Graduation 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

  

Neumann University schedules one Commencement Ceremony which is held each May. However, there are three graduation dates during the academic year [August, December, and May].

To be eligible to walk in May Commencement exercises and receive your diploma:


    • You must successfully complete all degree requirements. If you do not satisfactorily complete all of their degree requirements by the end of the spring semester you may not, under any circumstance, participate in Commencement exercises.

    • You must satisfy all financial obligations to the University by April 21st


  • If you received an HRSA Nursing Loan you must contact Financial Assistance to complete the loan exit requirements by April 21st
  • All undergraduates only must complete the First-Destination Survey available in April

Students who have successfully completed all their degree requirements by the conclusion of either Summer Session II in August or at the conclusion of the fall semester in December may receive their diploma after they have been certified for graduation by the Registrar. August and December graduates who have already received their diplomas, but who wish to participate in the May Commencement ceremony are encouraged to do so but must notify the Registrar's Office by April 21st, 2018.


All May candidates for graduation are expected to attend the University's May Commencement ceremony and will receive their diplomas that day.

The number of guest tickets for each graduate is determined by the number of graduating students along with the maximum number of seats provided. Each Graduate will receive 4 tickets which will be distributed when you pick up your cap and gown on April 23rd. Any guest entering The Mirenda Center, including children, will need a ticket. There are no exceptions to this policy. Anyone who attempts to attend the ceremonies without a ticket will be denied entrance to The Mirenda Center. Any additional tickets that become available will be distributed by April 1st. How they will be distributed, lottery, raffle, etc., is still to be determined.

A baccalaureate degree with honors is awarded to students who have earned a minimum of 60 academic credits, excluding documented prior learning, at Neumann University and who have demonstrated superior academic achievement in their respective areas of study.


Summa cum laude is awarded to those students with a cumulative GPA (Grade Point Average) from 3.900 to 4.000


Magna cum laude is awarded to those students with a cumulative GPA (Grade Point Average) from 3.700 to 3.899


Cum laude is awarded to those students with a cumulative GPA (Grade Point Average) from 3.500 to 3.699


Students who anticipate receiving Graduation Honors, and have completed 60 credits at Neumann, excluding documented prior learning, can check their WebAdvisor account to verify a cum GPA of 3.50 or above.

The Valedictorian is a graduating senior whose entire academic program has been completed at Neumann University on a full-time basis, and whose cumulative GPA (Grade Point Average) is the highest in his/her class. The student’s involvement in leadership activities at the University and his/her community service are also considered in the selection process.

With regard to these eligibility criteria, students who have earned credits through either standardized examinations or through the University-sponsored evaluations listed below and who have, otherwise, completed all academic coursework at Neumann University are still eligible for Valedictorian consideration.


CLEP
AP (Advanced Placement as administered through ETS)
ACT
DANTES
ACE Recommended Credits
Challenge Examinations
Experiential Learning Portfolio Assessment

To graduate, you must:

    • Have applied for graduation at the Registrar’s Office

    • Satisfy all outstanding balances by April 21st.


    • If you borrowed an HRSA Nursing Loan Nursing Loans you must contact Financial Assistance to complete the loan exit interview by April 21st

    • You must complete the First-Destination Survey available in the beginning of April (Undergraduates ONLY) by April 21st

If you elect not to walk with your Class please SEND AN E-MAIL to Cierra Strickland at stricklc@neumann.edu stating that you will not be attending and indicate whether you would like to pick up your diploma or have it mailed to your home. Please include the last four digits of your social security number.


Deadline: April 21st, 2018.

Cap and Gown Pick-up and the Class of 2018 Mixer will be held on April 23rd from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the Bruder Life Center Gym and Patio. Graduates DO NOT need to order or be measured ahead of time. When you arrive for pick-up, you will be given your academic attire that matches your height and degree.


The cost of your academic attire is part of the $100 graduation fee. Graduates will keep all academic attire at the conclusion of the ceremony.


Graduates who cannot attend the Cap and Gown Pick-up will be able to pick up their cap, gown and tickets in the University Campus Store between April 24th and May 11th.


University Campus Store Hours:
Monday - Thursday 8:30 am to 6:00 pm
Friday - 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Our Baccalaureate Mass will be held in The Mirenda Center for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development on Friday, May 11th, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. All Graduates are encouraged to attend with their families. Tickets are not required for the Mass and seating will be on a first come, first served basis.


Elderly or handicapped persons may be dropped off at the side entrance of the Mirenda Center before 6:30 p.m. for the Baccalaureate Mass.


Elderly or handicapped persons may be dropped off at the side entrance of the Mirenda Center before 6:30 p.m. for the Baccalaureate Mass.


10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 12th: Doctoral, Master’s and Continuing Adult & Professional Studies Graduation


Commencement for Doctoral, Master’s and Continuing Adult and Professional Studies will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 12th in The Mirenda Center for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development. Lineup will begin at 9:00 a.m. in Community Hall of the Mirenda Center. Academic attire will be worn - cap, gown, and tassel. Hoods will be draped over your right arm. The Dean or Division Representative will hood each graduate before receiving the diploma.


3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 12th: Undergraduate Graduation


Commencement for Undergraduates will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 12th in the Mirenda Center for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development. Line-up will begin at 2:00 p.m. in Community Hall of the Mirenda Center. Academic Attire will be worn – cap, gown, tassel and hoods.

With regard to Baccalaureate Mass, elderly or handicapped persons may be dropped off at the side entrance of the Mirenda Center before 6:30 p.m. on the evening of the Mass.

Some seating is available for guests in wheelchairs or with limited mobility, with one companion seat. Tickets are also required for this special seating. If a guest requires special seating, send an email request with an explanation of the need (wheelchair, minimal steps, etc.) by April 15th to Mr. Lee Strofe at strofel@neumann.edu.


Elderly or handicapped persons may be dropped at the side entrance of the Mirenda Center before 9:30 a.m. for the 1st ceremony and by 2:30 p.m. for the 2nd ceremony.