Commencement Ceremonies

Graduation 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 your Student Advisor!

Residency Requirement

30 credits from Saint Leo for Bachelor’s degree

Major Course Requirements

General Elective(s) Requirement
Comprehensive Examination (Bachelor’s Degree)
All Financial Obligations

Application for Graduation

$105 Graduation Fee (Bachelor’s Degree)

Please fill out the Graduation Application and submit before October 15th, 2013


Campus Map

Please be sure to note all the places you will need to be the day of your graduation ceremony.

Download the Campus Map


Online Students Participating in Commencement

Each spring, the University has one formal graduation ceremony with academic regalia at the University Campus in Saint Leo, Florida. Online Learning students earning a Bachelor’s degree are invited to attend the Commencement Exercises held in late April or early May of each year. If you wish to participate in the Commencement Exercises, you must complete and return an Application for Graduation by October 15th.

*{unfortunately at this time, Associate degree students are not able to participate in university campus commencement}


Tickets

Each graduate will receive a pre-determined amount of tickets for their guests to attend the commencement as per the Registrar in January.

If you have any questions, please contact your Student Advisor.


Graduating with Honors

Students who have earned at least 30 credits at Saint Leo University and have the specified cumulative grade point averages will receive the following honors for bachelor degree conferrals:

  • Summa cum laude 3.95 and above
  • Magna cum laude 3.85 and above
  • Cum laude 3.65 and above

All honors graduates are eligible to join Delta Epsilon Sigma, our National Catholic Honor Society.


Dean’s List

The Dean’s Lists is issued at the end of the Fall 2, Spring 2 and Summer 2 semesters. Those students enrolled full-time for two consecutive terms, earning twelve new semesters credits with a term grade point average of 3.65 or higher are recognized by placement on the Dean’s List. Certificates are mailed from the main University campus.


Requesting Transcripts

Saint Leo University may release official transcripts to a student or to others with the student’s written permission.

Requests for transcripts must bear the student’s signature (required by the Family Rights and Privacy Act of 1974). There is a $7 fee for each official transcript.

Each request must contain the student’s name, Social Security number, and the following specific information:

  • The program in which you were enrolled
  • When you attended
  • If you graduated
  • Your graduation date
  • The number of transcripts you want
  • Where they are to be sent
  • Phone number (so we may contact you, if necessary)

You may also fill out and mail our transcript request form

The University will not provide a transcript of transfer credit until successful completion of course work at Saint Leo University. Transcripts should not be requested until the grade report for the preceding term has been received.

Master’s and bachelor’s degrees are conferred on the first of each month following the month in which you complete your final degree requirements.

All incomplete work must be completed by the conferral date. Transcript requests may be delayed until degree conferral has been completed.

Graduates will receive one free official transcript with their diploma if all financial obligations have been met.

Request your Transcripts


Degree Completion VS. Degree Conferral

- 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 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 April or May of each year.


Paying your Graduation Fee

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. When you submit your Graduation Application a charge is placed on your account by the Center for Online Learning within 24 hours of receiving the application.


Receiving Your Diploma

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.

For example, if you finish your degree requirements in October, then your conferral date is November 1st. Likewise, if you finish your degree requirements in December, then your conferral date is January 1st.

Diplomas are mailed 3 to 5 weeks from your conferral date, along with one copy of your official transcript if all financial obligations have been met.


Application for Graduation

When you join our learning community of more than 16,000 teachers and students, you also join in a shared commitment—to finish what you started. Everyone knows the challenges, and that’s all the more reason to celebrate your success at graduation day!

2013 Commencement application deadline is October 15th !

If you need fewer than 30 credits to finish your degree, we urge you to consider making the trip.

Saint Leo University also holds a Baccalaureate Mass the day of the commencement. These events will give you the opportunity to meet your fellow classmates (the largest of Saint Leo’s graduating classes), as well as your faculty and advisors, in person. You will experience firsthand University Campus, set in the orange groves of central Florida on the banks of Lake Jovita. You will be able to tour Saint Leo Abbey, home of the Benedictine monks who founded the institution that is your alma mater. Most importantly, you will be giving yourself the gift of celebrating your tremendous accomplishment in the way that all university graduates deserve.

The deadline for Center for Online Learning students to apply for graduation is October 15th, 2013, in order to participate in the ceremony in 2014.

View more information and register for commencement. Please click on graduation application and then enter your standard portal username and password.

Best wishes for the rest of your fall semester.

For more information, please contact the Student Services Department!


Seeking 2014 Commencement Speaker

The Center for Online Learning is seeking a graduating student to represent the Class of 2014 as student speaker at this year’s commencement exercises.

Representing your class as student speaker is a great honor.

If you are interested in representing the Class of 2014 as the student commencement speaker, please email the Student Services Department to receive an application.

Finalists will be asked to use live web-cam to present their entire speech to the Student Commencement Speaker Committee.

All finalists will be asked to schedule a brief telephone interview with the committee to discuss their candidacy and demonstrate their presentation skills.

For more information, please contact the Student Services Department.


Regalia Pick-Up and Information

- To Be Announced