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Graduation Applications

Degree posting is not automatic and all students who wish to have their degree posted must complete an Application for Graduation. This is necessary regardless of intent to participate in the commencement ceremony. It is the student's responsibility to submit the following to the Registrar's Office before the posted deadlines.

Meeting the application deadline is very important to ensure there isn't a delay in getting your degree posted. Late applications will jeopardize your eligibility to receive awards and participate in commencement. The application deadlines and fees are listed on this website, academic calendar, and on the graduation applications. Students may only participate in the ceremony at the end of their last semester.

Undergraduate Graduation Application Instructions »

Students who do not complete their degree requirements in the academic year in which they applied will be required to submit a Reapply Graduation Application. If degree requirements were completed at another institution, official transcripts must also be sent to the Registrar's Office. Re-applicants are not eligible to participate in commencement.


Application Deadlines and Fee Schedule

The following fee rates are determined by the date the completed Graduation Application is submitted by the student. Late applications will jeopardize your eligibility to receive honors and participate in commencement.

Summer 2021 Fall 2021 Spring 2022
May 28, 2021 (deadline to walk in commencement) $185 September 10, 2021 (deadline to walk in commencement) $185 December 3, 2021 (early applications) $185
Late Applications (after May 29, 2021) $340 Late Applications (after September 10, 2021) $340 January 28, 2022 (deadline to walk in commencement $215
        Late Applications (after January 28, 2022) $340

Graduation Application Fee

All students must submit payment for the Graduation Application Fee at the same time as they submit the application. We accept credit cards, debit cards, exact cash, check, or echeck. This fee is non-refundable and assessed regardless of the student's intent to participate in the commencement ceremony.

The Graduation Application Fee covers the administrative time needed to process the application, run a degree audit, track the student’s progress and post the degree to the student’s transcript. It also covers the cost of ordering and mailing the diploma.


Proof of Enrollment

Students who are concurrently enrolled in units at another school must provide proof of enrollment during their last semester after the census date. If they withdraw from the course(s) after submitting the proof, they are obligated to notify the Registrar's Office and their graduation status must be re-evaluated. No applications for graduation will be accepted without proof of enrollment for all outstanding course requirements.


Degree Posting and Transcripts

Degrees will not be evaluated for verification or conferral and diplomas will not be released until all financial obligations are met. Otherwise, degrees will be posted after all requirements have been satisfied. Degree requirements can be found in the Academic Catalog. Concordia posts degrees three times a year—at the completion of the regular Summer (August), regular Fall (December), and regular Spring (May) terms. Degrees are not posted mid-term, even if a program ends mid-term.

Please allow 4-6 weeks after the end of the regular term for the final posting of your degree and make future plans accordingly. Transcripts can be ordered in person at the Registrar's Office or online.

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Diplomas

Official diplomas are issued 6-8 weeks after the degree is posted provided that you have no outstanding financial obligations to the University. They are mailed to the address provided on your Graduation Application. Replacement diplomas are available by completing the Diploma Reorder Form. The cost for a replacement diploma is $25 and takes 6-8 weeks to obtain.


Federal Loan Exit Counseling

If you have borrowed money under the Stafford Loan program, federal regulations require you to complete Loan Exit Counseling before graduating. The Financial Aid Office has arranged for you to complete the session online at cui.edu/loans. If you have questions, contact Financial Aid at 949-214-3066.


Commencement Information

Commencement is a celebration of degree completion and is reserved for students who have completed all of their degree requirements. No student will be allowed to participate who has not completed all of their degree requirements. Graduates may only participate in one commencement ceremony and it must be in the same semester of their Application for Graduation.

Communication Regarding Commencement

Check your Eagles email frequently, note, and adhere to any deadlines communicated. Late responses will jeopardize your ability to participate in the Commencement ceremony.


Regalia

Gowns are sized according to height and weight and are ordered according to information provided by the student on the Application for Graduation. Academic regalia is free of charge and includes a cap, gown, tassel, and stole. Regalia will be withheld until all financial obligations and graduation application requirements are met.

Honors and Honor Cords

Honors are awarded to eligible undergraduate students for the commencement ceremony. Commencement participants who are recipients will receive honor cords or stoles at the Academic Achievements Ceremony. For the ceremony, honors status will be determined based on the cumulative GPA at the end of the semester prior to graduation term. Once final grades are calculated, honor status will be re-evaluated and may change. This final honors designation will be reflected on students' transcripts and diploma.

Cum Laude 3.70 – 3.79
Magna Cum Laude 3.80 – 3.89
Summa Cum Laude 3.90 - 4.00

Decorum Policies

  • Gown length and style may not be altered. Stoles may not be customized in any way.
  • Modest personal embellishments are allowed on the cap, but MUST lay flat, cannot extend over the edge, and must be appropriate.
  • Only CUI-approved regalia (including pins, stoles, cords, and medallions) bestowed at the Undergraduate Academic Achievement ceremony and provided by university-sponsored clubs or CUI Veterans Resource Center may be worn at graduation. Decorative items such as costume leis, beads, or sashes may only be worn after the ceremony.
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