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General Graduation Information

APUS confers degrees 6 times a year on the first day of the months of February, April, June, August, October, and December. If you are in a certificate program, APUS awards certificates on the first day of each month.

"Conferral date" is defined as the date on which your degree is officially awarded. Due to outstanding financial obligations, outstanding grade appeals, or established conferral schedules, you may actually complete your degree requirements before your degree is officially conferred.

To be eligible for conferral of your degree or awarding of your certificate program, you must:

  • Have fulfilled all course requirements in your program.
  • Have a GPA of 2.0 if you are in an undergraduate program or 3.0 if you are in a graduate program.
  • Fulfilled all program requirements within the published program deadline.
  • Completed all course requirements within 150% of courses attempted vs. courses successfully passed.
  • Applied for graduation and passed all applicable audits.
  • Have no outstanding balances.

It is critical that you maintain an accurate email address and shipping address in your student record. You will incur additional charges if we need to reship misdirected diplomas or transcripts due to a shipping address that is not valid. Your conferral could also be delayed if you are not receiving notifications of outstanding graduation process requirements.

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Your conferral date will not be reflected on any transcript you order until the conferral date has occurred regardless of when you received final clearance for your program.

For more information on GPA requirements, program deadline requirements, or SAP requirements (150% rules), please see the What to Know Before You Start Your Program Doctoral, Graduate or Undergraduate section of the Student Handbook.

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