Application for Graduation

Students must apply for graduation as they near the completion of their programs (degree, certificate, or otherwise). Application can be made by completing a form available through the registrar’s office. Among the required information is the specified diploma or certificate name (see Student Name requirements for additional information). Failure to apply for graduation in a timely manner may result in delayed degree conferral, inability to participate in a commencement ceremony, or a late graduation fee. The registrar’s office posts application deadlines for each program.

Following the application for graduation, registrar staff will review a student’s degree audit and Student Financial Services will post the graduation fee (as may be required for each program) to each student’s account. Graduation fees cover all aspects of the graduation and degree conferral process and are necessary regardless of each student’s participation in a commencement ceremony.

Conferral of Degree without Application for Degree – Current Students

If a student completes all graduation requirements but fails to complete an application for degree, the Registrar’s Office can confer the student’s degree as of the term and date requirements were completed.  Conferral of the degree will result in a graduation fee being charged to the student’s account.  The student account must be in good standing for the transcript and diploma to be released.

The student’s “Primary Name” as listed in MyGFU will be used for the diploma name. The diploma will be mailed to the student’s “Home” address as listed in MyGFU.  If the diploma is not received by the student, or is returned to the Registrar’s Office as undeliverable, the student may request, and pay for, a replacement diploma (link).  After receiving the diploma, if the student wishes to change the way their name appears on their diploma they may complete the Name Change form (link) and order, and pay for, a replacement diploma (link). 

The student will be notified, at their George Fox University e-mail address, when their degree has been conferred.  If the student wishes to participate in commencement, they must complete the Application for Degree form (link) before the deadline for the commencement ceremony immediately subsequent to their degree conferral term and date.  Regardless of participation, the student’s name will appear in the commencement program.  The student is not eligible to participate in a later commencement ceremony.

The normal processing timeline of four to six weeks for production and mailing of the diploma will apply.  Any student wishing to rush the conferral of their degree and production of their diploma must complete the Application for Degree and request, and pay for, an Expedited Degree Conferral (link).  

Conferral of Degree – Students Not Currently Enrolled

If a student completed all graduation requirements and their degree was not conferred within one semester of their last enrollment at George Fox University, the degree can be conferred upon completion of an Application for Degree.  The conferral date will reflect the term and date applicable when the requirements were completed.  The current graduation fee will be charged to the student’s account.  The student will not be eligible to participate in a commencement ceremony.

The student’s “Primary Name” as listed in MyGFU will be used for the diploma name unless the student completes a Name Change form (link).

Once all graduation requirements are verified the normal processing timeline of four to six weeks for degree conferral and production and mailing of the diploma will apply.  Any student wishing to rush the conferral of their degree and production of their diploma must request, and pay for, an Expedited Degree Conferral (link).   The student account must be in good standing in order for the transcript and diploma to be released.

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