Application & Requirements

In order for your Application for Graduation to be processed, please make sure you have met the requirements below. All items must be complete. If you are uncertain about any of these, contact us.

  • Residency Requirement
    1. 30 credits from Saint Leo for Bachelor's degree
    2. 15 credits from Saint Leo for Associate's degree
  • Major Course Requirements
  • General Elective(s) Requirement
  • Comprehensive Examination (Bachelor's Degree)
  • All Financial Obligations
    1. Saint Leo University (Graduation & Comprehensive Exam Fees)
  • Application for Graduation
    1. $105 Graduation Fee (Bachelor's Degree)
    2. $55 Graduation Fee (Associate's Degree)

If you are 2 terms away from completing your degree, please complete the online application for graduation located here: Online Application. Once we receive your application, your academic advisor will send you an email with graduation information. Please allow 5 to 7 business days to receive your email.

Additionally, there is a graduation fee. The fee is required even if you choose not to participate in the formal graduation ceremony. Students should pay the graduation fee as soon as possible in order to avoid delays in their application processing at the time of their completion. The fee is $105 for Bachelor degrees and $55 for Associate degrees. The Graduation Fee can now be paid using eLion. Go to the Student Menu under Financial Information and click on Student Billing Detail/Make a Payment. A charge must be showing before you can make the payment.

You need to know that there is a difference between your degree completion date and your degree conferral date. Your completion date occurs at the end of the term when all of your degree requirements have been satisfied. Your degree conferral date is a specific date authorized by the Board of Trustees for the release of your diploma. Bachelor and Associate degrees are conferred after each semester. We begin processing graduation applications after final grades are released from the Registrar's office (1 week following the end of the semester). At the time your application is processed, you will receive an email from me notifying you of your graduation status. Diplomas are mailed 3 to 5 weeks from your conferral date, pending that your account is clear of any financial holds.

Each spring, the University has one formal graduation ceremony with academic regalia at the University Campus in Saint Leo, Florida. Center for Online Learning students earning a Bachelor's degree are invited to attend the Commencement Exercises held in May of each year. If you wish to participate in the Commencement Exercises, you must complete and return an Application for Graduation by November 8, 2013. Additionally, the Center for Online Learning holds a graduation reception exclusively for COL graduates. It is a wonderful chance to meet faculty, administration and other online students. Each graduate will receive a pre-determined amount of tickets for their guests to attend the commencement as per the Registrar. The number of tickets will be determined in January.

If you have any questions regarding graduation please read the Graduation FAQ's. If you still cannot find your answer, please contact your academic advisor.

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