Graduation Requirements

Effective: February 12, 2014

Non-transfer Students:
You must have 120 hours of service to graduate

Transfer Students:
You must have 60 hours of service to graduate

Center for Student Engagement and Inclusion

The Center for Student Engagement and Inclusion (CSEI) is dedicated to cultivating citizens of character and integrity by offering purposeful opportunities and resources that complement the academic experience. By participating in programs and services, students are challenged to explore their leadership potential through student centered programming, service and experiential opportunities. Our programs and activities support Student Life’s mission of enhancing the learning, educational growth, and development of students.



The Center for Student Engagement and Inclusion (CSEI) serves as a bridge between student-led learning communities officially sponsored public lectures, student and faculty co-sponsored activities, leadership development and personal growth. CSEI is funded in part by a Title III grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The Center serves two important functions on campus:

The first is to nurture and support first year students at Jackson State University by providing resources, coordinating learning communities, and leadership training; and

The second is to engage the community in a critical, self-reflective dialogue in an unending effort to build the skills of community involvement.

CSEI provides additional support in the Division of Academics and Student Affairs by performing the following tasks and activities:

  • Provide students, staff, faculty, administrators and alumni with information designed to define and enhance the Core Values of the University, and;
  • Assist with the development of a comprehensive student development plan. 

CSEI services include: leadership development, peer mentoring, cultural enrichment trips, coordinating Welcome Week activities, assisting in new student orientation, Blue Key Honor Society, Student Leadership Institute, Emerging Leaders Leadership Summit, Thurgood Marshall Leadership Conference, and CEO Series.

Events and Activities
The CSEI offers to students cultural enrichment trips to museums, the theatre, and the opera. These events offer students the opportunity to embark on a cultural enrichment experience that will awaken students to different forms of entertainment, arts, drama, and the human experience. Please visit our office for participation in these activities.

CEO Series
CEO Series (Creating Excellent Organizations) is open to all students seeking opportunities to enhance their leadership skills. It is designed to enhance the skills of current leaders as well as motivate more students to become involved in leadership activities. Numerous workshops are offered throughout the semester and are open to all students. Through participation in the workshops, individuals will be exposed to various concepts of leadership that will assist them in becoming more aware of themselves and the role they play within their community and ultimately enable one to develop their unique leadership style. Advance registration is not required, but is encouraged. For more information or to register, please contact our office.

Student Leadership Institute

The Student Leadership Institute is a comprehensive leadership development program sponsored and coordinated thru the Center for Student Engagement and Inclusion. As a student, you have access to a rich variety of interactive leadership educational programs and training experiences. The SLI includes a menu of interactive and engaging opportunities for students to learn and practice leadership. The curriculum includes seminars, service opportunities, leadership conferences, and student leader certification. Students may participate in the experience to explore leadership topics or challenge themselves to reach their full leadership potential. Please visit our office to receive an application.


CEO (Creating Excellent Organizations) Series
Participation in one 60 minute session. You may earn up to 30 points through this program. 6-Session will be offered.
5 Blue Star Points per session


Blue Key Honor Society
Blue Key Honor Society recognizes deserving students who have a demonstrated record of success and excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Blue Key Honor Society salutes observable meritorious achievement and continued growth, development, and leadership by example.

Blue Key Honor Society recognizes the uppermost percentile of students who have a distinguished and balanced record in all areas.

Individuals selected for Blue Key Honor Society must meet these criteria as outlined below:

1. Scholarship – Members must have a distinguished achievement in classroom and meritorious activity that recognizes significant contributions to the advancement of knowledge, learning and scholarly performance.
2. Leadership – Members must have a distinguished record of leadership and achievement in student organizations, student life, professional associations, or institutional organizations that promote community service, life skills, professional development, or institutional advancement.
3. Service – Members must have a distinguished pattern of service to others, to campus life, or to the greater community.
4. Character and Integrity – Members must have a distinguished pattern of honesty and trustworthiness in personal behavior. They shall be reputable among peers as well as institutional and community leaders.

1. Blue Key members must have at least a 3.0 GPA.
2. These students shall be juniors, seniors, or graduate students.

Thurgood Marshall Leadership Institute

TMSF hosts an annual three-day leadership training institute for TMSF Scholarship Recipients. The program is meant to enhance the scholars' experience by helping them bridge their academic achievements with necessary and meaningful skills for the workplace. Scholars from the 47 member schools come together in New York City for an intensive program including workshops on career planning, interviewing skills, and resume writing, as well as financial and credit management workshops. In addition to the leadership training, the scholars are provided interview opportunities with corporate partners and are honored at an awards dinner ceremony. Please visit our office for additional information.


Emerging Leaders Leadership Summit

This is a one-day conference open to students on all levels of leadership that are interested in strengthening their leadership skills on the campus of Jackson State University. This event balances education and personal growth with fun and interactive activities for students. Participants will hear motivational keynote speakers, and will be able to attend educational and interactive sessions on the principles of leadership. In addition, the conference is also a good way to meet other students, and network with presenters. All first year students are encouraged to be a part of this program, especially those who are interested in future leadership roles. The completion of the ELLS will make you a strong candidate for future leadership positions, as well as prepare you to take your next steps as a leader on campus.