Graduation Information

Attention Applicants for Graduation:
The following information is for your benefit and understanding of what is required of you as you approach the end of your goal for a Belhaven University degree.

If you need additional assistance, please e-mail the Registrar's Office at registrar@belhaven.edu

Graduation Dates:

April 29, 2016
7:00 pm
Houston Campus
Korean Central Presbyterian Church
14311 Park Row Drive
Houston, Texas 77084
May 7, 2016
10:00 am
Atlanta Campus
Saint Luke’s Presbyterian Church
1978 Mount Vernon Road
Dunwoody, Georgia 30338
May 7, 2016
9:30 am
Jackson Campus – Traditional Studies
Thalia Mara Hall
255 East Pascagoula Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39211
May 7, 2016
2:30 pm
Jackson Campus – Adult/Graduate/Online Studies
Thalia Mara Hall
255 East Pascagoula Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39211
May 13, 2016
7:00 pm
DeSoto/Memphis Campuses
Kirby Woods Baptist Church
6325 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38119

Graduation Application Deadlines:

June 25, 2016 Application deadline for Summer 2016 Degree Completion (Traditional, Graduate, Online, and Adult Studies)
September 15, 2016 Application deadline for Fall 2016 Degree Completion (Traditional, Graduate, Online, and Adult Studies)
January 25, 2017 Application deadline for Spring 2017 Degree Completion (Traditional, Graduate, Online, and Adult Studies)
June 25, 2017 Application deadline for Summer 2017 Degree Completion (Traditional, Graduate, Online, and Adult Studies)
September 15, 2017 Application deadline for Fall 2017 Degree Completion (Traditional, Graduate, Online, and Adult Studies)

***Please note that if you meet ceremony eligibility guidelines to participate in a commencement ceremony prior to your degree completion term, you will need to submit your graduation application by the deadline for the term coinciding with your ceremony date.

Ex:  You will finish your classes in the spring semester, but would like to participate in the fall commencement ceremony.  You will need to submit your graduation application by the fall semester deadline (Sept. 15th), but you will still indicate that your classes will end in the spring semester.

Requirements for Graduation:

PLEASE REFER TO CATALOGUE.

Of Note:

  • Minimum of 124 hours for degree
  • GPA requirement (both overall and in the major)
  • Transfer credits

Application Process

  • All students, all campuses apply online and pay online
    • Student applies online
    • Pay graduation fee at time of application
    • Give cap/gown sizes at time of online application (application must be complete)
  • Payment goes to the Belhaven Business Office
  • Application goes to the Registrar's Office
  • All application deadlines as stated in academic calendar enforced
    • Eliminate all last minute applicants
    • After deadlines, students may apply but not participate in graduation until next available ceremony
      • Degree audits must be updated
      • Caps/gowns must be ordered
      • Checkout must be completed
      • Honors must be calculated
  • DOSS/COSS notifies potential graduates of deadlines to apply for graduation

Honors Calculation:

Honors are awarded only to bachelor degree seeking students.

  • Calculated after all final grades are posted for bachelor's degree students
  • Calculated/Awarded according to Belhaven cumulative quality points
  • Will be announced only at the time of the graduation ceremony lineup

Graduation "With Honors":

  • A minimum of 45 academic hours carrying quality points at Belhaven
  • A minimum of 3.4 GPA at Belhaven

Graduation with Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Summa Cum Laude:

  • A minimum of 60 academic hours carrying quality point at Belhaven
  • Cum Laude - a minimum of 3.4 GPA at Belhaven
  • Magna Cum Laude - a minimum of 3.7 GPA at Belhaven
  • Summa Cum Laude - a minimum of 3.9 GPA at Belhaven

Ceremony Participation

  • Students who have completed all requirements, have no debts with the college and have been checked out as final prior to the graduation ceremony date
    • May have honors recognition
    • Will have degree conferred
    • Will pick up diploma at graduation ceremony
  • Students completing requirements within the month of graduation but not before the graduation ceremony
    • Will not be recognized for honors
    • May participate in next available ceremony if they want honors recognition (but may participate in only one ceremony)
    • Will receive honor cord after degree is completed
    • Will receive diploma after degree is completed
  • Students completing requirements for August graduation may participate according to the guidelines for ceremony participation and recognition either in the May ceremony just prior to their August graduation completion or the December graduation ceremony following the completion of their August degree requirements
  • Students from any of the distance campuses may participate in the Jackson ceremony
  • Students may participate in only one graduation ceremony per degree (i.e. Associates, Bachelors, Masters)
  • Ceremony program
    • Students may be listed in only one program
    • Students not completing requirements and not participating in the ceremony may walk in the next available ceremony upon completion of degree requirements
  • Students owing a balance to Belhaven University
    • Degree will not be posted on transcript until balance is paid
    • Will receive diploma upon payment of balance

Diplomas

  • Diplomas are not mailed to graduates. Graduates walking in the commencement ceremony will pick up their diplomas following the ceremony.
  • Diplomas are available for pickup in Registrar's office for all Jackson students and in the Office of the Director of Student Services for all distance campuses

Transcripts

  • Degrees will be posted to transcripts upon completion of all degree requirements according to the following schedule:
    • December graduates: no later than the first work week after Christmas break
    • May graduates - no later than the end of the week following the ceremony
    • August graduates - no later than the end of the week following the August grad date
  • Students must request transcripts.