Commencement Information

A student may participate in Commencement exercises if:  he/she expects to complete outstanding program course work of not more than one course (up to four credits), is achieving a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.00 based on previous semester grades, and is meeting all other requirements. The degree will be mailed to the student following completion of all requirements.

Academic Distinction

Honors designations for recognition at Commencement are determined using the CGPA earned at the end of the semester prior to the last semester of enrollment before graduation. CGPA requirements for honors are not rounded.

Bachelor Candidates

(typically the seventh semester of full-time enrollment):
Cum Laude: CGPA Range 3.50-3.69
Magna Cum Laude: CGPA Range 3.70-3.89
Summa Cum Laude: CGPA Range 3.90-4.00

Associate Candidates

(typically the third semester of full-time enrollment):
Honors: CGPA range 3.50 – 3.69
High Honors: CGPA range 3.70 – 3.89
Highest Honors: CGPA Range 3.90 – 4.00

Commencement information will be posted at

Students should apply for their degrees at the time they meet the requirements. Students applying for the associate’s degree at the same time the bachelor’s degree is awarded may only be recognized in the program for degrees and honors relevant to the period covered by that Commencement. For example, an associate’s degree for which the student met the requirements at the end of the spring 2015 semester will not be included in the 2016 Commencement, regardless of whether the student chose to be recognized in 2015 or not. However, the degree may still be awarded.