Important Graduation Details

Things That Need to be Done Immediately

  1. You have been asked to verify your name via an email from Registrar Services. If you request a name change involving the last name, you must submit documentation to Registrar Services in order for the change to be complete. This must be done by Monday, February 12, 2018. Once the diplomas have been ordered, there will be a $35 charge to reorder a diploma due to a name change.
  1. Click here for more information to order your cap, gown, and tassel. You are responsible for procuring your academic regalia.
  1. You are not required to attend commencement. But if you do not plan to attend, we need to know. If you do not plan to attend the ceremony, click here to give us your information so we can mail your diploma after commencement.

  2. The commencement ceremony will take place on:

10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 12, 2018: All undergraduate candidates for graduation

3:00 p.m., Saturday, May 12, 2018: All graduate candidates for graduation

All ceremonies are held in the Lutz-Yelton Convocation Center

  1. LOCATION AND ARRIVAL – Assemble 1 ½ hours prior to your commencement time:

All Undergraduate Graduation Candidates will line up in Dover Theatre located inside the Lutz-Yelton Convocation Center at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

All Graduate Candidates will line up in Blanton Auditorium located inside Hamrick Hall at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

Please arrive by your designated time in order to take care of last minute details and to line up. Click here for additional information including dress code, pictures/videos, etc.

Important Policies for Graduation Candidates Concerning Graduation

For a student completing degree requirements in May, a preliminary audit has been completed. The final audit is not complete until all degree requirements are met and final grades are entered in May. Students are responsible for meeting all degree requirements. 


  • Major requirements with “C” or better in each major course
  • 128 total hours academic credit
  • A minimum 2.0 Gardner-Webb GPA (transfer students must complete 64 senior college hours.)
  • Courses count for credit only once (considerable effort is made to code courses that are repeated; please check with the Registrar Services if there is a question).
  • Transient Credit that is outstanding must have an official transcript to the Registrar Services by noon May 9, 2018.
  • Incomplete grades from a previous semester must also be completed and grades submitted by mid-term (All grade changes, once processed, are available for viewing via the online transcript as soon as changes are made by the Registrar Services).

Hooding and Pinning Ceremony Schedule

  • Physician Assistant Studies White Coat Ceremony: Friday, April 6 at 1:30 p.m., Faith, Hope and Stewart Halls of Tucker Student Center
  • School of Divinity Hooding Ceremony: Thursday, May 10 at 11:30 a.m., Ritch Banquet Hall
  • Physician Assistant Studies Hooding Ceremony: Friday, May 11 at 1:30 p.m., Faith, Hope and Stewart Halls of Tucker Student Center
  • Hunt School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony: Friday, May 11 at 3:00 p.m., Lutz Yelton Convocation Center
  • Godbold School of Business Hooding Ceremony: Friday, May 11 at 3:30 p.m., Ritch Banquet Hall
  • School of Psychology and Counseling Hooding Ceremony: Friday, May 11 at 7:00 p.m., Dover Chapel