include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Defense Distinguished Service Medal (five awards), Silver star, bronze star, purple heart, honorary knighthoods from the British and Dutch governments, and numerous other awards from other governments, including award of Commander of the Legion of Honor (France). He has also been awarded the Department of State Distinguished Service Award and numerous civilian honors for his civic contributions.
Dr. Sharon Hart
President, RIT Kosovo (A.U.K)
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 14th Commencement of RIT Kosovo (A.U.K). There is no more exciting time on a university campus than graduation. On behalf of the faculty, staff, administration, and Board of Trustees, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Graduating Class of 2018, all 115 students. Your graduation is a celebration of all the hard work you have undertaken while as a student. Now enjoy this day, savor it and delight in the fact that you have achieved a major milestone in your life. All of us here today are proud of your achievements!
As this is my second year to participate in these celebrations, know I am honored to be a part of this outstanding institution of higher education. In addition, I am extremely proud of our dedicated faculty and staff who demonstrate, every day, their commitment to our students.
The granting of baccalaureate degrees are celebrated through long-standing traditions while serving as a reflection of the opportunities ahead. We, at RIT Kosovo (A.U.K), celebrate and acknowledge our students’ academic achievements, as well as reaffirm the continuing success of this institution.
Again, congratulations to all 115 graduates!
|2018 Graduates List|
|***summa cum laude: 3.8 - 4.0||**magna cum laude: 3.6 - 3.79||*cum laude: 3.4 -3.59|
|2018 Honor's Society Graduates||Walking||Expected Completion|
|32||Laureta Fazliu||Fall 2018|
|34||Beatriz Fernández Lora|
|50||Erza Kastrati||Summer 2018|
|63||Jora Lumezi||Summer 2018|
|64||Gizem Maksuti||Summer 2018|
|90||Zhaneta Sadiku||Fall 2018|
|98||Lis Sinani||Summer 2018|