High Point University holds its annual commencement ceremony at the end of each spring semester. Students approved to graduate are strongly encouraged to participate in commencement for the conferring of the degree.
Previously, students were required to have met all requirements for graduation in order to participate in commencement. However, because there is only one commencement each year, High Point University has implemented a new policy to allow students who are close to completing requirements to walk at commencement in May.
Students who do not meet graduation requirements in May will be allowed to participate in commencement provided that they meet the criteria listed below:
For undergraduate students:
- Have 8 or fewer semester hours yet to complete.
- Have at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average.
For graduate students:
- Have 3 or fewer semester hours yet to complete.
- Have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
Students may also walk if they have an outstanding balance (library fee not paid, tuition payment due, etc.). However, diploma inserts will be withheld until balance is paid in full.
Names of walkers and graduates will be printed in the commencement program, and there will be no asterisk or special notation in the program differentiating walkers from actual graduates of the University.
A student may participate in only one commencement ceremony. If, after declaring an intention to walk, a student does not participate in the ceremony and fails to notify the Office of the University Registrar at least four days prior to the commencement date, that student is ineligible to participate in any subsequent commencement ceremony.
All participants will receive only a diploma cover at the ceremony. A letter will be included instructing graduates to proceed to the Slane Center afterwards to pick up their actual diploma insert. Walkers will also be notified that their diploma will be mailed to their permanent home address once all degree requirements have been met.
All graduation requirements and all financial obligations must be satisfied in order to receive the diploma.
If an Honor Council case is pending for a student, the Provost and the Office of Student Life will make the decision regarding the student’s eligibility for participation in commencement.
“Walkers” do not receive public or printed recognition of honors (cum laude, etc.) in the commencement program.
Last updated: October 2016