The University holds commencement exercises in December and May. Students completing graduation requirements in August receive certification from the Office of the Registrar that they have completed all requirements and receive their diplomas by mail. August graduates are eligible to participate in the December commencement exercises.

Diplomas will be mailed to students who successfully complete their degree studies following compilation of grades. Specific details are available through the Office of the Registrar. It is important to understand that the student’s record becomes permanent upon graduation. Nothing is added, deleted, or changed on the student’s transcript after the graduation date.

Students who need no more than three (3) credits to earn their degree may participate in commencement exercises if they present a documented case of extreme hardship for participation which is approved by the Provost. For students to be eligible for the exception policy, they must have made satisfactory progress in their degree program in every semester of their attendance at Lewis, and they must have submitted an application for graduation in a timely manner. Such a petition must be filed with the Provost no later than two weeks prior to the scheduled commencement.

For this policy, the term “extreme hardship” includes only those circumstances beyond the control of the student. These circumstances would involve major illnesses or the impending death of the student, or loved one, significant financial or political crisis/burden making future semester participation nearly impossible, or a circumstance of similar magnitude. The desire to participate with one’s peers is an inadequate circumstance. Being three (3) credits from graduation is only a requisite to appealing to participate; it is not a request by itself which is deemed acceptable.

Application for Graduation

All candidates for graduation at any of the three graduation periods must submit an application to the Office of the Registrar.

Grad. Month

Deadline to Apply*


Prior to Second Week of Fall Semester


Prior to Second Week of Spring Semester


Prior to Second Week of Summer Term

*Specific dates appear in the course schedule.

Applications received after the deadline will be considered for the next graduation. All students are required to pay a graduation fee.

Graduation Honors

Bachelor degree recipients are eligible to graduate with honors if they have achieved cumulative grade point averages as follows: 3.500 - 3.749 with honors; 3.750 - 3.899 with high honors; 3.900 - 4.000 with highest honors. Honors at graduation are indicated on both the student’s diploma and transcript. At commencement, students are draped with an honor cord. Honors designations do not apply to graduate, associate or certificate students. To qualify, a recipient must have earned a minimum of 56 hours at Lewis, not including credits earned by exam or prior learning assessment.