I send in my application and I get back an email stating ""I am writing to let you know that we have received your application for the ... position at .... The demands of this position are such that we have included five years' experience in the list of required qualifications. We will keep your application on file, however. Thank you so much for considering us."
If you read my resume I have more than 5 years experience in the field, just without the degree. If you don't want new graduates just state it. —Stop making up rules