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Graduation FAQ's - Graduation Information

1. What are all the responsibilities of a candidate for graduation?

Responsibilities of graduating students include the following: a) Apply for graduation prior to the start of your last semester; b) Register for and participate in the GRAD 450 course; c) Satisfy all academic requirements (this means passing all courses with the appropriate required minimum grade); d) Order cap, gown, and invitations by posted deadlines (check with the Bookstore); e) Satisfy all financial obligations (this include parking tickets, library fines, housing fines, etc.);  f) Pay appropriate graduation fee by April 25, 2014; g) Complete financial aid online exit interview by April 25, 2014; h) Participate in the graduating class meetings; i) Check B-CU website for commencement information; j) Participate in the graduation events, if possible; k) Pick up complimentary admission tickets for guests to attend the Commencement Ceremony; l) Comply with the dress code for academic regalia; m) Conduct yourself in a respectful manner at all times during the commencement ceremony by exhibiting the proper decorum associated with the solemnity of the occasion.

2. If I do not complete all my academic requirements this semester, may I still walk in the Commencement Ceremony?

NO. According to the long standing University policy, students must complete all graduation requirements (academic and financial) in order to participate in the Commencement Ceremony.

3. If I submit a graduation application for this semester but do not successfully complete all graduation requirements this semester, do I have to submit another degree application for next semester?

Yes. Students must re-apply for graduation so we can re-audit and make sure you are taking the appropriate courses to ensure your ability to graduate the next time around.

 4. For students who finish all graduation requirements during the summer, what will be the date on their transcripts and diplomas?

The official date on the transcript and the diploma for summer graduates will be the last day of the summer semester. Summer graduates may request official copies of their transcripts once all final grades have been posted and all graduation requirements (academic and financial) have been met. Please be sure to indicate if you are expecting a graduation date to be posted on your transcript as awarding degrees takes additional time after all grades are finally submitted.

 5. For students who finish all graduation requirements in the summer, when will they receive their diplomas?

Summer graduates will receive their diplomas at the Fall Commencement Ceremony.

 6. If undergraduate candidates are not participating in the Commencement Ceremony, do they have to pay the $75.00 graduation fee?

YES. All graduating seniors must pay the graduation fee.

 7. What does the $75.00 graduation fee cover?

For undergraduates, the fee covers the cost of the bachelor’s unit (cap, gown, tassel w/signet, and white collars for female graduates) which costs approximately $30.00. The remainder of the fee goes toward the graduating class’s gift.

 8. What is the graduation fee for the master’s degree graduates?

The fee for master’s degree graduates if $105.00 which covers the cost of the cap, gown, tassel, and hood. The remainder of the fee goes toward the graduating class’s gift.

9. What is the deadline to pay the graduation fee?

The deadline is the same for all things connected with graduation, April 25, 2014. That is the deadline to complete ALL graduation requirements.

10. How much will students pay for their graduation fee if the student will receive more than one degree?

One or more undergraduate degrees in the same area (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science) completed in the same semester is $75.00 total (essentially one degree with a double major) and the student will receive one diploma.

One undergraduate degree completed in the one semester and another undergraduate completed another semester would be $75.00/each.

One Bachelor of Arts and one Bachelor of Science would be $75.00 plus $40.00 for the second diploma.

 11. If a student is graduating with two or more majors and wants them on separate diplomas, is there an additional cost?

If a student is graduating with two majors in the same area (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science – a double major) and makes a request for a second diploma, the student will pay the $75.00 graduation fee and $40.00 for each additional diploma.

 12. When must all requirements for graduation be completed including transfer of credits, final grades, etc. in order for students to participate in the commencement ceremony?

No later than 12:00 noon on April 25, 2014.

 13. What if I am waiting on a grade change or taking a credit by exam?

ALL grades, transfer credits, outstanding Incomplete grades, grade changes, credit by exam, CLEP, etc. must be received in the Office of the Registrar by April 25, 2014.

 14. How will I be made aware of any changes in my graduation status?

The Office of the Registrar will notify you of any change to your graduation status via your B-CU email account and ONLY via your B-CU email account. Check your B-CU email account often.

15. What is the purpose of the online graduation course?

The purpose of the graduation course is to provide prospective graduates with important information they must know from the offices of Financial Aid, Student Accounts, Alumni, Bookstore, Student Affairs, and the Registrar’s Office before commencement. Candidates for graduation must be cleared academically and financially in order to graduate.

 16. When will I be able to get admission tickets for the Commencement Ceremony?

Candidates for graduation will not receive admission tickets until the University has confirmed that they have satisfied all academic and financial requirements. Check the website and your B-CU email for announcements and specific information.

 17. How many tickets will graduates receive for the Commencement Ceremony?

Confirmed graduates will receive one admission “pass” for themselves and a maximum of ten admission tickets for guests.

 18. Will there be a waiting list for additional tickets?

  The University will not offer a waiting list for additional tickets.

 19. When will I need to pick up tickets for Commencement, name cards, and honor cords?

Confirmed graduates must present a B-CU ID or other photo identification to pick up these items. Graduates may pick up Commencement tickets, name cards, and honor cords in the PAC lobby on Wednesday, May 7th  and Thursday, May 8th  from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 20. What do I wear to the Service of Consecration and the Commencement Ceremony?

All participants in the Commencement Ceremony and Service of Consecration including students, administration, faculty, and staff WILL follow the dress code outlined below.*

Female:

Black or dark colored dresses or skirts and blouses

Black shoes (Heels lower than 3” recommended)

Posts or small hoop earrings

Full academic regalia (cap, tassel, gown, and master’s hood)

Undergraduate candidates wear tassels on the right side of cap until instructed to move the tassel to the left during the ceremony.

Graduate candidates wear tassels on the left side of the cap and carry the master’s hoods on the right arm.

Male:

Black or navy blue slacks

White dress shirt

Black or dark colored tie

Black shoes

No excessive jewelry

Full academic regalia (cap, tassel, gown, and master’s hood)

Undergraduate candidates wear tassels on the right side of the cap until instructed to move the tassel to the left during the ceremony.

Graduate candidates wear tassels on the left side of the cap and carry the master’s hoods on the right arm.

*Students who do not adhere to the above dress code will be turned away and not allowed to participate in the ceremony.

 21. Additional questions?

Please direct any further questions to Graduation@cookman.edu

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