Graduation Requirements

The crowning achievement to an academic career is, for most students, Commencement. CMU encourages all students eligible to graduate to take part in a Commencement ceremony.

Students wishing to graduate must complete the Adult Degree Program Graduation Application.PDF

This document must be submitted to the student's academic advisor no later than six months before the student intends to graduate. The registrar and academic advisor will review the application to ensure that all requirements for graduation have been met and to notify the student in writing of deficiencies.

Students may complete degree programs from CMU in May, August and December. However, the Commencement ceremony for graduates is held only once per year for the Adult Degree Program.

Associate's degree candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Satisfactory completion of all the required liberal arts and/or general education coursework, as contained in the Common Core, as well as all coursework required by the individual major
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on all CMU coursework
  • Completion of a minimum of 24 credits in residence at CMU
  • Payment of all tuition and fees
  • Recommendation of the faculty

Bachelor's degree candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Satisfactory completion of all the required liberal arts and/or general education coursework, as contained in the Common Core, as well as all coursework required by the individual major
  • Completion of at least 124 semester credits
  • Completion of at least 36 semester credits of upper-level (300-400 level) study and 15 semester
  • hours of upper-level study in the major
  • Completion of a minimum of 30 credits in residence at CMU
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on coursework earned at CMU
  • A GPA of at least 2.0 in all upper-division courses in the major
  • Payment of all tuition and fees
  • Recommendation of the faculty

Students who do not maintain continuous enrollment will graduate under the CMU catalog and the transfer of credit agreement in effect at the time of re-entry.

Honors at Graduation

Each year, certain members of the graduating class are recognized for outstanding scholarship. Students whose cumulative grade point average is 3.95 or above graduate summa cum laude. Students whose grade point average is 3.8 or above graduate magna cum laude. Students whose grade point average is 3.7 or above graduate cum laude. Honors students must have earned at least 54 hours in residence at Central Methodist University. Graduation with Honors will be figured using all grades earned by the student toward graduation, including all transferred hours. These honors are recorded on the diplomas and in the Commencement Program. Honors students are awarded recognition cords to wear with their cap and gown.

Academic Regalia and Commencement

Arrangements for academic regalia are made through the Director of Student Services. Students will be notified about the process for ordering caps and gowns and other graduation items by their academic advisor.

 
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