Commencement Commencement is a ceremony held once per year in May where students, families, friends and the JWU community celebrate academic accomplishments. Keep the following in mind:
Learn more about cap and gowns, guests, dates, location and other commencement information. Commencement Proofing
Graduates and expected graduates have an opportunity to review and proof their listing in the graduation program before the May ceremony. Review deadlines and proofs.
Diplomas Generally, diplomas are mailed 6-8 business weeks after a term has ended, provided all graduation requirements have been met and you have no financial obligations or unreturned library materials with the university. Once your diploma is issued, any name or address changes require completion of a duplicate diploma request. Graduation Application Your graduation application informs the university when you plan to complete your degree, where you want your diploma mailed and how you want your name printed. Submit the application two terms before your degree completion term, and no earlier. If you are pursuing more than one degree (e.g., an AS and BS), you must submit an individual application for each degree. Log in to jwuLink > Academic > Graduation Application. Graduation Date Your graduation date is the term in which you will finish your final degree requirements. Review your degree audit carefully and plan accordingly to determine your last term. If you are pursuing more than one degree, you have an individual graduation date for each one. Honors Graduation summa cum laude, magna cum laude or cum laude, as applicable on your diploma and academic transcript, is determined by your final GPA. Cum laude: 3.40-3.60; magna cum laude: 3.61-3.80; summa cum laude: 3.81-4.00. Requirements If the following requirements not met, your graduation will be delayed or denied:
Graduation Rate The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) lists the overall graduation rate at Title IV institutions in the United States (those that began their program in 2000) at 56.4%. The 2006 JWU overall graduation rates for full-time, first time undergraduates who began their program in 2000 (Providence = 53%; North Miami = 49%; Denver = 57%; Charlotte = N/A, campus founded in 2004) are in line with that national rate, as are the 2007 JWU overall graduation rates for full-time, first time undergraduates who began their program in 2001 (Providence = 55%; North Miami = 50%; Denver = 52%; Charlotte = N/A, campus founded in 2004). Current enrollment across all four campuses: 16,095 (Providence: 10,105; North Miami: 1,955; Denver: 1,466; Charlotte: 2,569). Information or data inquiries regarding other items or statistics (including disaggregated data) may be sent to Institutional Research.