Graduation Policies

Academic Eligibility Requirement

Candidates for graduation must successfully complete all curriculum requirements and hold a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 for undergraduate degrees and 3.0 for graduate degrees. Additionally, a minimum portion of the program requirements must have been met through course work successfully completed at American Sentinel University.

  • Bachelor’s-level candidates for graduation must have achieved a minimum of 25 percent of their required credits at American Sentinel (not through articulation or transfer credit). If an undergraduate student transfers 80 percent of the credits required for a certain degree to American Sentinel, he/she must still earn 25 percent of the degree’s required credits at American Sentinel.
  • Master’s-level candidates for graduation must achieve a minimum of 50 percent of their required course work at American Sentinel.
  • DNP level candidates for graduation must complete a minimum of 85% (36 semester credits) of their required course work at American Sentinel. This does not include bridge courses required of candidates without an MSN.

Graduation Date

A student’s graduation date falls on the last day of the month in which he/she successfully completes his/her course work (and fulfills all record and financial obligations to the university), , not the date of the final course completion or the date of the commencement ceremony. This date will appear on the transcript, degree, diploma or certificate, as well as in all external reports and verifications of graduation. The registrar is responsible for making sure all graduation dates are correct.

All students receiving federal financial aid are given an expected graduation date at the time of enrollment. The registrar adjusts the expected graduation dates based on changes in a student’s progress through the program. Adjusting expected graduation dates is an ongoing process.

Degree, Diploma and Certificate Format

Upon determining a student’s eligibility for graduation, the university will confer the appropriate degree, diploma or certificate. All degrees, diplomas and certificates awarded include the following:

  • Graduate’s name
  • Name of the school, city and state
  • Title of the degree, diploma or certificate
  • Latin honors (undergraduate only)
  • The school seal
  • Signature of the chief administrators

Posthumous Degrees or Diplomas

A posthumous degree or diploma may be awarded at the discretion of the Chief Academic Officer and the president.

Late Graduates

If all graduation requirements are met by the last day of the add/drop period following the expected graduation date, the graduate will receive a degree, diploma or certificate bearing the graduation date of the term that just ended. If a student does not resolve any graduation deficiencies until after this deadline, he or she will be considered a late graduate. Late graduates will graduate with the next available class after resolving all academic graduation deficiencies. Any exceptions to this policy involving extensions beyond the final graduation deadline must be approved and documented by the Chief Academic Officer.

Disclaimers in Commencement Programs

Students enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program may participate in the commencement ceremony if they are within nine credit hours of completing their degree requirements. Students enrolled in a doctoral degree program may participate in the commencement ceremony if they have successfully completed the final defense of their project and are within nine credit hours of completing their degree requirements.

Latin Honors

The Latin honors program recognizes academic excellence achieved throughout the duration of a student’s entire undergraduate career. Eligibility for the three categories of Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) is based on the cumulative grade point average for all course work at American Sentinel University.

Undergraduate students are recognized at commencement and on their diploma with honors levels:

Summa Cum Laude Magna Cum Laude Cum Laude
3.9 and up 3.75-3.89 3.5-3.74