Application for Degree and Commencement
Each student must file a formal application for degree (completed online through the NEST > Student Services > Student Records > Degree Application and Graduation Participation) with by the following deadlines:
Degree completion at end of Spring semester: February 15
Degree completion at end of Summer: March 15
(or June 15 if not participating in Commencement ceremony)
Degree completion at end of Fall semester: October 15
(or previous March 15 if participating in Commencement ceremony prior to degree completion)
Late applicants may be charged a late fee.
Annual University Commencement ceremonies are held in May. Students who complete their degrees in the Spring Semester are expected to be present at Commencement to receive their degrees. Students who complete their degree programs in the Fall Semester may attend Commencement in May following completion. Students who complete their degree requirements during the Summer are encouraged to attend Commencement the preceding May or may attend the May Commencement following completion. Diplomas of August and December graduates will be mailed upon confirmation of the completion of all degree requirements by the respective Dean.
NOTE: A student may participate in only one Commencement ceremony for each degree granted.
The respective Deans of the Schools and Colleges of the University have the responsibility for approving candidates for graduation.
Those applicants who do not complete all degree requirements or who are not approved must complete another application by the published deadline in order for a degree to be conferred at the end of the next semester.
Application for Certificate
Each student must file a formal application for certificate with the Registrar by the following deadlines:
Certificate completion at end of Spring semester: May 1
Certificate completion at end of Summer: August 1
Certificate completion at end of Fall semester: December 1
The respective Deans of the Schools and Colleges of the University have the responsibility for verifying and approving completion of certificate requirements. Applications are completed online.
Students earning certificates do not participate in Commencement or Hooding ceremonies.
Students graduating with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree who achieve a cumulative grade point average of 4.0 will be identified as graduating "with high honors." Those who achieve a cumulative grade point average between 3.90 and 3.99 will be identified as graduating "with honors."