Graduation is the process whereby your degree is conferred so that you can officially use your new title/credentials. Upon your graduation, (if you have no outstanding financial obligations to the University), your diploma is mailed to you approximately three weeks later.
The last day of each trimester. Upcoming graduation dates are listed below:
Upcoming commencement dates are listed below:
Winter 2020: April 24, 2020
Summer 2020: August 8, 2020
Fall 2020: December 11, 2020
Guest Count: Due to limitations in venue size, our Commencement ceremonies have limited seating. In order to accommodate the available space, each graduate will receive a set number of tickets to the ceremony, which they can distribute to their guests. Generally, each graduate receives approximately 6-8 tickets, but this is only a rough estimate, and may change for a given ceremony based on the number of graduates who register to participate. Once the registration deadline for a particular ceremony has passed, the Registrar’s Office will finalize the number of attendees and distribute tickets to the graduates.
Live-streaming: All Commencement ceremonies at RMUoHP are available to watch via live-stream. We offer this as a way to ensure that family and friends of the graduates can participate in the celebration, even when they are unable to attend in person.
(This is the deadline to apply only – declaring your intent to graduate that semester. Degree requirements must then be met by the last day of the semester.)
– Practicum Completed and Approved (if applicable-reference your curriculum)
– IRB Closure Report approved
– Manuscript incorporating all committee revisions must be submitted to the Director of Research no later than ONE MONTH prior to degree completion deadline
– Receipt of approved, bound dissertation by the University
– Receipt of electronic copy of your final dissertation by the University
– Receipt of electronic copy of your final capstone by the University
– IRB Closure Report approved
–Graduates who have been granted their degrees by the RMUoHP Board of Trustees within the past 18 months and have not already attended a previous ceremony
–Current Students who:
- Are enrolled in their final semester
- Hold a minimum required GPA of 3.00
- Have received approval from their Program Director to attend Commencement
Further Details on Graduation
A degree is conferred when the student has completed all academic, financial, and graduation requirements for the course of study as outlined in the University Handbook and with approval of the Board of Trustees. All students must complete program coursework with a minimum GPA of 3.0. DSc and PhD degree students must additionally pass a qualifying exam, complete practicum hours (as applicable), and satisfy all the steps in the dissertation process (committee formation, proposal development and defense, IRB approval) leading to the final defense and subsequent submission and acceptance of the bound dissertation. DNP and SLP students must additionally complete and successfully defend the capstone project (which may also require intermediate steps such as proposal defense, capstone advisor approval, and submission of the bound copy of the capstone project).
Students must apply for graduation by completing the graduation application. A graduation fee of $75 for all degree programs is due before the application can be processed. After the application is submitted, the Registrar’s Office conducts an audit of academic records and the University Finance Office audits the financial records. Students who clear the academic audit and desire their diplomas/transcripts released upon degree conferral must be cleared by the financial audit.
Recommendations for degree conferral require sequential approval of the Program Director or Co-Directors, the Provost, and the President, who recommends conferral to the Board of Trustees (BoT). The Chair of the BoT confers all degrees awarded by RMUoHP. Following BoT approval, the degree is officially conferred, and the graduate can begin using the credentials once notified by the Registrar’s Office. The following will occur once the Registrar’s Office is notified of the BoT action: 1) the Registrar’s Office will notify the student of approval via email or other written format, 2) the diploma will be ordered, and 3) the diploma will be mailed to the student with a copy of the final official transcript. Those students who have completed all academic requirements and have had their degree conferred, but who also have outstanding financial obligations to the University, will not receive official transcripts and diplomas until cleared by the University Finance Office.