Commencement Awards

To be considered for Valedictorian, Outstanding Graduate, or Distinguished Degree Banner Carrier all candidates must complete the Degree Conferral Application, pay the $150 Degree Evaluation Processing Fee and register to attend a 2014 commencement ceremony before the deadlines listed below. All candidates must be present at their respective commencement ceremony.

2014 Commencement Dates and Deadlines

May 17, 2014 - Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia, 10:00 a.m.
Award Submission Deadline: March 21, 2014

June 28, 2014 - Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia, 3:00 p.m.
Award Submission Deadline: May 2, 2014

*Date To Be Announced – Charlotte, North Carolina
Award Submission Deadline: TBA

October 25, 2014 - Norfolk Scope Arena, Norfolk, Virginia, 10:00 a.m.
Award Submission Deadline: August 29, 2014

December 6, 2014 – Baltimore Arena, Baltimore, Maryland, 3:00 p.m.
Award Submission Deadline: October 3, 2014

Questions? Please contact

The Outstanding Graduate Award 

To be eligible for the Outstanding Graduate Award, graduates must meet the following qualifications: 

  • Must be receiving a masters degree.
  • Must have a 4.0 GPA.
  • Must have completed all coursework by the application deadline.
  • Must be present at the ceremony to accept the award.
    Apply for award


To be eligible for Valedictorian, students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Must be receiving a bachelors degree.
  • Must have a 4.0 GPA.
  • Must have completed all coursework by the application deadline.
  • Must be present at the ceremony to deliver a 3 to 5 minute Valedictorian speech.
    Apply for award

Donald R. Stoddard Faculty Award of Excellence

Faculty members are nominated for outstanding teaching skills, superior ability to motivate students, contribution to a positive learning environment and sincere passion for their profession. Nominate a faculty member.

Degree Banner Carrier

Degree banner carriers lead their fellow graduates in the processional by carrying their degree banner flag. The degree banner carrier is selected by the commencement committee and is the student with the highest GPA by program who is registered to attend commencement by the Award Nomination Deadline. Degree banner carriers must be present and willing to carry the degree banner in the graduate processional.

Honors Citation at Commencement Ceremonies

Associate's and Bachelor's degree students are eligible to have an honor citation announced at commencement who have completed all requirements with a GPA of 3.5 or greater or who are enrolled in their final quarter and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater. Honor citations are not printed in the commencement program.

Associate's and Bachelor's honor citations:

  • GPA of 3.5 - 3.69: Cum Laude
  • GPA of 3.7 - 3.89: Magna Cum Laude
  • GPA of 3.9 - 4.0: Summa Cum Laude

Request more information

Step 1 of 2

Online Masters Degree iPad eBooks banner