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The university holds a Commencement ceremony in May of each year when May graduates and graduates from the preceding August and December can participate. Only students who have completed all requirements for graduation are eligible to participate in the ceremony. Students who have completed all requirements for graduation except for a few credits should consult the university’s Commencement Web page three months prior to Commencement for the current policy regarding participation.

You must apply for graduation (Undergraduate Application | Graduate Application) in order to receive a diploma whether or not you plan to participate in the Commencement ceremony.

Application for Graduation
The Office of the Registrar recommends that you submit an Application for Graduation (Undergraduate Application | Graduate Application) two semesters prior to the anticipated graduation date in order to ensure all requirements are being properly completed. To view deadlines, click here.

A $55.00 late fee is applied to all applications submitted once a graduating semester has begun. Graduation applications will not be accepted if received after the final deadline. If you do not apply by the priority due date, you must apply and pass a preliminary academic audit by the final deadline date or you will not qualify for graduation.

Audit results will be mailed to students to the address on file. If you have any questions about the audit, contact your advisor. If you believe an error was made in your academic audit, you must submit a written notification to our office.

If you change your graduation date after applying, contact our office. You will need to submit a new Application for Graduation.

Name on Diploma
The name on your diploma will appear exactly as reflected in our official records. If you wish your name to appear differently, submit a Name Change Form by the due date of the graduation application. This includes the addition of a middle name.

Request for Substitution/Waiver of a Required Course
A substituted or waived course will not be adjusted on an official record without the Request for Substitution or Waiver of Program/Major Requirement Form.

You must submit a written request and submit transcripts to the Office of the Registrar if you want previous graduate credits to be added on an official record. Our office will review for acceptability and forward to the appropriate chairperson for content review; you will be informed in writing of their decision. The university will accept up to 6 credits of your graduate work from another accredited institution toward fulfillment of the program requirements at GCU. Courses acceptable for transfer should be closely similar or comparable to Georgian Court courses, must have been taken within the last five years, and you must have earned over a B or better in the course.

It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that all university requirements, as listed in the GCU catalog of the semester/year of matriculated acceptance, are fulfilled and that proper course registration is submitted.

Undergraduate Minor/Concentration Verification Form
All declared minors and/or concentrations must be certified by the chairperson of the department in order to be included on a final transcript. A minor is not required to graduate. To submit a Minor/Concentration Verification Form, click here.

Undergraduate Academic Requirements

Undergraduate Program
Please note: Effective Fall 2007, and revised in Fall 2011, the university changed the Undergraduate General Education Program requirements. You must meet the requirements of both the applicable General Education Program and the Graduation Requirements. Please refer to the catalog of your matriculation for previous requirements.

Every candidate for a B.A., B.F.A., B.S., B.S.W., or B.S.N. degree must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to qualify for graduation.

A minimum cumulative grade point average of C (2.0 GPA) must be maintained. Unless otherwise indicated for a specific major, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 must be maintained in the major field.

Graduation Honors
Graduation honors are awarded based on your cumulative grade point average earned at GCU. For students following the previous general education program, at least 66 credits must be earned at Georgian Court University in order for a student to be eligible for degree honors. Only credits taken at Georgian Court, a minimum of 66, will be used in this evaluation. For students following the current General Education Program, at least 60 credits must be earned at GCU in order to be eligible for degree honors. The required GPAs are as follows:

  • Summa cum laude: 3.9
  • Magna cum laude: 3.75
  • Cum laude: 3.6

Graduate Academic Requirements

Graduate Program
Successful completion of specified credits for each program is required. Please refer to the Graduate Catalog. An overall average of B (3.0 cumulative GPA) must be maintained.

Diploma Translations
The following is a translation of the Latin text on diplomas.

The Trustees of Georgian Court University
to each and all it may concern
a Greeting in the Lord
we declare to those present that
(student’s name)
having duly fulfilled the prerequisites is awarded the degree of
(this section has your particular degree, see below for translation)
and we have accorded all the rights
and privileges pertaining to this degree.
Furthermore, we confirm this, having affixed to the
Diploma, the seal of the University and the signature of the President.
Conferred at the University in Lakewood in the State of New Jersey, on the (date) of the month
of (month) in this (year) of our Lord.

Bachelor of ArtsBaccalaurei in Artibus
Bachelor of Fine ArtsBaccalaurei in Artibus Elegantioribus
Bachelor of ScienceBaccalaurei in Scientia
Bachelor of Science in NursingBaccalaurei in Scientia Curationis Medicinalis
Bachelor of Social WorkBaccalaurei in Opera Sociali
Master of ArtsArtium Magistratum
Master of ScienceScientiae Magistratum
Master of Business AdministrationMagistri Negotia Administrandi