Mount Vernon Nazarene University

2011-2012 Catalog

Policies Related to Commencement

The University awards degrees during semi-annual commencement ceremonies held each May (spring commencement) and December (winter commencement). Commencement materials and student participation are governed by the following policies.

All degree requirements must be completed before a student is permitted to graduate from MVNU. Both the student and MVNU benefit from this arrangement.

Policies for Spring Commencement

  1. Traditional students who complete all degree requirements in the spring semester are eligible to participate in the spring commencement ceremony. Graduate and Professional Studies students whose group is scheduled to complete cohort classes by July 31 of the same year are also assigned to participate in the spring commencement.
  2. The spring commencement program, including the listing of degree candidates and graduation honors, is based upon course enrollment at spring mid-semester of the traditional program calendar. Students pursuing earned credit by transfer must provide final official transcripts to the University Registrar to verify course completion six weeks prior to the date of the spring commencement ceremony for inclusion in the commencement program and related exercises. Students who utilize credit through proficiency examinations must have the credit-by-examination earned and posted on the MVNU transcript by the same six week deadline for inclusion in the commencement program. If the six week deadline is not met, the student will not be allowed to commence on this date. See section below on Policies related to Degree Conferral.

Policies for Winter Commencement

  1. Traditional students who complete all degree requirements in the fall semester are eligible to participate in the December commencement ceremony. Graduate and Professional Studies students whose group is scheduled to complete cohort classes by January 31 of the next year are assigned to participate in the winter commencement.
  2. The winter commencement program, including the listing of degree candidates and graduation honors, is based upon course enrollment at fall mid-semester of the traditional program calendar. Students pursuing earned credit by transfer must provide final official transcripts to the University Registrar to verify course completion six weeks prior to the date of the winter commencement ceremony for inclusion in the commencement program and related exercises. Students who utilize credit through proficiency examinations must have the credit-by-examination earned and posted on the MVNU transcript by the same six week deadline for inclusion in the commencement program. If the six week deadline is not met, the student will not be allowed to commence on this date. See section below on Policies related to Degree Conferral.

Other Applicable Policies

  1. The commencement program is tentative, pending completion of required work and submission of final grades.
  2. The commencement program lists all degree candidates for the respective semi-annual period.
  3. Diploma covers are distributed during commencement. Diplomas are mailed when degree requirements are completed, when grades have been received, and when all account balances with the university have been paid. For students who have a Federal Perkins loan, exit counseling must be completed to receive a diploma. Permanent address changes must be made prior to leaving campus, so that the diploma is sent to the correct address. Replacement diplomas cost $30.00. Call the University Registrar’s Office for details on replacement diplomas.
  4. Students who inform the University they plan to participate in the commencement ceremonies, but do not attend are assessed a $25.00 cap and gown return fee.
  5. Printed graduation honors for students graduating from traditional programs are calculated using the student’s mid-semester grades of the current registration. Graduation honors for Graduate and Professional Studies undergraduate degree programs are calculated six weeks prior to the commencement ceremony date. Actual graduation honors are indicated on the final transcript reflecting final grades earned.