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Graduation Information


Candidates for graduation must complete an application for graduation before the beginning of the semester in which they intend to finish a degree program. The application process includes a degree audit and takes time to complete, but it will help candidates correct any remaining omissions in their programs.

Candidates must meet the requirements for the appropriate degree as listed under the section “Degrees and Degree Requirements” to be approved for graduation.

Candidates for graduation must submit the completed application for graduation as well as the graduation fee to the Office of the Registrar.

Graduation Application Deadline
October/December First Day of Fall Semester
March/May First Day of Spring Semester
June/August First Day of Summer Term

Note: All applications received after the deadline will be considered for the next graduation date.

Before the faculty can approve candidates for graduation and commencement, the candidates must submit all documents supporting completion of degree requirements during the current term before the following dates:


Term Deadline
Fall Midterm September 1
Fall Semester November 1
Spring Midterm January 1
Spring Semester March 1
Summer Midterm May 1
Summer Term July 1


These dates include courses being completed at another college or university, standardized test scores (e.g., CLEP, DANTES), and PLA credit. If all documents supporting completion of degree requirements are not received in the Registrar’s Office by the above dates, the candidate’s name will not be presented to the faculty for a vote, and the candidate’s graduation will be at the end of the following session.

Submission of these documents requires written communication with the Registrar’s Office. Phone contact is not a matter of record. These procedures and requirements apply to all students and any term in which they plan to graduate. For example:

  • If a candidate is taking coursework at Warner University, the Registrar’s Office has documentation of that registration. No further documentation is required. Successful completion of the coursework is necessary for the degree.
  • If a candidate is taking coursework at another college or university, the Registrar’s Office must have documentation of that registration and a final transcript of the complete course(s).
  • If a candidate is taking standardized exams (e.g., CLEP, DANTES) to complete degree requirements, those results must be received in the Registrar’s Office before the above dates.
  • PLA applications and supporting documents must be received by the Registrar’s Office before the above dates.


Commencement ceremonies are conducted at the end of the spring term. Candidates must complete all graduation requirements prior to participation in a commencement ceremony. Degrees are conferred at the end and mid-term of the fall, spring, and summer terms. Diplomas will be mailed to students only after all coursework is completed and entered into the permanent academic record, all financial obligations to the University have been paid, and the Registrar officially records the conferral.


Undergraduate students who have completed residency requirements at Warner University and have the required cumulative grade point average on all course work completed, including any transfer credits, will receive the following graduation honors:

Summa Cum Laude: 3.9 – 4.0

Magna Cum Laude: 3.7 – 3.89

Cum Laude: 3.5 – 3.69

For the commencement exercise, the GPA for the previously completed term may be used. The permanent academic record will reflect honors based upon the final GPA, which includes any transfer credits. Master’s and associate’s degree graduates are not eligible for graduation honors at Warner University.