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Commencement Information

Commencement Ceremony

Each year, USU holds a commencement ceremony at a select location in the greater San Diego area honoring all graduates from the academic year. Graduates receive their diplomas within 90 days of completing their program, and will have indicated their interest in participating in the ceremony on the graduation application. An invitation to RSVP for the event, which will also include ticket information, will be sent to student USU emails. Undergraduate degree candidates who are within 12 credits of program completion or graduate degree candidates within 6 credits of program completion on the date of commencement will be invited to participate in the ceremony.

2019 Graduation Ceremony Information

Location: Mission Valley Marriott | 8757 Rio San Diego Drive, San Diego CA 92108 
Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019
Time: 10am

Student Commencement Guide

Academic Honors

Recognition is rarely in short supply at USU. Teachers frequently congratulate those who achieve great things in the classroom, and students often congratulate each other on their success. Each year, however, USU recognizes a select group of individuals who earn outstanding grades in their studies. Students who demonstrate exceptionally high academic scores are eligible for graduation honors. Academic honors are posted to the final transcript when the student’s degree is conferred. These honors include:

Undergraduate Students
Summa Cum Laude graduates hold a GPA of 3.80-4.00.
Magna Cum Laude graduates hold a GPA of 3.65-3.79.
Cum Laude graduates hold a GPA of 3.50-3.64

Graduate Students
Graduate students who with a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or above will be eligible for graduation honors and awarded the status of “With Distinction.”


Graduation Application, Caps & Gowns
Complete your Graduation Application by using the following link: Graduation Application
Caps and gowns must be ordered directly from Josten’s.