Graduation Requirements

In order to participate in the Spring Commencement, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Verify that you have fulfilled all Graduation Requirements
  2. Complete your Graduation Application by March 23, 2017
  3. Complete the Commencement RSVP by March 23, 2017
  4. Purchase your regalia

1. Graduation Requirements

Undergraduate Requirements

  • 30 semester hours must be taken at Liberty. Exceptions are 24 semester hours in a 30-semester hour program and 15 hours for the Associates of Arts program
  • 50 percent of the major work and 50 percent of the minor work must be completed at Liberty University.  (This will vary for military students on a SOC agreement).
  • The student should refer to the GPA requirements for their specified degree.
  • The student must have a sufficient number of upper level hours as designated on the Degree Completion Plan. Only grades of "C" or above in upper level courses may be included, as pertaining to the student's major.
  • All Christian/Community Service requirements must be satisfied before a degree will be awarded (resident students only).
  • All degree completion plan requirements must be fulfilled.

This information has been taken from the Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Graduate Requirements

  • All degree completion plan requirements must be fulfilled.
  • Each program has varying requirements that are specific to the individual program, in order to confirm your degree completion contact your Academic Evaluator.

Academic Evaluators by Program


In order to participate in the May Commencement ceremony, a student must be actively enrolled in all required coursework prior to the Graduation Application submission deadline; however, a student may still participate with two courses remaining if they are enrolled, or plan to enroll as soon as summer registration opens, in those final courses in the summer term following commencement through Liberty University. For work done outside of Liberty University (transfer, CLEP, ICE, etc.), a student must provide proof of completion (transcript with final grade) to either their CASAS Advisor, Academic Evaluator, or to the Registrar’s Office before the Graduation Application submission deadline.

By signing this form, I agree to complete all remaining coursework as described above. Submission of this form requests approval to participate in the 2017 Liberty University Commencement exercises; however, submission of this form does not imply approval of participation. I understand that the approval to participate does not mean that I have completed my course requirements, or that my degree will be awarded.

Degree in Passing

  • Degree in passing students are eligible to attend Commencement only if they’ve successfully completed all degree requirements prior to, or in, the Spring 2017 semester.
  • They are not eligible for the exception. No degree in passing student will be approved to participate in Commencement and finish degree requirements in summer.


Certificate Students

  • Certificate students are also eligible to attend Commencement only if they’ve successfully completed all certificate requirements prior to, or in, the Spring 2017 semester.
  • They are not eligible for the exception. No CRT student will be approved to participate in Commencement and finish degree requirements in summer.


Thesis/Dissertation Eligibility Requirements

If you are a prospective spring graduate in a degree program requiring a thesis, final project or dissertation, you must meet the following criteria in order to participate in the Commencement ceremonies:

  • You must be enrolled in your thesis/dissertation/project (690/890/990) defense course for the spring semester.
  • You must also be enrolled in any other outstanding degree requirements for the Spring semester.
  • You must successfully defend your thesis/dissertation/project prior to the university-wide deadline of April 30. NOTE: Individual programs may choose to establish earlier deadlines for their students. For questions regarding your defense, please contact your thesis/dissertation/project chair/mentor.


2. Graduation Application

  1. The Graduation Application must be submitted online through ASIST.  From the Student tab in ASIST, click on "Student Records" and then "Apply To Graduate".
  2. A Graduation Application must be completed by March 23, 2017 in order to guarantee the student's name will appear in the 2016 Commencement Program.
  3. A graduation application must be completed before a degree will be conferred. This application will provide important information for the preparation of your diploma.
  4. Be aware of the I UNDERSTAND THAT section on the Graduation Application. If you have any questions please contact the Registrar’s Office at (434) 592-5100 or
  5. The $100 Graduation Application fee will be assessed by the Student Accounts Office within 1-2 weeks of the Graduation Application being submitted and the fee will be added to the student's account for the semester in which the application is submitted.*

If any information on a Graduation Application needs to be changed after it has been submitted, please email your Academic Evaluator or CASAS Advisor.

*“If you are currently utilizing your GI Bill® and would like for the graduation fee of $100 to be funded by the GI Bill®, your graduation application must be submitted during your last term of courses. If your graduation application is received after the completion of your final courses, or during a term where you are not enrolled in courses, the GI Bill® cannot cover the $100 fee and you will be responsible to cover this charge. For more information, please contact”



GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at