2022-2023 Academic Catalog

Graduation Information

Conferring Degrees and Awarding Diplomas

Degrees are conferred and diplomas are awarded at the end of each semester and summer term. Formal commencement exercises take place at the end of each Fall and Spring term. Diplomas normally are mailed to the student after the official graduation audit period barring any outstanding obligations to Concordia-Chicago. Students graduating in the summer term may participate in the commencement ceremony for the following fall term. If a student has 6 credits or less to complete their degree they can participate in the ceremony earlier than their graduation term.  

Application for Graduation

Students planning to graduate must complete an Intent to Graduate application form by the appropriate deadline. The application form can be found on a student’s portal in electronic format. Failure to submit the online form by this deadline will prevent consideration for graduation. A graduation fee will be assessed for each Intent to Graduate Form submitted. The submission of the Intent to Graduate Form initiates the final degree audit, mailings for graduation, the diploma order and the graduation fee. It also establishes the candidate list for faculty approval.

Graduation Requirements

  • File an Intent to Graduate before the designated deadline.
  • Complete the designated credit hours as detailed in the curriculum, relevant to the individual’s degree program.
  • Attain the required cumulative GPA designated by the College in which the student is enrolled.
  • Complete residency requirements.
  • In addition to satisfying the overall minimum credits for a given degree, major, minor, and special programs such as Concordia Honors Program or Pre-Seminary Program course requirements are also necessary, if they have been declared. Deficiency in any area of the program will delay awarding the degree and require a new intent to graduate is filed in alignment with completion of requirements. Students may elect to drop minors or other programs if they present an obstacle for graduation, however, the term assigned to awarding degrees will be consistent with the term the program change is submitted. Please note, students are subject to additional fees when subsequent intent forms are filed.
  • If entry was that of a freshman with less than 30 semester hours of credit, an official high school transcript indicating date of graduation must be on file in the Registrar’s Office. Transfer students or students with transfer credit also must have on file official transcripts from all colleges attended.
  • Complete payment of all fees and tuition due Concordia University Chicago.
  • Attain approval of the faculty.

Residence Requirements for Graduation

At least one academic year (30 hours) of study in residence on campus will be required for graduation, preferably the last year before graduation. At least 15 of the last 30 hours in the student’s program must be taken in residence; at least five of the last 30 hours must be taken in residence within five years prior to graduation. Half of the hours in each major must be done in residence. These residency requirements may be waived in whole or in part when a student is enrolled in a collaborative program that CUC has officially approved through a consortium or contractual agreement with a partnering institution.

Graduation with Honors

For graduation with honors a student must have earned at least 60 hours in residency at CUC, including the final semester before graduation. At least 42 of the 60 hours must be GPA hours. The cumulative grade-point average will include only work completed at Concordia-Chicago, excluding the last semester prior to graduation.

GPA Range Honor
3.90 - 4.00 summa cum laude
3.70 - 3.89 magna cum laude
3.50 - 3.69 cum laude