Commencement is held once a year in the spring. Degrees are conferred twice each year: spring and summer. The Graduation Application is valid for either a spring or summer graduation in that current academic year. (See below for Graduation Application)
The fee for graduation from an Iliff degree program is $200. Should plans to graduate change, the Registrar must be informed and a new application for graduation must be submitted. The fee for this new application is $25. Persons who have changed their degree programs must be in the new program at least two quarters before they are eligible for graduation.
All requirements for the degree must be completed and all grades for prospective graduates are due by noon on the Thursday of the last week of the quarter. Students are responsible for informing their instructors that they are prospective graduates. Instructors determine when work is due to meet this deadline. Prospective graduates who have Incompletes must also meet this deadline. Upon recommendation of the Academic Vice-President/Dean and by vote of the faculty, a student may be recommended to the Board of Trustees for graduation after meeting the following requirements:
- Completion of required quarter credits, with a cumulative grade point average of 2.25 or better.
- Completion of all degree and concentration requirements.
Students alone are ultimately responsible for determining and fulfilling the requirements of their degree program and other academic requirements. If advice obtained is contrary to published statements of the School or observed practices of the School, the student is advised to seek clarification from the degree program director, Academic Vice-President/Dean or other appropriate Iliff officials.
GRADUATION WITH DISTINCTION
By vote of the faculty, a master’s student with a grade point average of 3.95* or better may be graduated "With Distinction." In order to qualify for this honor, at least 80% of a student's academic work must be evaluated by letter grades.
Students transferring to Iliff will be expected to complete at least 80% of their Iliff work with letter grades and 3.95 GPA. The cumulative grade average, including transferred work, must also be 3.95 or better.
*Students who matriculated before June 2015 fall under the following policy:
By vote of the faculty, a master’s student with a grade point average of 3.75 or better may be graduated "With Distinction." In order to qualify for this honor, at least two-thirds of a student's academic work must be evaluated by letter grades. Students transferring to Iliff will be expected to complete at least two-thirds of their Iliff work with letter grades and 3.75 GPA. The cumulative grade average, including transferred work, must also be 3.75 or better.