A student may complete the requirements for a degree at the end of any
traditional semester. Commencement ceremonies are held at the end of the fall
and spring semesters. Degrees will be conferred and diplomas issued as
- Students who have applied for graduation, have received preliminary
verification by the Registrar, have been approved by the faculty, and expect to
complete requirements at the end of the semester may participate in the
commencement ceremony. Students, who will complete requirements during the
summer terms, may participate in the spring commencement ceremony if they are
within 12 credits of completion with a 2.0 GPA for undergraduates and nine (9)
credits of completion with a 3.0 GPA for graduate students. However, degrees
will not be conferred and diplomas and honors will not be issued until all
degree requirements are satisfied.
- Student transcripts will indicate that the degree was conferred as of the
end of the semester in which degree requirements were completed.
- Diplomas will be mailed to graduates within 6-8 weeks following the end of
Each student is responsible for arranging schedules to satisfy degree
requirements in anticipation of timely graduation. The University strongly
recommends that each student outline his or her program in consultation with his
or her academic advisor at the beginning of each academic year so that
adjustments leading to timely graduation can be made, if required. A student’s
academic advisor is responsible for giving sound academic advice, but the
student ultimately is responsible for ensuring that all degree requirements for
the student’s particular programs are fulfilled.
While efforts are made to ensure this Catalog’s completeness and
accuracy, University regulations and policies are not affected by typographical
or other errors.
Determination of degree eligibility and commencement ceremony participation
are governed by the following:
- Each student must make formal application to graduate on forms provided by
the Registrar’s Office or through Web Advisor. Each prospective graduate
should submit their application one year in advance. Applications must be
submitted as follows:
- No later than December 1 by students planning to graduate at the end
of fall semester of the following year
- No later than April 1 by students planning to graduate at the end of
spring or summer semesters of following year.
- The Registrar, in cooperation with the academic advisors, will verify that
degree requirements can be satisfied by the projected completion date. The
Registrar will notify students of any problems discovered during the
verification process. The JU e-mail system is the University’s official means to
communicate with students.
- The University will mail the Commencement Handbook to all prospective degree
candidates containing the official commencement information well in advance of
- The commencement ceremony is an official University convocation designed to
honor each graduate’s academic achievement and to recognize the support of
parents, spouses and loved ones. All prospective graduates are encouraged to
participate in the commencement ceremony, but participation is not mandatory