Graduation Information

Are you planning to graduate soon? All students wanting their degrees posted by Vanguard University must submit a Graduation Application.

The Graduation Application is not for the purpose of participating in the May ceremonies; rather it is to notify the Records Office that students intend to complete their requirements within the academic semester/year and to start the process of approving students to receive a degree from Vanguard University. This process will not happen without the submission of a Graduation Application.

Graduation Application Deadlines

  • November 30, 2015  for Spring and Summer 2016 Graduates

Graduating with Honors

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.

 Commencement Ceremony

When is the next commencement ceremony?

The next School for Graduate and Professional Studies commencement ceremony to celebrate the Vanguard graduating class will be on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 4pm. It will be held at Mariner’s Church in Irvine, CA.

For more information, please visit Vanguard University’s Commencement webpage. If you still have questions, feel free to contact your Coordinator.