Academic Information

Each student is personally responsible for understanding and completing all requirements for an academic degree. While the academic advisor will assist the student with this process, the advisor will not assume responsibility for these activities.

During the ceremony each graduate will be presented a diploma cover. Graduates will receive diplomas by mail. Diplomas will be mailed approximately six weeks after graduation.

Except as listed below, no student will be allowed to walk in Commencement unless they have completed all graduation requirements.  We will allow students who have a documented ability to complete all graduation requirements by taking no more than two courses in the May and Summer terms to walk with the recommendation of the Dean of the School to which their major is affiliated. These students must be registered for the May and Summer courses.

Graduation Requirements
The student is responsible for ensuring that he/she complies with all regulations and complete all degree requirements. Requirements for graduation are determined by a dual system reflecting both the quality and quantity of a student’s work. These are expressed in terms of semester credit hours and in a calculated grade point average (GPA) derived from assigned course grades.

A candidate for a bachelor’s degree must complete a minimum of one hundred twenty (120) semester hours of credit of academic work. At least twenty-five percent (25%) or 30 credit hours of the Cumberland University degree requirement must be taken at Cumberland University. At least twenty-five percent (25%) of upper division credit hours (300-400 numbered courses) for the degree must be earned at Cumberland University. The candidate must complete those courses required in the General Education Core (GEC), the specific requirements for a chosen major and sufficient elective hours to complete the total credit hours requirement. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.00 is required for all course work taken and accepted at Cumberland University. A student must earn a grade of “C” or better in each course required by the academic major.

Students continuously enrolled in Cumberland University ordinarily will be allowed to graduate under the catalog that is current when they enter Cumberland University, provided graduation is within eight (8) years of the time of that entrance date and the required courses are still in the University curriculum. Cumberland University will make every effort to honor curricula listed in the student’s entering Catalog. The University reserves the right to change degree requirements due to federal or state government licensure changes, to regulatory agency mandated modification, or to other extenuating circumstances. Continuously enrolled students may elect to graduate under any one (1) catalog in use during the eight-year period with approval of the Dean of the appropriate School. If a student is not in continuous enrollment in the University, he/she must meet all requirements listed in the catalog including regulations that are in effect at the time of his/her return. Exceptions to this policy may be requested in writing to the Dean of the appropriate School.

Degree requirements for each academic major offered by the University are published in this document. All academic degree requirement modifications must be approved by the Vice President of Academic Affairs and by the appropriate Dean. Students must submit degree requirement modification requests in writing to the Registrar.

The curriculum is designed to ensure that students study a common body of knowledge covering a broad range of disciplines. The purpose is to see that students develop those skills necessary for analytical thinking, for communicating ideas, and for choosing an area of study that will be rewarding. The General Education Core (GEC) includes this common body of knowledge.

The University reserves the right to hold diplomas and/or transcripts until the student has satisfied his/her university obligations.

Graduation With Honors
The diplomas of graduating seniors receiving baccalaureate degrees will show honors categories based on the following scale:

Cum Laude 3.50 – 3.74 GPA

Magna Cum Laude 3.75 – 3.89 GPA

Summa Cum Laude 3.90 – 4.00 GPA

These honors categories are announced at commencement based on a student’s cumulative grade point average (GPA) at the end of the semester preceding the commencement ceremony. The honors category is calculated on the combined cumulative grade point average of all accepted college transfer credit hours and Cumberland University course work at the end of the semester preceding the commencement ceremony. Graduating seniors are not eligible for honors until they have completed at least twenty-five percent (25%) of the total semester hours required for the degree in upper division (300-400 numbered courses) credit hours through Cumberland University. If at commencement, a student’s cumulative grade point average (GPA) would allow a higher category than that determined at the end of the semester proceeding the graduation semester, the student will receive a diploma indicating the higher category. Courses may not be repeated for the purpose of raising an honors category. The student’s official transcript will reflect the appropriate honors category based on the cumulative GPA of all accepted college transfer work and all Cumberland University course work.