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Before Graduation

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Before Graduation

Before you walk across the stage on Commencement day, make sure you have completed all requirements pertinent to your degree. 

Degree Requirements

Associate's Degrees

To qualify for an Associate's Degree from Christian Brothers University, you must complete all degree requirements as outlined in the Academic Catalog while maintaining an overall Grade Point Average of at least 2.0, as well as a minimum average of 2.0 in satisfaction of major requirements. 

To fulfill residency requirements, 25% of the total hours applied toward a degree must be earned at CBU. See school or department requirements for any further restrictions on courses in your major area. 

Bachelor's Degrees

To qualify for a Bachelor's Degree from Christian Brothers University, you must complete all degree requirements as outlined in the Academic Catalog while maintaining an overall Grade Point Average of at least 2.0 as well as a minimum average of 2.0 in satisfaction of major requirements. 

To fulfill residency requirements, 35 of the last 70 hours and at least 25% of total hours applied toward a degree must be earned at CBU. See school or department requirements for any further restrictions on courses in your major area. 

The 2.0 minimum Grade Point Average is also required in each of the optional minors, and 50% of required courses must be taken at Christian Brothers University. Specific course requirements in major and minor fields are listed under Degree Requirements for each school in the Academic Catalog. Students may graduate under the catalog in effect when they enter Christian Brothers University or any subsequent catalog. You must submit an approved Change of Degree Program form to the Office of the Registrar if you want to update to a subsequent catalog.

Honors

Graduation honors are awarded to undergraduates as follows:
3.70 to 4.00 — Summa Cum Laude
3.50 to 3.69 — Magna Cum Laude
3.20 to 3.49 — Cum Laude

Master's Degrees

To qualify for a Master's Degree from Christian Brothers University, you must complete all degree requirements as outlined in the Academic Catalog while maintaining an overall Grade Point Average of at least 3.0. See specific graduate department for any further restrictions on courses.

Graduation Application

You must complete a "Graduation Application" via BannerWeb under Student Services > Student Records > Apply to Graduate before your degree can be conferred. Graduation dates are not retroactive. If you file your application after your desired graduation date, your actual graduation date will be the next scheduled graduation. Your transcript will include a comment stating the degree completion date, but the official date will be the following semester.

If you are planning to receive a diploma in May or August, you must complete the Graduation Application no later than December 1.

If you are planning to receive a diploma in December, you must complete the Graduation Application by September 15.

Those participating in the May Commencement must also complete the Graduate Information Form to order regalia.

Commencement

Christian Brothers University has one Graduation Ceremony each year in May, although there are three official graduation dates. You may graduate in May, August, or December. The deadline to register for commencement is February 1. 
 
Only students completing coursework within the current academic year (December, May, or August) may walk in the graduation ceremony. You are considered to be "walking only" if you still have even ONE course or requirement to complete.  As a graduating student, you have three business days after the official graduation date to remove any incomplete grades, send in any transcripts from other universities, or have a grade changed in order to be graduated for a particular graduation date. Once you have graduated, your cumulative graduating GPA is locked in and no grade changes can be made. Once you graduate , if you wish to continue taking courses at Christian Brothers University, you must go back through the appropriate Admissions office to reapply for admission into another program of study at CBU.

For questions about degree requirements, contact the Office of the Registrar.

Loan Exit Counseling for Graduating Students

Loan History

It's important to know which loans you have taken before you begin repayment. Log in to nslds.ed.gov/nslds/nslds_SA to look at your financial aid information and the loans that you have borrowed during your academic career. You may also see the current servicers of your federal loans by clicking on "Financial Aid Review."

Required Exit Counseling

Exit counseling is for your Direct Loans. It will give you information about your loan conditions and repayment terms.

  • Exit counseling is required before graduation or anytime you fall below half time enrollment status.
  • Exit counseling must be completed in order to receive your diploma or official CBU transcripts. 
  • This online exit counseling session has been created to make sure that you understand your rights and responsibilities as a borrower.
  • The online exit counseling session will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Log in at studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action to start the process.