College Graduation Requirements

The college will award a diploma to any student who has completed the program and Christian service (field education) requirements for a degree and has complied with the other academic requirements and standards of conduct and discipline as described in the CCU Student Handbook.

A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for graduation.

CCU awards diplomas three times a year, August, December and May. There is no commencement service in August or December. August and December graduates are encouraged to participate in the May ceremonies. May graduates are required to participate unless a prior request to graduate in absentia has been granted.

Students must submit an “intent to Graduate” form to be considered for graduation. Students applying for August graduation must apply before June 1. Applicants for December graduation must apply before May 1 and students applying for May graduation must apply before October 1. “intent to Graduate” forms are available online ( and in the Registrar’s Office. Completed forms with payment must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office by the stated deadline. Forms will be accepted for a time after the deadline, but the fee will be doubled. No forms will be accepted after June 1 for August graduation,October 1 for December graduation and February 1 for May graduation.

All course work must be completed before a student can participate in graduation ceremonies or receive a degree. All correspondence, distance education, or directed studies courses must be completed no later than August 1 (August graduation), November 1 (December graduation) or April 1 (May graduation). If a grade extension is granted for the semester in which a student planned to graduate, that student will no longer be a candidate for graduation. There will be no refund of fees and the student must reapply for graduation.

Failure to graduate due to incomplete degree requirements or for missing a deadline for completing degree requirements will not entitle the student to a refund of fees.

Graduation fees must be paid when the student applies for graduation. Students must withdraw their “Intent to Graduate”, in writing, by June 1 (August), October 1 (December) or February 1 (May) to receive a refund of fees.

Students must earn the last thirty-two semester hours of credit toward a degree at this institution. Any exceptions to this requirement must be approved by the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee.

To earn a Bachelor’s Degree with two professional programs in ministry, a student must complete twenty additional semester hours of courses in the second professional field that are not required for the first professional program. The addition of a second ministry program also requires the completion of a seven month, full-time internship for nine semester credit hours.

A student will be permitted to graduate under the requirements published in the catalog in effect at the time of initial enrollment, if that enrollment has been continuous. If a student drops out for two consecutive semesters or longer, upon return the current catalog requirements will be in effect. Students returning from an “Approved Leave of Absence” may be allowed to graduate under catalog requirements in effect when the leave of absence was granted.

The appropriate Field Chair and Academic Dean have authority to waive requirements or provide substitute course work for program requirements that may not be offered. Departmental requirements for graduation are those in effect at the time the student certifies the major to be pursued. A degree candidate cannot mix requirements from different catalogs. One must complete a single set of requirements.

For students failing to graduate within one year of the normal time frame to complete a degree (four years for Bachelor’s, except some cooperative programs which take five years; two years for Associate’s), the graduation requirements published in the first year of the time frame when one does graduate must be met.