Convocation and Commencement

For complete details on this year's convocation and commencement, please visit Convocation and Commencement 2014.

Please note that updates on both Convocation (College of Nursing) and Commencement (University-wide) will come from Ms. Sami Mezger, Associate Director for Student Services.  If you have any questions leading up to these very important days, please make sure to send her an email (  We will always be glad to get right back to you with an answer!

Graduation Policies

Degrees are conferred by the university upon recommendation of the College of Nursing faculty. Degrees are conferred and diplomas issued only at the annual commencement each May.

A student who completes degree requirements in October or January may request a diploma in October or January, respectively. October and January diplomas may be picked up at the Office of the Registrar.

Diploma information cards are distributed by the staff in the Office of Student Affairs to all degree candidates. For timely graduation, the cards must be returned to the staff for submission to the Office of the Registrar by the date specified.

Degrees are conferred in absentia only if the candidate has been excused in advance from attendance at commencement exercises. Requests to be excused should be sent to the registrar as early as possible, and candidates should indicate the address to which the diploma should be sent when it is mailed in July.

Graduation With Honors

Students whose cumulative grade-point average is 3.5 or better for their four years of college receive one of the following honors designations on their diploma. (Only courses completed in the university may be counted in the average.)

3.85 or better = summa cum laude
3.70-3.84 = magna cum laude
3.50-3.69 = cum laude