Frequently Asked Questions
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You did it! You got the education - and the degree or certificate - you worked so hard to achieve. And we want to help you celebrate that achievement at this year's commencement ceremony. Here's a list of questions new graduates commonly have concerning commencement.

What day isCommencement?

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Saturday, August 4, 2018

What time isCommencement?

The Commencement Ceremony is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. We ask that graduates arrive for registration STARTING at 12:30 p.m. so we ...

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The Commencement Ceremony is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. We ask that graduates arrive for registration STARTING at 12:30 p.m. so we can provide you with instructions and line up details for the processional.

Note: Handicap accessible seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please let us know by July 1, 2018 if you require accommodations for special needs. (For example, a sign language interpreter, scooter accessible seating, etc.) Please email grad@grantham.edu with your requests.

How long doesCommencement last?

We anticipate the ceremony will last about 1½ hours with remarks from our Keynote Speaker; a hooding ceremony for our master's graduates;...

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We anticipate the ceremony will last about 1½ hours with remarks from our Keynote Speaker; a hooding ceremony for our master's graduates; remarks from a Grantham student/alumni representative; and individual recognition of each graduate.

How do Ibuy tickets?

Tickets are required for Commencement. Tickets are complimentary. The ticket ordering process will become available when registration ...

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Tickets are required for Commencement. Tickets are complimentary. The ticket ordering process will become available when registration closes on June 22, 2018. A maximum of 4 guests per graduate are allowed. This will help ensure adequate seating for everyone.

How much toattend Commencement?

While there is no cost to attend the Commencement Ceremony, students will be responsible for the cost of the following: regalia – ...

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While there is no cost to attend the Commencement Ceremony, students will be responsible for the cost of the following: regalia – including hoods and/or tassels, travel to and from Kansas City, hotel accommodations and any other purchases you choose to make (i.e. – Grantham gear, diploma frames, etc.).

Am I already registeredfor Commencement?

You are not registered for Commencement by completing the Application for Graduation.The Application for Graduation is separate from ...

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You are not registered for Commencement by completing the Application for Graduation.The Application for Graduation is separate from Commencement registration. Register for Commencement.

Every prospective graduate of Grantham University completes the Application for Graduation during the last term and prior to finishing all coursework. An audit will be conducted of student records to ensure all the necessary transcripts are on file, courses in the degree program have been completed and all financial obligations are met.

What is covered by my $100Application Fee?

The $100 fee covers the cost of processing, printing, packaging and mailing your diploma and your official transcript. The Commencement ...

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The $100 fee covers the cost of processing, printing, packaging and mailing your diploma and your official transcript. The Commencement Ceremony itself is complimentary.

What goes onprior to Commencement?

While there are no graduation-related events planned immediately before Commencement, all graduates are invited to join us the day before,...

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While there are no graduation-related events planned immediately before Commencement, all graduates are invited to join us the day before, Friday, August 3, for a Meet & Greet at Kansas City Live! in the Power & Light District downtown Kansas City from 4 - 7 p.m.

Kansas City Live!
in the Power & Light District downtown Kansas City
13th & Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO
This is the perfect opportunity to meet some of the Grantham Life Changers you’ve worked with throughout your degree program, network with fellow graduates and just have a bit of fun before the big day.

Anything going onafter Commencement?

Grantham will host a reception immediately following the ceremony. It will last until about 5:00 p.m. During the reception, graduates and ...

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Grantham will host a reception immediately following the ceremony. It will last until about 5:00 p.m. During the reception, graduates and their guests are invited to enjoy complimentary light refreshments while mingling and celebrating with their fellow Grantham alumni and favorite Life Changers.

Are the cap and gownprovided?

You will need to order your regalia. Caps, gowns and accessories can be ordered through the Grantham University Bookstore, Eagle ...

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You will need to order your regalia. Caps, gowns and accessories can be ordered through the Grantham University Bookstore, Eagle Educational Resources, by visiting https://www.eagleeducationalresources.com or by calling 816-245-7003.

How do I select the correctregalia hood color?

If you are receiving a Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration – Project Management or Master of Business ...

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If you are receiving a Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration – Project Management or Master of Business Administration – Information Management - Master of Science Business Intelligence, select Business Administration as your major/curriculum.

If you are receiving a Master of Science in Information Technology, Master of Science in Information Management – Project Management, Master of Science in Information Management Technology or Master of Science in Performance Improvement, select Science as your major/curriculum.

If you are receiving a Master of Healthcare Administration, select Health Care Administration as your major/curriculum.
If you are receiving a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), select Nursing as your major/curriculum.

Will I need to orderan Honor Cord?

Grantham University recognizes students who have achieved academic excellence while pursuing their degrees with honor cords. They will be ...

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Grantham University recognizes students who have achieved academic excellence while pursuing their degrees with honor cords. They will be distributed at graduation based according to the following guidelines:

Undergraduate
An undergraduate degree recipient achieving high academic performance is recognized according to cumulative grade point average as follows:

Summa Cum Laude – 3.90 to 4.00
Magna Cum Laude – 3.70 to 3.89
Cum Laude – 3.50 to 3.69

Graduate
At graduation, a master's degree recipient achieving high academic performance is recognized according to cumulative grade point average as follows:

With Distinction - 3.67 to 4.00

Will I receive my diplomaat Commencement?

No. We do not hand out diplomas during the ceremony.

Instead, you will be presented with a special University scroll as you cross...

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No. We do not hand out diplomas during the ceremony.

Instead, you will be presented with a special University scroll as you cross the stage. This is, in part, because our coursework is based on terms rather than the traditional semester, and students graduate at different times throughout the year.

Once a student finishes his/her final term, a degree audit will be performed to verify all academic degree requirements have been satisfied (CGPA minimum and all required courses successfully completed). Once the student record is verified, your degree will be conferred.

Diplomas are ordered once the Registrar's Office confirms that a student has also completed all non-academic requirements (submitted completed graduation application, paid $100 graduation fee and student's account balance is paid in full). Diplomas will be delivered via FedEx for students located in the United States and first-class mail for P.O. boxes, APO, FPO and overseas addresses and will generally arrive in the mail 4-6 weeks following the verification of all completed requirements.