Graduation - Office of the Registrar - Christopher Newport University

Office of the Registrar


Participation in Commencement

Commencement exercises are held once each year in May. Students who complete degree requirements in August and December are eligible to participate in the following spring commencement ceremony.

To participate in the commencement ceremony, undergraduate candidates for graduation must have completed all remaining degree requirements (degree, financial and social) or be enrolled in spring semester courses which will complete all degree requirements no later than the beginning of spring semester finals week.

Degree Conferral

Degrees will not be conferred for students unless all requirements, including courses, degree requirements, GPAs, credits and financial obligations have been satisfied. In the case of a missing or incomplete grade, the student’s anticipated semester of graduation will be moved to the following term.

Please note that students are expected to be enrolled during their graduation semester/term.

Diploma Distribution

Diplomas for May graduates are distributed in the David Student Union at the end of the commencement ceremony. Diplomas for August graduates will be available on the first business day after the end of the last summer term. Diplomas for December graduates will be available approximately 21 calendar days after the semester ends.

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