Two students discussing with the books

The annual commencement ceremony is held at the end of the spring semester. Degrees are conferred in August and December for those who complete their graduate requirements earlier. All graduates are expected to participate in commencement exercises. Only those students who complete their graduate requirements by May, or prior, will receive their academic degrees.

Three levels of outstanding academic performance are recognized at commencement. A candidate who has earned a cumulative grade point average of:

• 3.50 to 3.69 graduates with honors
• 3.70 to 3.89 graduates with high honors
• 3.90 to 4.0 graduates with highest honors.