Graduation Information

PARTICIPATION IN THE GRADUATION CEREMONY

Students who have completed their degree requirements before the graduation date and have fulfilled the graduation candidacy requirements should participate in the graduation ceremony. However, in certain situations, students who have nearly completed their degree requirements may be permitted to participate. Students who will complete their degree in the summer session should petition the Academic Affairs Committee to participate and march in the graduation ceremony. The following guidelines will safeguard the integrity of the event:

GRADUATION SCHEDULE

Graduation ceremonies are intended to recognize and celebrate the achievement of students who have completed all their degree requirements. The responsibility for meeting the graduation requirements rests primarily with the student.

Conferral of degrees normally takes place once a year at the end of the spring semester. However, if students complete the graduation requirements at the end of either the fall semester or the summer session, they may be issued a diploma dated at that time. The text on the diploma appears both in Arabic and in English. It is the responsibility of the graduates to have their diplomas equalized by their respective government(s).

UNDERGRADUATE GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Before participating in the graduation ceremony or receiving a diploma, each undergraduate candidate must:

GRADUATE GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

To become candidates for graduation, graduate students must:

GRADUATION IN ABSENTIA

Graduates are expected to participate in the graduation ceremony. However, for a legitimate reason only, graduates may request to absent themselves from the graduation ceremony, at least two weeks before graduation. In this case, they must fill out a form, and a written permission to graduate in absentia must be granted by the president of the University. A student graduating in absentia has to pay the full graduation fee. A student who is absent without notice may be subject to an additional fee.

GRADUATION WITH DISTINCTION To qualify
Cum Laude: a minimum grade-point average of 3.50
Magna Cum Laude: a minimum grade-point average of 3.75
Summa Cum Laude: a minimum grade-point average of 3.90

Undergraduate students who graduate with honors will have that status designated on their diploma.