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Your Degree, Graduation, and Commencement

Your Degree is awarded in the term immediately following completion of all degree requirements. (Fall, Winterim, Spring, Summer I, Summer II). Commencement refers to the Graduation Ceremony held each May for those who have completed all degree requirements. Students completing their requirements in the following summer may appeal to the Dean’s Council to participate in the preceding Spring Commencement ceremony.

Application for Graduation

Although the Commencement program is held only in May, students may have a graduation date for any of the five academic terms Fall, Winterim, Spring, Summer I and Summer II. December and Winterim graduates must submit an application for graduation during Schedule Selection in the fall semester one year in advance of their intended date. May and summer graduates must submit an application for graduation during Schedule Selection in the spring semester one year in advance. All course substitutions should be submitted at this time. All CLEP and ICE testing should be completed prior to earning 60 semester hours.


The college holds commencement ceremonies in May. Students who complete their degree requirements in Summer, Fall, Winterim and Spring may participate in the May commencement program.

Students must complete all graduation requirements, including course work, Service And Outreach ministries, senior interviews/oral exams, required testing and academic and financial stipulations before participating in the commencement program. It is the students’ responsibility to work with their advisors and the degree audits provided by the Registrar’s Office to ensure that they complete all requirements for graduation. Students will order their caps and gowns through the college bookstore during the Spring semester. Students will be contacted by the Registrar’s Office prior to graduation with necessary information concerning the commencement. Diplomas and transcripts will only be released to those students who satisfy all financial obligations to the college.