Application For Graduation And Graduation With Latin Honors

Students notify the registrar’s office of their intent to graduate and participate in commencement by filing an application for graduation at least two semesters prior to the intended date of graduation (84 completed credits).  Applications are due as follows:

                                Anticipated Completion Month        Graduation Application Due

                                                  May                                                       Due May 1, one year prior

                                                August                                                   Due August 1, one year prior

                                             December                                              Due December 1, one year prior

Seniors who have applied for graduation will have their names listed in the commencement program and are expected to participate in the commencement ceremony.

Central College holds one commencement ceremony in May of each year.  August and December graduates may request permission to participate in the commencement ceremony prior to the anticipated completion date if:

  • The student is enrolled during the spring semester; and
  • The student is in good academic standing, and
  • The student is within 17 credits of completing graduation requirements, and
  • The student is able to provide a plan to complete all remaining graduation requirements by the end of the fall semester following the commencement ceremony.

Students requesting an exception to the above policy must request, in writing, permission to participate from the registrar.

Graduation with Latin honors

Students who achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 may be recommended by the faculty for commencement distinctions. The degree may be granted cum laude for those students with a cumulative GPA of 3.50-3.699, those with magna cum laude for those with a cumulative GPA of 3.70-3.899, and summa cum laude for those with a cumulative GPA of 3.90 or above. No student with more than one grade below C- during the last three years at the college will be considered for academic distinction.

Students who transfer to Central no later than the beginning of their third year and complete at least 60 credits at Central are eligible for the honors, but only their performance at Central College will be considered.