Frequently Asked Questions
WHICH OFFICES DO I HAVE TO BE CLEARED WITH IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES?
You must be approved through both the Registrar’s Office and the Office of Accounting Operations in order to participate in Commencement as well as pick up your cap and gown at either Grad Fest or from the Bookstore. If you have received and “on target” notice from the Registrar’s Office, you have received approval so no additional paperwork is needed. To be approved through the Office of Accounting Operations, your student account must be paid in full. If you have received a Perkins loan, you must also complete and exit interview. After these are complete, you are clear to pick up your regalia. Students must be on target by March 13th to prevent issues with participating in Commencement.
WHEN AND WHERE IS BACCALAUREATE?
Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 7:30pm – Students arrive at 7:00pm
All undergraduates (Traditional and Professional Studies) are invited to attend Baccalaureate at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church located at 600 St. Andrew’s Road, Newport Beach, CA. For more information on Baccalaureate, visit vanguard.edu/commencement.
WHEN AND WHERE IS COMMENCEMENT?
Friday, May 8, 2015 at 10:00am: Traditional Undergraduate College* – Students arrive at 9:00am
Friday, May 8, 2015 at 4:00pm: Professional Studies and Graduate Programs – Students arrive at 3:00pm
Both ceremonies are at Mariner’s Church, located at 5001 Newport Coast Drive, Irvine, CA.
*Wristbands are required for the traditional undergraduate ceremony. Each graduate will receive (6) wristbands which can be picked up at Grad Fest.
MY NAME AND/OR ADDRESS IS INCORRECT. WHAT DO I DO?
If you want your name to be different on your diploma than your legal name, contact the Office of the Registrar. To update your address go to vanguard.edu/services/change-address.
WHEN CAN I ORDER MY COMMENCEMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS?
Personalized announcements can be ordered online December-March. Please visit vanguard.edu/commencement and choose Memorabilia from the left side menu. Look for the link in the dropdown menu for Invites and Announcements for information on how to order online. Generic announcements can be purchased at Grad Fest and in the Bookstore during the month of April.
WHERE DO I GET MY CAP AND GOWN?
Online reservations can be made at the Commencement website from December – February. Then, you can pick-up your Regalia at Grad Fest. If you are unable to attend Grad Fest, please retrieve your regalia from the Vanguard Bookstore no later than 5:00 pm on May 7. Since Graduate regalia is rented, the cap, gown and hood can be returned following the ceremony on the patio of Mariners (The tassel is yours to keep!). Undergraduate and Professional Studies students may keep all of their regalia.
WHAT IS THE COST OF MY CAP AND GOWN?
Please refer to the Regalia section of the Commencement website at vanguard.edu/commencement for pricing information. To reserve regalia, please visit the Commencement website and choose Memorabilia from the menu, click on Regalia in the drop down menu, and look for the Herff-Jones website link.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM WALKING WITH HONORS?
For the program: If you have completed at least 36 Undergraduate/Professional Studies units at Vanguard by the end of the fall semester and have a cumulative GPA in one of the levels below, your name will be listed in the Commencement Program with honors:
Cum laude – 3.50-3.699
Magna cum laude – 3.70-3.899
Summa cum laude – 3.90-4.0
For your diploma and transcript, you must have completed at least 45 Undergraduate/Professional Studies units at Vanguard by the end of your last semester and have a final GPA in one of the above levels.
WHO GETS TO WEAR HONOR CORDS AT COMMENCEMENT AND WHEN DO I GET THEM?
Only Undergraduate/Professional Studies students who have a GPA of 3.9 or higher and have completed at least 36 units at Vanguard by the end of the Fall 2014 semester will be given honor cords to wear at Commencement. The cords can be picked up at the Registrar check-in tent 1 hour before the ceremony starts.
WHEN AND WHERE WILL I GET MY DIPLOMA?
Diplomas are ordered upon receipt of final grades/transcripts and upon clearance from the Office of Accounting Operations. Students will be notified when they are available.
Commencement Information Line
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