BC Online Commencement

Letter from the Office of Academics

Schedule of events, dress code, and other information for the upcoming ceremony.

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Bryan College confers degrees three times each calendar year: early May, late August and late December. There is one commencement ceremony each year in early May, the first Saturday following the close of the traditional spring semester. See calendar.

Applications for Graduation

In order to be considered for graduation each student must submit an Application for Graduation (choose your program below) no later than 3 months prior to graduation. If the application is submitted after this point we may not have a diploma available for you on the day of your commencement ceremony.

It is the student’s responsibility to know and understand what is required of him/her in order to complete degree requirements by the desired time.

Portfolio Deadline

(not applicable to associate’s or master’s degree students)

In order to be considered for the May commencement ceremony, portfolios must be completed and submitted by March 1 to allow for evaluation and credits to be posted by May 1.

In order to be considered a May graduate and receive a diploma with a May date all documents, final grades, official transcripts, portfolio evaluations, test scores, etc. must be received in the Registrar’s Office no later than the Monday prior to commencement.

Latin Honors

(not applicable to associate’s or master’s degree students)

Bryan College awards honors based on the final cumulative grade point average. In order to earn graduation honors you must earn a minimum of 48 hours through coursework at Bryan College. Your grade point average is based only on courses taken at Bryan College. Honors will be noted on your academic transcript once the degree has been posted.

Honors are awarded as follows: cum laude 3.6 – 3.74; magna cum laude 3.75-3.89; summa cum laude 3.9-4.0. Note that GPAs are not rounded.

If you are participating in the commencement ceremony you will be given an honor cord to wear – red for cum laude, silver for magna cum laude and gold for summa cum laude. These cords will be distributed at the rehearsal.


Your actual diploma will not be included in the case that you receive on stage at graduation. If your account with the Business Office is clear, your diploma can be picked up in the Registrar’s Office immediately following the graduation ceremony. If your application for graduation was submitted late we may not have a diploma for you on commencement day. If you are completing all degree requirements by August or December the diplomas will be ordered subsequent to the graduation date and you will be notified when they are available.


Your degree will be posted to your academic transcript within two weeks following graduation. You will be sent an unofficial student copy of your final transcript about one month following your graduation. This copy should be kept for your own records. If you need an official transcript you must request it in writing.

Outstanding Balances with the Business Office

We will not be able to release your diploma to you if there is an outstanding balance in the Business Office. This includes tuition, fees, fines, CPL charges and the graduation fee. In order to receive your diploma on commencement day your account must be paid in full two days before the ceremony.

Graduation Fee

Your graduation fee is due prior to the anticipated graduation date whether or not you plan to participate in the ceremony. Contact your advisor or financial aid for more information.

Caps and Gowns/Invitations

All BC Online graduates will be responsible to order their own regalia and have it shipped to their home. The cost of regalia will be covered by the graduation fee; however, the graduate will be responsible for the shipping fees. Contact the college store at bookstore@bryan.edu or 423.775.7271 for additional information.