At the time you start taking classes with us, we are already planning for your graduation, as the much-awaited, well-deserved culmination of your career; quite often it is also the time to reflect on what has been done and what is to be done next. You will find below how graduation works at St. Augustine.
Graduation Clearance Procedures
At the registration or pre-registration in which you are enrolling for your last semester towards a degree or certificate, you must review, with your Academic Advisor, your academic performance to date.
• You must fill out a graduation application with your academic advisor in order to get the graduation process started. The graduation petition summarizes your coursework at St. Augustine College, and reflects the completion of all the requirements. Its acceptance by the Registrar’s Office means that you have completed the graduation clearance procedure.
• Your Academic Advisor will notify you of any impediments to your graduation.
• You will be asked to fill out an online graduation survey.
Receiving your Diploma or Degree
In order to receive your Diploma or degree, it is necessary to have fulfilled all of the graduation requirements, and have completed your graduation petition and clearance procedures. Diplomas are issued three times a year, at the end of the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters, yet there is only one commencement ceremony (graduation) each year, at the end of the Spring semester. Those students fulfilling incomplete coursework or other graduation requirements during the summer will have their diplomas issued by the summer graduation day if possible; if not, by the end of the following Fall semester.
Graduating with Honors
To celebrate academic achievement, the College awards degrees of distinction to those students graduating with cumulative grade point averages of 3.5 or higher as listed below:
• Cum Laude: GPA of 3.50 to 3.699
• Magna Cum Laude: GPA of 3.70 to 3.899
• Summa Cum Laude: GPA of 3.9 to 4.00
These honors are awarded during the Commencement Ceremony.
There is one annual official graduation ceremony, called Commencement, and it is held at the end of the Spring semester. In order to participate in the ceremony, you must complete the Graduation Clearance Procedure. Those students with the highest Grade Point Average (GPA) proudly wear their honors’ medals for the occasion. It is the honor of the Graduation Class Representatives, usually referred to as valedictorians (one for the Associates and another for the Bachelors) to give speeches on behalf of their graduating class.