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Undergraduate commencement exercises are held at the end of the fall and spring semesters and after the second summer term.

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 four to six weeks prior to commencement.

Participation in Commencement

A student may participate in commencement exercises only if the degree work has been completed or is in process concurrently at another institution, and will be completed in the graduating term. Concurrent enrollment is limited to 17 units, with a maximum of 6 units being completed at another institution. (The student must receive prior approval from the Office of the Registrar for concurrent enrollment. All correspondence courses must be completed and an official transcript received by the Office of the Registrar prior to the student’s final semester. No correspondence work will be allowed in the final semester.

In order to participate in the commencement exercises, all financial obligations to the university must be met. Participation in commencement exercises will be determined no later than 10 working days prior to the day of commencement. All commencement issues must be resolved by this time, including the receipt of transcripts (if applicable), financial clearance, and clearance of Ministry and Service credits. Should a student choose not to abide by the academic clearance policy, and participate in commencement ceremony by fraud, the student will not be allowed to participate in future commencement ceremonies and could face sanctions including (but not limited to) suspension from the university.

For questions regarding this information, please contact the Office of the Registrar at (626) 812-3013.

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Honors at Commencement

Latin Honors
Qualifying students may graduate with the following honors: summa cum laude, magna cum laude, or cum laude. The minimum GPA requirements for Latin Honors are as follows:

3.90 - summa cum laude
3.80 - magna cum laude
3.70 - cum laude

All grades accepted toward graduation at Azusa Pacific University are included in the calculation of these honors, including correspondence and transfer classes. All grades not accepted toward graduation at Azusa Pacific University (such as remedial classes) will not be included in the calculation.

Degree Posting Dates

The university posts bachelor's degrees three times each year, regardless of the specific date when all work is completed. All degree requirements must be met prior to the posting date. The three posting dates are at the end of the regular fall semester (approximately December 15), the end of the regular spring semester (approximately May 5), and the end of the summer sessions (approximately July 31). By petition, completed degrees may be posted on the 15th of a month other than those listed above in this section.