The university confers degrees at the end of each term. The commencement ceremony is held once a year in May. Commencement is an academic, celebratory ceremony. Conferral of your degree is contingent upon the successful completion of all graduation requirements as noted in the catalog. In order to participate in the commencement exercises, the student must have earned the requisite credits or be currently enrolled in their remaining required courses immediately prior to Commencement. Please note, for May commencement, students who complete or are certified to complete requirements for a degree in the same calendar year will be allowed to participate in the Commencement ceremony held in May of that calendar year.
Students are required to apply for graduation through Self-Service at least one semester prior to degree completion. At that time, the graduation fee* is added to the student bill. Students are verified by their academic and faculty advisor and approved by the Records Office as completing all degree requirements or as potentially completing requirements by the end of the qualifying term. All students participating must file a petition and submit their graduation fee by March 1. After March 1, you must complete the late petition form and pay a $100.00 late fee.
*The graduation fee is required of all graduates, regardless of participation in the ceremony.
The diploma will include your name and specify the degree earned and Latin honors, if applicable. It also carries signatures of the Chaminade University president, Board of Regents chair and the official University seal.
Majors and minors will be listed on the official transcript.
Diplomas will be mailed to the address provided on your application. You will receive your diploma once all your degree requirements have been completed and your degree is conferred. This usually takes about six to eight weeks after graduation.