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 24th to prevent issues with participating in Commencement.
WHEN AND WHERE IS BACCALAUREATE?
Thursday, May 4, 2017 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. Approved VU regalia required.
WHEN AND WHERE IS COMMENCEMENT?
Friday, May 5, 2017 at 10:00am: Traditional Undergraduate College* – Students arrive at 9:00am
Friday, May 5, 2017 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.
*Tickets are required for all events.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Herff Jones’ site to order invites and announcements 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 regalia reservations can be made from December – March. Your regalia will be available for purchase and pick up at Grad Fest. If you are unable to attend Grad Fest, please purchase your regalia from the Vanguard Bookstore no later than 5:00 pm on May 1. All graduates will keep their regalia.
WHAT IS THE COST OF MY CAP AND GOWN?
Traditional Undergrad and Professional Studies: $50.00
Graduate Studies: $82.00
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 2016 semester will be given honor cords to wear at Commencement. The cords can be picked up at the Registrar check-in table 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 by email when their diploma is available, please allow 4-6 weeks.
Commencement Information Line
714-966-5485 | email@example.com