Road to Graduation

Road to Graduation

May 2017 Graduation Application Packet (8/16/2016)

Commencement Videos

2016 Commencement Ceremony Video (Large file)

2015 Commencement Ceremony Video (Large file)

2014 Commencement Ceremony Video (Large file)

2013 Commencement Ceremony Video (Large file)

May 2017 Commencement Dates & Deadlines

To avoid a late charge and ensure timely verification of the Status Sheet, the deadline for submitting an Application for Graduation and appropriate fee is NOVEMBER 7, 2016 (7 months prior to graduation).  A late fee of $100 will be charged on all applications submitted after November 7, 2016.  No applications will be processed after FEBRUARY 3, 2017 (4 months prior to graduation).  Delivery of graduation regalia and diplomas in time for the commencement exercises is guaranteed only if applications are received by February 3, 2017.

Degree Completion Requirements

  1. Satisfactory completion of the semester hour and course distribution requirements of the degree program.
  2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for Bachelors and Masters and 3.0 for Doctoral.
  3. Any exit exams or other assessments administered to the graduating class must be completed by the student prior to the award of his degree.

Applying for Graduation

IT IS THE STUDENT'S SOLE RESPONSIBILITY TO REQUEST AND COMPLETE AN APPLICATION FOR GRADUATION.


The 2017 GRADUATION APPLICATION PACKET has been made available on the Luther Rice Website (above).  Along with the Application for Graduation, the student must submit the appropriate graduation fee and a completed copy of his or her Status Sheet in order to graduate.  The Status Sheet will be reviewed and verified by the Graduation Committee.  The full application, status sheet and graduation fee must be sent to the Registrar’s Office at Luther Rice. 

Students who do not attend the commencement ceremony are still required to submit full application and pay their graduation fee.  All Graduation fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. 

Status Sheet

A copy of your completed Academic Status Sheet must accompany your application for graduation.  The application is considered incomplete without the Academic Status Sheet.  Every student receives an Academic Status Sheet when accepted into a Luther Rice degree program.  Students accepted into any degree program after October 2008 may access and print their status sheet from the MyCampus website under the Academics menu tab.

Students accepted into a degree program prior to October 2008 are required to maintain an updated paper status sheet throughout their degree program.

2017 Graduation Fees

Bachelor: $175.00

Masters: $215.00

Doctoral: $245.00

Late Application Fee: $100.00

Ordering Diploma, Cap & Gown

The graduation fee includes the cost of your diploma, cap and gown.  The Graduation Application requires you to accurately provide your height and weight to insure that your gown fits properly.  Your cap and gown will be available for pick-up from the Luther Rice campus several days prior to graduation day.  You will be given more specific times and dates as your graduation day approaches.  Students who choose not attend commencement will receive their diploma, cap and gown in the mail within 3-to-4 weeks after commencement. 

Graduation Status Tool

The “Graduation Status” link on MyCampus allows you to track your graduation application process.  The link displays which steps in the application process have been completed.  The link is located under the Academics menu tab.

Student Account / Financial Aid Information

The graduate must have a zero student account balance in order to receive student account clearance for graduation.  The graduate can log into their account on MyCampus to check their balance and make payments as necessary.  Graduation fees are non-refundable if for some reason you are unable to graduate.  Payments made immediately prior to graduation must be cash or credit card only.  Student account clearance is one of the final graduation clearances given by Luther Rice.  Therefore, students typically receive clearance the day they pick up their regalia.

If you received any student loans during your studies at Luther Rice, you must complete Exit Counseling in order to receive graduation clearance from the Financial Aid office.  Please visit www.StudentLoans.gov to begin Exit Counseling.  

Graduation Banquet

The annual Graduation Banquet is held the night before commencement.  The graduate’s banquet ticket is complimentary. Tickets for friends and family of the graduate are available for an additional cost.

Location:

First Baptist Church of Snellville
2400 Main St E
Snellville, GA 30078

Date: Thursday, May 18

Time: 6:45 pm (Doors open at 6:15 pm)

No Nursery will be provided.

Graduation Ceremony

Location:

First Baptist Church of Conyers
2100 Highway 138
Conyers, GA 30013

Date: Friday, May 19

Optional Portraits: Friday, 12:00-2:00 pm

Rehearsal: Friday, 2:30 pm

Commencement: 5:00 pm (Graduates in their seats in staging area at 4:30 pm sharp!)

There will be a nursery available, but reservations must be made by May 2nd.

Attendance

Attendance at commencement is highly recommended for every student.  The opportunity to meet classmates from various states and foreign countries is an enriching experience.  A diploma cannot be received until the graduation exercises are completed.  If a student has completed all the requirements for his degree program, but has not graduated, a Letter of Completion may be obtained from the Registrar's office.  The student must still apply and pay the graduation fee.