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Graduation Requirements Checklist


In order for students to qualify for participation in the graduation ceremony, they must be considered a full-time senior by February 1 of the graduating year.

If a student is transferring from another school and only completing their senior year with us here at LUOA, they will need to complete a minimum of 5.5 credits with the Academy.

Returning LUOA students need to be full time in their senior year in order to graduate.

If a student was homeschooled, additional credits may be required if proper documentation cannot be provided for previous coursework. Please contact the Academic Advising Office for more information.

Students who are seniors graduating in the class of 2024 should have received an invitation detailing their next steps in February of 2024.


All students graduating from LUOA, regardless of program or Commencement participation, must complete a Degree Completion Application.

  1. Open this page.
  2. Select your program
  3. Select your term 
  4. Select your preferred diploma name
  5. Select your mailing address for the diploma 
  6. Review and submit the application

Please note: Submission of a Degree Completion Application does not automatically RSVP you for Commencement. Please see below for additional RSVP information.


A Degree Completion Application Fee of $75* will be added to the student account. This fee also applies to students who don’t plan on attending Commencement.

This fee covers things such as the diploma, diploma covers, shipping costs, etc.

It can take up to 2 weeks for the Degree Completion Application Fee to be added to the student account.

The student account balance must be $0 before we can send a diploma or academic transcript. Please see below for more information.

*Please note: Students in an associate degree track must pay a Degree Completion Application Fee totaling $175. This includes $75 for the high school diploma and $100 for the associate degree diploma.

Students earning a certificate must pay a Degree Completion Application Fee totaling $125. This includes $75 for the high school diploma and $50 for the certificate.

Students who have not received their diploma and fail to notify the university within a year of the diploma being mailed, will have to reorder

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Graduation Ceremony

Review all of the details and find out more information about the Commencement festivities in Lynchburg, Va. Please make sure you submit your RSVP!

Graduation Ceremony
Female LUOA student receiving an award on stage


We have several awards that are presented to distinguished seniors during the LUOA graduation ceremony, such as Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and Community Service. Find more information on our Awards page.

Graduation Awards
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Life After LUOA

Prepare for your future life after LUOA and take a look at some of the schools our past LUOA graduates have gone on to attend as well as biographies from past graduates!

Life After LUOA

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