General Information

Campbellsville University holds two commencement ceremonies annually; two in fall (December) and three in the spring (May) - one for Graduate candidates and two for Undergraduate candidates. 

All students who finish their coursework in the summer receive an August graduation date.  Since there is not an August graduation ceremony, all August graduates are invited to participate in the May ceremony.  All graduation ceremonies (undergraduate and graduate) are for May and August graduates.

Campbellsville University graduates students upon completion of all requirements on or before the next of the following three general dates: December, May, August. Specific dates are listed on the University's official calendar.   

Students must apply to graduate as a means of indicating a target completion date and generating an official degree audit progress profile (GAPP).

Date and Times

There are two commencement ceremonies December 2016.

The first ceremony is Friday, December 16th at 2:00 pm in Ransdell Chapel for all BA (Bachelor of Arts), BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts), BM (Bachelor of Music), BS (Bachelor of Science), and BSBA (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration) students. Candidates for graduation need to report to the Davenport Student Commons at 1:15 pm to collect their name card and to participate in the Graduation Walk.

The second ceremony is Friday, December 16th at 4:00 pm in Ransdell Chapel for all Associate Degree, BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing), BSW (Bachelor of Social Work), and Master degree students.  Candidates for graduation need to report to Davenport Student Commons at 3:15 pm to participate in the Graduation Walk.

 Pinning and Hooding Ceremonies

Information coming soon!



If you've asked that question, you are not alone. Each year students are surprised to learn that they must notify the University of their plans to graduate.

The short answer is this: We do not know your plans from one term to the next. You may intend to go four years (or eight semesters) straight and be done. However, many students take longer than eight semesters to complete their undergraduate degrees. Work, family, and money are just a few reasons why a student may have to go part-time for a semester or two, thus pushing back the graduation date.

Bottom line: We will not know when you plan to finish your degree until you tell us.

Applying to graduate sets in motion processes designed to ensure that you meet all the graduation requirements. Specifically, it will generate for you an initial degree audit. Your completed course work will be compared to the course work required for your degree and program of study. You and your advisor will use the audit to guide your course selection for upcoming terms in order to complete your program at the earliest possible date. 

There is no penalty for rescheduling your graduation, but you may need to reapply if your new intended graduation date is in a different academic year. (Academic years run August 1 - July 31.)  


Use the Undergraduate Application or Graduate Graduation Application as appropriate. Additional instructions are on the form itself.


Additionally, you must fulfill all requirements for graduation in order to receive your degree.  A checklist of all requirements is also available.


Submit an application as follows:

  • For Associate's degree candidates, submit the Undergraduate Graduation Application after you earn 30 credit hours.
  • For Bachelor's degree candidates, submit the Undergraduate Gradation Application after you earn 70 credit hours.
  • For Master's degree candidates, submit the Graduate Graduation Application after you earn 18 credit hours.

Upon receipt of your application, we will prepare a Graduation Audit Progress Profile (GAPP).  It will list all the components (aims) of your degree and, in detailed fashion, show what you've completed, what you need, and what is in progress.  You and your advisor will review the GAPP and report any issues that need attention.

Tip: Complete any course substitutions prior to applying to graduate so that they will be reflected on your GAPP.



The fall commencement is for both undergraduate and graduate degree candidates.  There is no rehearsal.  Students will be notified in the weeks prior to the ceremony date regarding where and when to report for the processional.

The spring commencement ceremonies are split with the graduate candidates graduating on Friday night and the undergraduate candidates graduating on Saturday morning.  The undergraduates do rehearse on Friday afternoon.

Graduate Walk
Each commencement ceremony is immediately preceded by this traditional march to the venue where the service is to be held.  The University president and distinguished guests lead faculty and candidates on a short walk symbolizing a final pass across the campus.  It is an impressive sight when the robes make their way to the venue for the ceremony.

Graduate Dinner
Each fall and spring, candidates and their families are guests at a meal in Winter's Dining Hall. 

These events are sponsored by the Campbellsville University Alumni Association.


In early October and mid March, graduating students will receive, by mail, detailed information about specific dates and times for the various events associated with commencement.  Information is also included about other issues related to graduation, degree completion, diplomas and transcripts.

Watch the Graduation page on TigerNET for the most up-to-date information.

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