Catalog Excerpt: Graduation Requirements
General Time Limit, Grade Point and Residency Requirements
To earn a degree through Wilson University, students must complete all required coursework, within the specified time limit, while maintaining a sufficient grade point average and fulfilling WU’s residency requirements. Students must meet all financial obligations in order to receive their diplomas.
For lists of required courses for each Wilson University degree program, see the Academic Information section of this Catalog.
Minimum Grade Point Average
To earn an undergraduate certificate or degree, students must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0. To earn a graduate certificate or degree, students must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0.
- For the A.A. and B.S. degrees, students are required to select, document, and assemble evidence in an electronic portfolio to demonstrate mastery of all general education learning outcomes before graduation.
- For the B.S. degrees, students are required to complete a capstone project before graduation to demonstrate mastery of all program learning outcomes before graduation.
- For the M.A. degree, students are required to complete a capstone project before graduation to demonstrate mastery of al program learning outcomes before graduation.
Time Limit for Completing Degrees
Students must complete all degree requirements within 7 years of initial enrollment, inclusive of any Leaves of Absence. They must complete the final 24 units of degree requirements during the five years immediately preceding the granting of the degree.
Changes in Degree Requirements
Although the university fully intends to offer all the programs and courses described, it retains the right to alter or cancel programs or course offerings. Specifically, the university reserves the right to make substitutions if courses required under a given degree program are significantly altered or removed from the curriculum.
Students enrolling in a certificate or degree program enter under the Catalog requirements in effect at the time they enroll in the university. Students who do not enroll in courses for a full year return under the requirements in force at the time of re-enrollment.
Graduation, Academic Honors, and Commencement
Commencement vs. Graduation
Students graduate when Wilson University certifies that they have completed all degree requirements and posts the degree on the official student transcript. Commencement is not the actual awarding of a degree, but a formal ceremony marking the actual or anticipated completion of that degree. WU holds a commencement ceremony once each year in September.
Students nearing the end of their degree programs follow five steps to complete the graduation process:
Step 1: Students submit a Petition to Graduate which includes a Completion Plan, to their Academic Coach. The deadlines for Degree posting is 90 days prior to the requested posting date. Petitions must be received by August 1 for the Commencement.
Step 2: The Academic Coach conducts a preliminary degree audit to verify the students’ readiness for graduation. If students are not ready, then the coach assists them in revising their Completion Plan. If students are ready, then the coach passes the Petition to Graduate to the Registrar’s Office.
Step 3: The Registrar’s Office then confirms the degree posting date for which the student is eligible. The processing period through the time of approval to actual posting of the degree is 90 days for both undergraduate and graduate degrees. The posting date is the last day of the month following official documentation that all degree requirements have been met. The Registrar must possess all required documentation for degree posting by the 15th of the month in order to post the degree at the end of that month. For example, documentation must be received by March 15th in order to post the degree on March 31st. Once the degree is posted, students’ transcripts show that they have “graduated” from Wilson University.
Step 4: Transcripts may be ordered immediately, and graduates should receive their diplomas via certified U.S. mail within 90 days of the degree posting. However, the university will not release diplomas or transcripts until students meet all financial obligations.
Step 5: In the case of delayed documentation, the Registrar’s Office notifies students of the next eligible posting date and deadline.
The Honors List is for undergraduate students only. Following each semester, the Honors List is published. To qualify, students must have completed 12+ units in that semester for which they earned at least a 3.5 grade point average. Honorees receive a letter and certificate signed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs in recognition of their achievement. Qualifying for the Honors List is not a determining factor for receiving the graduation honors described below.
Wilson University awards three types of graduation honors to Associate of Arts and Bachelor’s degree programs’ graduates. The university recognizes students who have achieved these honors at its Commencement ceremony held each September.
Latin Honors: Wilson University awards Latin Honors to undergraduate students who demonstrate academic excellence throughout all of their WU coursework.
- Students with a 3.5-3.74 GPA graduate cum laude (“with honors”). They receive a gold seal on their diploma, along with a silver cord to wear at Commencement.
- Students with a 3.75-3.89 GPA graduate magna cum laude (“with high honors”). They receive a gold seal on their diploma, along with a blue cord to wear at Commencement.
- Students with a 3.9-4.0 GPA graduate summa cum laude (“with highest honors”). They receive a gold seal on their diploma, along with a white cord to wear at Commencement.
The university does not award honors to graduate students. Since such students must perform at a high level simply to graduate (3.0 cumulative GPA), graduation itself is considered honor enough.
Wilson University holds Commencement ceremonies once each year in September. Participation in Commencement normally requires:
- A completed Petition to Graduate (including fee payment)
- A degree posting date closer to the imminent Commencement than to the subsequent Commencement
- Financial clearance from all University offices (Student Accounts, Library, etc.) by August 15.
Wilson University students who, at the time of Commencement, have 6 or fewer units outstanding beyond the current semester’s enrollment, may be approved to participate in the ceremony under the following conditions:
- Students must file a Petition to Graduate by July 1. The Petition must include the Graduation Petition Fee.
- Students must file a Petition to Participate in Commencement with Units Outstanding with the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. This request must be approved by the student’s academic advisor.
- The anticipated completion date for all remaining coursework must be in reasonable proximity to the Commencement ceremony.
- The university must approve the Petition to Graduate, certifying that all other degree requirements have been satisfied.
- Students must receive financial clearance from all University offices for obligations incurred up to the time of Commencement.
- The Vice President for Academic Affairs will make the final determination on a student’s request to participate in Commencement with units outstanding.
In all cases, degrees will not be recorded, nor will diplomas be presented, until all degree requirements have been certified as successfully completed by the university Registrar.
Please Note: Students who take advantage of this “Early Commencement” privilege cannot qualify for Academic Honors to be presented or announced at the time of Commencement. Such honors are based on students’ final GPA, and the final GPA is unknown until all coursework is completed and the degree is posted. Academic Honors WILL be posted on the student’s final transcript and will be noted on the diploma.