Graduation AwardsThe Student Graduation Awards are presented at each commencement to graduating seniors who were nominated by a member of the campus community. Award recipients will be presented with their award at the Commencement ceremony. The nomination form can be found on the Portal.Orsia F. Young Leadership AwardThe Orsia F. Young Leadership Award is conferred on one graduating student from each academic school who has performed in an outstanding manner as a leader in the University community, initiated action, motivated others to do so, and has been an agent for positive change in the university.There is only one recipient for each of the following awards at each graduation:Stevenson University PinThe SU Pin Award is the most comprehensive honor the University confers on one graduating senior whose total personal performance is meritorious, including academic achievement, independence, integrity of thought and action, reliability, respect for others, and involvement in University or community affairs.Elizabeth McWethy AwardThe Elizabeth McWethy Award is bestowed from time to time upon one student who has demonstrated exceptional creativity, manifested genuine concern for society, and has actively influenced the lives of others.Marion and Henry J. Knott Achievement AwardThe Marion and Henry J. Knott Achievement Award is presented to one graduating student who has demonstrated the ability to achieve academically, to reach out to the needs of others at the University, and to persevere toward a goal while also managing major primary responsibilities outside the life of the University.Dean's Award for Exceptional ScholarshipThe Dean's Award for Exceptional Scholarship is conferred from time to time on one graduating student who has performed academically in a particularly exceptional way, has demonstrated unique intellectual ability and initiative, and has contributed to the academic pursuits of his or her peers.President's Award for Scholarly and Creative AchievementThe President's Award for Scholarly and Creative Achievement is conferred from time to time on a graduating student whose total performance has been marked in a striking fashion by singular creativity and by the depth of his or her intellectual interest and performance in all subject areas.John Mitchell AwardThe John Mitchell Award is presented to one student who has demonstrated outstanding service to his or her community in a way that exemplifies the values of Stevenson University's mission.Dorothy Stang AwardThe Dorothy Stang award is conferred upon a graduating senior who best exemplifies devotion to the good of the wider community as reflected in the life of Dorothy Stang, a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, the founders of Stevenson University. Stang's commitment to bringing social justice to the underprivileged in Brazil led to her murder. The Stang Award honors integrity, courage in the face of adversity, and a willingness to act on convictions without regard to consequence. Embodying the most cherished values that an education from Stevenson University instills in its students, the recipient of the Stang Award reaches out to members of the community who have financial, spiritual, social, or cultural needs. Our recipient is a "reflective and accomplished individual committed to a lifetime of learning and contribution" (SU Mission Statement).Outstanding Part-Time Student AwardThe University's award for Outstanding Part-time Student is conferred on a graduating part-time student who has demonstrated commitment to higher education, the determination to succeed, a high standard of academic achievement, and has contributed in a tangible manner to the University while balancing many other personal and professional obligations.
When should I start thinking about graduation?
As registration approaches for your final semester, you should review your Degree Audit in WebXpress and consult with your academic advisor to determine if your remaining courses can be completed in the upcoming semester. When you register for your final semester, you should submit the application for graduation either through WebXpress or in the Registrar's Office.
What do I look for in Degree Audit?
Check your credit summary. "Pending (Anticipated Complete)" means all of your completed classes, all your current classes, and any pre-registered/registered future term classes are in place. In the credits portion of the report (just below "credit summary") you should see "0.00? under the "Remaining" column.
What if I don't have a "Pending (Anticipated Complete)" status?
A status of "In Progress" means something is missing. Look for anything in your Degree Audit that has a notation of "Not Met," "1 course needed," "more subjects" and/or any number other than "0.00? under credits "Remaining." If you have questions, contact your academic advisor.
Why must I apply for graduation?
Your application for graduation triggers the creation of a graduation record for you. Your name becomes part of a list of potential graduating students. There will be an official review of your academic record to verify that you have met or will meet all academic requirements for your degree program. Following the review of your record, you will receive notification about your graduation status sent to your SU email. You will also be able to receive email communication regarding commencement and other graduation events.
Do I need to apply for graduation if I do not want to walk across the stage?
Yes! All eligible graduating students are required to submit an application for graduation.
Is there a deadline to apply for graduation?
- May and August graduates must apply by January 1
- December graduates must apply by August 1
How do I know if I can walk at Commencement?
May Commencement: Students who are completing their degree in May (end of spring term) or August (end of summer term) are eligible to participate in the May Commencement ceremony.
December Commencement: Students who are completing their degree in December (end of fall term) are eligible to participate in the December Commencement ceremony.
Does walking across the stage mean that I graduated?
No. Participating in Commencement only means that you walked across the stage. Degrees are awarded only after all required courses are complete with minimum required credits and grades earned for all courses. If we have not received your final grades for all courses including internships and study abroad, or any outstanding transcripts from other colleges, then all requirements have not been met. You will be "graduated" once all final grades have been received and all University and program requirements are complete. Degrees are conferred in May, August, and December.
How will I know that my degree has been awarded?
In WebXpress, under "Academic Profile" tab, click on "My Profile" and scroll to the bottom of the page. Your degree information will appear in this section.
When will I receive my diploma?
Your diploma will be mailed the month following graduation, once all final grades have been received and all University and program requirements are complete. Diplomas are sent to the address listed on your application for graduation via standard U.S. mail.
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