Frequently Asked Questions About Graduation

Here you will find answers to some commonly asked questions about graduation.

Caps and Gowns, Diplomas, and Transcripts

See below for frequently asked questions about ordering your cap and gown and how to obtain a copy of your transcripts.

Academic Honors

See below for frequently asked questions about academic honors.

  • Associate’s- and bachelor’s-level graduates who complete their degrees with cumulative grade point averages (GPAs) of 3.70 or higher will achieve academic honors status. Certificate- and master’s-level graduates are not eligible for academic honors. Academic honors statuses will be noted on diplomas and transcripts.

    The academic honors statuses are as follows:

    • Cumulative GPA of 3.70–3.79—Cum Laude
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.80–3.99—Magna Cum Laude
    • Cumulative GPA of 4.0—Summa Cum Laude
  • Yes, please check with your ceremony's coordinator for specific recognition details. 

  • Associate's and bachelor's graduates attending the ceremony will be recognized in the program booklet based on their GPA at the time the program is printed, which is approximately 2 weeks prior to the ceremony. If your GPA changes during that time, graduates can stop at the Graduate Service desk on graduation day to exchange their honor cord.

  • Yes, graduates who are members of an honor society may wear their honor society regalia (cords, stoles, pins, etc.) at the ceremony. Honor society items must be purchased directly from the honor society, and will not be available at the graduation venue. Graduates must be existing honor society members prior to their final term.

Purchasing Additional Graduation Items

See below for frequently asked questions about how to purchase other items for your graduation.