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Graduation

Application

All students who are nearing the completion of degree requirements must submit a degree application to the Registrar's Office for the term in which they intend to graduate. The degree application can be completed through MyFPU.

Participation

Spring Commencement – Degree requirements must be filled by end of the spring semester in order to participate in the ceremony.

  • Exception: Students may be enrolled in 6 units OR two courses (whichever is greater) in the summer semester and still participate in the spring commencement ceremony. These courses must end in the summer semester.

Fall Commencement – Degree requirements must be filled by the end of the fall semester in order to participate in the ceremony.

  • Exception: Students may be enrolled in 6 units OR two courses (whichever is greater) in the subsequent spring semester and still participate in the fall commencement ceremony. These courses must end within the 1st session (first 6 weeks) of the spring semester.

The commencement ceremony and regalia order happen twice a year (May and December). Application for degrees must be submitted by the deadlines below if students are planning on participating in the commencement ceremonies.

Deadlines to submit an application

Priority Registration

  • Degree applications submitted on or before:
    • Spring: October 1 - January 15
    • Fall: 2 weeks before spring semester commencement - August 15
  • $100 degree application fee
  • Name included in the commencement program

Registration period

  • Degree applications submitted following Priority Registration:
    • Spring: January 16 - February 28
    • Fall: August 16 - September 30
  • $100 degree application fee
  • $50 late fee
  • Name included in the commencement program

Late Registration period

  • Degree applications submitted after the Registration period and closing 2 business weeks prior to the ceremony
    • Spring: March 1 - Friday, 2 weeks prior to commencement
    • Fall: October 1 - Friday, 2 weeks prior to commencement
  • $100 degree application fee
  • $50 late fee
  • Name not included in the commencement program

Students that apply after the Late Registration period, 2 weeks prior to the commencement ceremony are not eligible to participate. Non-Petitionable. No exceptions.

Graduation Honors

Traditional Undergraduate and Degree Completion Programs

Latin Honors recognized at commencement ceremonies are calculated off the prior completed semester. Honors are reevaluated at the time of degree conferral. Honors listed in the printed commencement program are provisional since grading may not be complete.

Honors at graduation for baccalaureate recipients are based on a minimum 45-unit residency. Degree honors, based on FPU work attempted, are determined according to the following:

  • Summa Cum Laude       3.90-4.00
  • Magna Cum Laude         3.70-3.89
  • Cum Laude                    3.55-3.69

Posting of Degrees

Completed degrees are posted to transcripts following the completion of all degree requirements and a final evaluation by the Registrar's Office. The final evaluation process may take up to one month following the last term in which coursework was taken.

Degree Completion
Degrees will be conferred on the last day of the student’s last completed session or end of semester in which the degree requirements were satisfied. The actual date of conferral will be the last day of the term, Sunday, in which the degree requirements were satisfied.

TUG and Graduate
Degrees will be conferred on the last day of the student’s last completed session or end of semester in which the degree requirements were satisfied.

Diplomas

Diplomas are mailed approximately one month after your degree has posted to your transcript when all FPU financial obligations have been met. Diplomas are mailed to the address on file. If you need to update the address you have on file, please log into Sunbird Central and do so. If you need to update the name that will be printed on your diploma, please find the appropriate form on the Registrar's Office Forms page.

Fresno Pacific University uses a third-party vendor for diploma printing. You will receive an e-mail that your diploma has been mailed. Once the third party verifies shipment, Fresno Pacific University is not responsible for the tracking of the item. If you experience issues receiving your diploma, please contact your post office.

If you need to order additional copies, please fill out a diploma reprint request form. If damaged, the original diploma must be returned. Reissued diplomas adhere to the current format and bear the signatures of current university officers (no exceptions). A reissue statement appears on all reissued diplomas. Send the completed diploma reprint request form to Registrar@fresno.edu. Shipping fees may apply.

Please note: Diploma covers are only given to students that attend commencement.

Other Information

Career Services

FPU’s Career Development and Experiential Learning Center would like to support your post-graduate career success! All career services are accessible for FPU grads from the main campus, regional campus and online programs. Access services via individual Zoom appointments or self-directed resources through our website.

Services include:

  • Resume and cover letter review
  • Career exploration
  • Education and career planning
  • Grad school applications
  • Job and internship searches (local, national, virtual)
  • Professional networking/connections to employers
  • Informational interviews
  • Interview preparation
  • Salary negotiation preparation
  • Professional skill growth, including emotional intelligence and leadership development
  • On-campus work-study applications

Tell us how we can best support your success by completing this brief survey. It only takes 1-2 minutes.

Contact the Career Development and Experiential Learning Center with your questions or to schedule an appointment at 559-453-2220 or career.services@fresno.edu.

Alumni T-Shirt

For all undergraduate students, we want to celebrate your achievement by giving you a free alumni t-shirt! Simply complete the Alumni T-Shirt Form, and we will mail one to you after commencement.

Alumni t-shirt example

Alumni ID Card

Alumni ID cards are available for a limited time for free to all Fall 2021 graduates. Simply complete this form.

Your FPU alumni ID card offers:

Discounted event admission
Access to Fitness Center membership
Hiebert Library borrowing privileges
10% off at Charlotte’s Coffee Corner (in Alumni Hall on the Main Campus)
Check out more details.