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Application for Graduation

Applications are obtainable at the Office of the Registrar and should be returned to that office after they have been filled out and stamped by the Bursars Office showing that the non-refundable fee of $200.00 has been paid for the doctor degree. Failure to comply with this procedure may result in the postponement of the granting of the degree.

The payment of graduation fees of any kind, the listing of the student as a candidate for graduation in any document and/or invitation either to the graduation ceremonies or to any other activity related to graduation exercises shall not be interpreted as an offer to graduate nor a covenant to that effect. Only the completion of all requirements listed in the or in any other official University directive entitles a student to graduation irrespective of any representation of any kind made by any official o this University.

Candidacy for graduation will be attained by the student after the faculty has determined that the requirements for graduation have been fulfilled. Subsequently, the faculty will present the degree candidates to the President of the University and to the Board of Trustees.

Students that have completed the graduate requirements and paid the graduation fee, but interrupt their studies, have the right that their payment be considered effective for four regular semesters or two academic years from the date of the last semester in which they studied.

Other forms

Graduation Requirements

1. Pass all courses comprising the curriculum for the degree of Doctor of Optometry, as specified in the Catalog for the year in which the student entered the School, with an overall grade point of 2.00 or better.

2. Submit to the faculty advisor a publishable research manuscript which needs to be approved by the Director of Thesis Department and Dean for Academic Affairs.

3. Students must complete at least two years in residence at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, School of Optometry all rotation must be completed.

4. Receive all passing grades in fourth year, completed externship and in-house rotations and submit complete patient encounter logs before graduation date.

5. Receive the recommendation of the faculty of the School after motion to that effect is passed by the faculty.

6. Signed clearance form and graduation documents. Need to complete the clearance and get all the signatures from the following:

  • Mr. Eduardo Salichs, Bursar’s Office
  • Ms. Wilma Marrero, Director Center for Access to Information
  • Ms. Sirimarie Martinez, Financial Aid Office
  • Dr. John Mordi, Director for Thesis Department
  • Dr. Damaris Pagán, Clinic Director
  • Mr. Elias Santiago, Director of Informatics
  • Ms. Luz M. Ocasio, Registrar Office

If awarded financial aid in any academic period an exit interview is required by the Financial Aid Office. You will find all information at , linking Financial Aid process.

7. Pay the graduation fee before the deadline applicable to the graduation date. All students are required to pay the graduation fee, even if you do not attend the graduation ceremony.

8. Pass National Board Part I. Submit print out evidence to Registrar Office. 

Important: all candidates have 90 days after graduation day to complete all requirements in order to receive the Degree and Diploma. If by the end of the 90 days any requirements are still pending or not complete the candidate will graduate and the degree will be certified with the next graduating class.

Note: Graduation requirements as well as academic curricula and programs may change while students are registered at the University. Normally, these changes will not be applied retroactively, but students have the option of completing the new requirements. Nonetheless, when professional certifying or licensing agencies make requirement changes for the corresponding certification or license, the necessary changes to the curricula or programs will be applicable immediately. Students will be solely responsible for deciding if they wish to take the new courses.

If you have any questions please call Mrs. Luz M. Ocasio at (787) 765-1915 extension 1023.

Grading System

Course grades indicate the degree of student achievement in any given course. The School has established a quality point system to be used in accumulating and summarizing these grades. This quality point system is used to determine the minimum degree of general competence for graduation and for continuing the program at any level. The point system is also used to assign special honors to students who excel. Grades are reported in accordance with the following grading system:

A - superior attainment; 4 honor points per credit hour.

B - above average attainment; 3 honor points per credit hour.

C - average attainment; 2 honor points per credit hour.

D - lowest passing grade; 1 honor point per credit hour.

F - Failure: no honor point per credit hour.

P - Passing: this grade is assigned to students satisfying the requirements in courses taken by proficiency examinations and for courses in which such a grade is required. This grade is not included in the computation of the grade point index.

NP - Not Passing: this grade is assigned to students who fail in the courses indicated under the grade "P". This grade is not included in the computation of the grade point index.

Administrative Action Symbols

The following symbols are used to indicate administrative action taken in regard to student status in courses for which they registered.

W - Course Withdrawal: Assigned when the student withdraws from a course after the end of the period for class changes and no later than the date established on the academic calendar for withdrawals with "W".

A student who cannot continue his/her studies for personal reasons may request and receive a certificate of withdrawal. The certificates will indicate the date of withdrawal and the courses that the students were taking at the time of withdrawing. Students who discontinue class attendance without officially withdrawing or who are not administratively dropped will receive grades of “F” (failure) or “NP” (Not Pass) in all their courses.

bAD - Administrative Withdrawal: Assigned when the School drops the student for reasons such as failure to meet payments or other situations warranting a drop.

I - Incomplete: When, in the judgment of the instructor, a student has justifiable reasons for not completing the requirements of a course, the instructor may assigns an "Incomplete". When the instructor assigns an "Incomplete", he/she shall report in writing to his/her immediate supervisor the grade which the student has earned up to that time and a descriptions of the unfinished work which the student must complete. If the "Incomplete" is not removed within the time specified, the student will receive a grade of "F" or "NP" in the course. This policy will apply whether or not the student is enrolled at the School for the following semester. The responsibility for removing the "Incomplete" rests on the student.To remove an "Incomplete" students should pay $19.00 at the Bursars Office.

R - Symbol used to indicate the course was repeated.

T - Symbol used to indicate the course was transferred from another institution.

Students wishing to enroll in courses for audit must do so during the official registration period of the semester. Such students must pay the course fee for auditing. Students who have not applied for admissions should do so before registering as audit students.

AU - Symbol used to indicate on student transcripts that the course was audited. No honor points or University credits are awarded.

Repeating Courses

Students will have the right to repeat courses when not satisfied with their grades. In case a course is no longer offered at the University, it will be substituted with the new course created in the curricular revision or with an equivalent course approved by the Vice-President for Academic and Student Affairs and Systemic Planning. The highest grade and its corresponding credits will remain on the student’s transcripts and lower grades will be changed to an R (repeated) course. When students repeat a course and obtain the same grade as in the previous term, the grade of the most recent term will appear on the transcripts. The administration action symbol “R” and its corresponding credits will not be considered in determining if a student has satisfied the graduation requirements. Courses repeated after graduations are not considered in the computation of the graduation grade point index.

Readmission to the School

Students who discontinue studies for two semesters or more or two trimesters or more should request readmission at the Office of the Registrar of the Campus to which they seek admission.  All requests should be made at least one month before the following enrollment period.

Students who have taken courses at another institution of higher learning should present official evidences of the credits taken.  This evidence will be submitted to the appropriate office for evaluation.

Students readmitted will follow the School Catalog and the rules and regulations in effect at the time of their readmission.

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