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Commencement Ceremony

Female Graduate


The Registrar



Commencement ceremonies are usually held the Saturday following finals at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. A letter containing more information about the May graduation ceremony will be mailed to all prospective graduates in February.

Caps, gowns and announcements

USF students can receive information on ordering caps, gowns, tassels and personalized announcements for Commencement at Watch for more information on the dates for the graduation fair.


Diplomas are distributed once a year at the commencement ceremony if a student has met all degree requirements and there are no holds on the student’s account. If all degree requirements have not been met at the time of commencement, diplomas will be distributed at a later date.

If a student does not attend the commencement ceremonies, the student must request to pick up or mailing of the diploma from the Registrar’s Office.

December graduates may request an official transcript as proof of their degree conferral in December.

Students who complete their coursework in a summer term may participate in graduation ceremonies in May.

Honors at Graduation

Honors are conferred at graduation upon students who have maintained scholastic excellence. Those with a 3.5 cumulative GPA graduate ―with honor‖; those with a 3.7 ―with high honor; and those with 3.9 ―with highest honor. To graduate with honors, a student must have earned at least 32 hours for an Associate degree and 64
hours for a Bachelor degree from the University of Saint Francis. In order for honors to be announced at graduation, the student must have completed all classes by the end of the second summer session. The GPA used to determine honors at graduation includes quality points earned only from the University of Saint Francis.


The graduating student with the highest cumulative grade point average, including transfer work, in each academic school is valedictorian of his/her school. To be eligible for this honor, the student must have earned at least 96 semester hours from the University of Saint Francis. This student will be recognized at his/her school‘s annual honors convocation.