Latest Updates on Graduation Day
2022 News & Updates
May 4, 2022 – Relive Graduation Day 2022 at Finlandia University | Photo Gallery
May 4, 2022 – Finlandia honors graduating Class of 2022
April 27, 2022 – Vance Blackfox to be Finlandia University’s 2022 Commencement Keynote Speaker
April 25, 2022 – Everything you need to know about Graduation Week 2022
April 15, 2022 – Nursing Major, Arty Puntus, named 2022 Student Representative
April 14, 2022 – Academic Achievement Committee names 2022 Honors & Awards recipients
2022 Commencement Program: Here
2022 Commencement Photos: Here
Graduation honors are determined by a student’s cumulative GPA at Finlandia University. To achieve graduation honors at the associate degree level, students must have earned a minimum of 30 credits at Finlandia University. To achieve graduation honors at the baccalaureate degree level, students must have earned a minimum of 60 credits at Finlandia University.
The specific academic honor, calculated at the end of the fall semester of the student’s graduation year, is included in the commencement program, and the distinction is displayed on the student’s graduation gown or cap. However, the final cumulative GPA determined after all grades are recorded determines the academic honor posted on the student’s transcript.
APPLICATION FOR GRADUATION
For those graduating spring or summer of 2022, please be aware that you are required to complete and submit a graduation application. This application will be audited to verify whether or not you have completed all requirements for graduation. These should be returned as soon as possible. Students that do not submit this in advance of the January before their last semester may risk not having all required classes for graduation.
Your advisor can help you fill out the form and work to have the information as accurate as possible prior to you submitting it. The graduation application has been emailed to your advisors or you can download it from the Registrar’s forms and policies page.
If you have any questions regarding the process, contact the registrar’s office.
Students who successfully complete their degree requirements by the end of the spring semester, and have applied for graduation, are generally eligible to participate in the spring baccalaureate and commencement ceremonies. A student must achieve, by mid-term of the semester, a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or above, and no incomplete (I) grades may appear on a student’s transcript after March 30th.
An Associate degree student who has six or less credits to complete, and has registered to complete those credits during the summer session immediately following the ceremony, may participate in the Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies.
Bachelor degree students who have two remaining program-required courses at the 300/400 level, and are registered to complete those courses during the summer session immediately following spring commencement are eligible to participate in the spring Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies.
Typically completed prior to graduation, the purpose of a degree audit is to confirm that all degree program requirements have been fulfilled. After students register for their final semester at Finlandia University, they should apply for both graduation and a degree audit.
To track progress fulfilling degree program requirements, academic progress sheets for all programs are available at the registrar’s office and in the Finlandia University Catalog. For each academic program, the progress sheet lists course requirements on one side and suggested course sequence on the reverse. Each academic year, progress sheets are updated to reflect any program changes.
Students follow the progress sheet applicable to their year of entry into Finlandia University. Alternatively, students may choose to follow the program and degree requirements on a subsequent progress sheet. However, students may not combine requirements from progress sheets of different academic years. Students who interrupt their schooling at Finlandia University for more than one academic year forfeit the option to follow the Academic Progress Sheet of their original year of entry.
To be granted a second bachelor’s degree from Finlandia University in a different program, program requirements completed for the second bachelor’s degree must total at least 36 credits beyond the credits completed for the first bachelor’s degree. To be granted a second associate degree in a different program, program requirements completed for the second associate degree must total at least 24 credits beyond the credits completed for the first associate degree.