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To graduate, online business management degree students must complete the required units with a grade-point average of at least 3.0 within five years of matriculation. This includes completing all required courses with a C- or above. All courses taken within SBM and used for a student’s MAM candidacy must be taken for a letter grade, except courses offered only on a Pass/Fail (P/F) basis.

The responsibility for meeting all graduation requirements rests upon the individual student. Failure to meet deadlines will result in delayed posting of degree.

Intent to Graduate

Graduation is not automatic upon completion of all coursework. Students who intend to graduate must complete an Intent to Graduate form and file it with the associate registrar in the Office of the Graduate Registrar at least 60 days prior to commencement.

Academic and Financial Clearance

All degree requirements must be met before academic clearance will be granted to participate in the commencement ceremonies. Financial responsibilities to the university must be satisfied before academic clearance will be granted.

Commencement Exercises

Commencement exercises are held at the end of the fall semester, the end of the spring semester, and the end of the summer session. The university president, by the authority of the trustees and on recommendation of the faculty, awards the degrees. Details regarding the exercises are mailed to prospective participants. In order to participate in the commencement exercises, all financial obligations to the university must be met.

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Academic Honors

Preceding each commencement, the School of Business and Management holds a commissioning ceremony for the graduating students and their families. At each commissioning, the graduate faculty may honor a single graduate with the distinction of Outstanding Graduate. The award is primarily based on academic achievement, but when a secondary factor is needed to make a selection, the committee determines which of the outstanding candidates contributed most to the APU School of Business and Management learning community.

Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.