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) by the following deadlines:
Degree completion in Spring Semester (May conferral): Application due February 15
Degree completion in Summer semester (August conferral): Application due March 15; (If not participating in May Commencement ceremony, application is due June 15)
Degree completion in Fall semester (December conferral): Application due October 15; (If participating in Commencement ceremony prior to degree completion, application due March 15)
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. Students who complete their degree programs in the Summer or Fall Semesters may attend Commencement in May following completion or the May prior to completion. Diplomas 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."