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 application form
(turn in to the Department of your major)
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. Steps to Graduation
Senior Meeting Powerpoint Presentation

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

*Summer 2016 Masters applicants who wish to participate in Spring commencement must apply by January 15, 2016.  Those Summer 2016 Masters applicants who will not participate in Commencement must still apply for graduation before Monday, May 2, 2016.
** All December 2015 graduates must apply by September 1, 2015.

Honors (all undergraduate programs)

In order to have honors at Commencement, students must complete a minimum of 36 units at Vanguard by the end of the Fall Semester. Students who have completed at least 36 units and have earned a GPA of 3.9 or above as of the end 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.



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