Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

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.

Academic Honors for Undergraduate Students

All undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 33 letter graded hours in residence at MVNU to qualify for Academic Honors.

Summa cum Laude: Graduation with highest honors requires a cumulative GPA of 3.90 on course work taken at the University.

Magna cum Laude: Graduation with high honors requires a cumulative GPA of 3.70 on course work taken at the University.

Cum Laude: Graduation with honors requires a cumulative GPA of 3.50 on course work taken at the University.

Alpha Chi: In the junior and senior years, students who have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.85 may be tapped by the Faculty for membership in this nationally recognized honor society. Alpha Chi is committed to promoting excellence at the undergraduate level and professional life.

Phi Delta Lambda: In the latter part of the senior year, students may be elected by the Faculty for membership in the Kappa chapter of the International Nazarene Honor Society, Phi Delta Lambda, sponsored by the Church of the Nazarene. Each year the Faculty may elect up to 15% of the baccalaureate degree class into membership.

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. GPS 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 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. GPS 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 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. Students may only wear regalia that is issued by Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
  4. 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.
  5. Printed graduation honors for students graduating from traditional undergraduate programs are calculated using the student’s mid-semester grades of the current registration. Graduation honors for GPS 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. Academic honors do not apply to graduate students.