Graduation is both the end of your immediate academic journey in the online bachelor's degree program, and the beginning of your journey of continued learning and professional career. Many graduates of the program have continued on into postgraduate professional and degree programs such as the California Teacher Credential program, the M.A. in Education program, the MBA program, and others.
As you begin your last semester, you will need to make sure you apply for graduation with the Registrar’s Office. This process is required and can be done in the Registrar’s Office or by obtaining the application for graduation online. Either way, it is important to complete this form by the posted deadline. Typically the deadline for spring semester graduation is September and for the following summer graduation deadline is June, and fall semester graduation the deadline is September.
Please note that Concordia University conducts two graduation ceremonies. It provides you and your friends and family a chance to celebrate your accomplishments and achievements.
Eligibility and Requirements
- Successful completion of 120 semester units of instruction, or the equivalent. Please make sure to review this in detail with your Academic Counselor.
- A combination of 4 units from physical education activity and applied/ensemble music will transfer.
- A total of 4 units of practicum/work experience may be counted toward the 120 units.
- Completion of all General Education courses, or the equivalent, as well as successful completion of the course of study.
- Minimum cumulative GPA not less than 2.0 in all academic work (both transferred and in residence at Concordia).
- Complete payments of all tuition and fees due Concordia University.
Honors at Graduation
The honors listed below are awarded to qualified recipients of the Bachelor of Arts degree at the annual commencement ceremonies. These honors are determined on the basis of the cumulative grade point average of all coursework taken at Concordia University and at all other colleges and universities attended. Honors recognition for the graduation ceremony is based on grade point averages and credits completed through the fall semester, but the student's permanent record will designate honors based on the final semester's GPA.
- Cum laude (with distinction): Awarded to students whose cumulative GPA is between 3.70 and 3.799.
- Magna cum laude (with high distinction): Awarded to students whose cumulative GPA is between 3.80 and 3.899.
- Summa cum laude (with highest distinction): Awarded to students whose cumulative GPA is 3.90 or above.
Right to Petition
Students may petition for review of certain university academic regulations when unusual circumstances exist. Petition forms are available in the registrar's office. After action has been taken on the petition, the student will be notified of the decision. A copy of the action will be placed in the student's permanent file.