All students who will be completing the requirements for their degree must complete an Application for Graduation. This is necessary regardless of participation in Commencement. Please view the degree requirements for VU to make sure you are ready to graduate.

Downloadable Application for Graduation

Please fill out the appropriate application for your program:

School for Professional Studies (SPS)
(turn in to your SPS Coordinator)
Application for Graduation
 Important note: Off-campus transcripts must be received by the Office of the Registrar no later than 45 days after the end of VU’s term to ensure that the degree is recorded in the term indicated on student’s graduation application. SPS Steps-to-Graduation

(updated 10/28/15)


Application for Graduation Deadline
for May 2016 is December 1, 2015.

*Summer 2015 graduates who will not participate in Commencement must still apply for graduation before Monday, May 2, 2015.
** All December 2015 graduates must apply by September 1, 2015.


Commencement Information can be found on the Commencement Page.

  • Students who have not received “Approved” Status by March 25th may not be eligible to participate in Commencement.
  • Students desiring to participate in commencement ceremonies in May should be aware that they will be approved to “walk” only if they have no more than 9 upper division major units remaining to be completed in the summer immediately following the ceremony or have no more than 3-4 units of general education/elective remaining to be completed in the summer immediately following the ceremony.

Honors (all undergraduate programs)

In order to have honors at Commencement, students must complete 36 units at Vanguard by the end of the Fall Semester. Students who have completed 36 units and a GPA of 3.9 or above as of the Fall Semester will be given gold cords to wear at Commencement. As long as the student completes 45 units at Vanguard when their degree is posted, they are eligible to receive honors on their transcript and diploma.

Cum Laude 3.5 GPA*
Magna Cum Laude 3.7 GPA*
Summa Cum Laude 3.9 GPA*

*GPA only includes Vanguard units; off campus units do not affect GPA.


Office of the Registrar
(714) 662-5201 |