NCU Catalog - May 2016 
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NCU Catalog - May 2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Diploma Application and Degree Conferral

Students must submit a Diploma Application through the student portal, which triggers a final degree audit. The audit process confirms that the student has met all academic and programmatic requirements and is financially clear. The Diploma Application final degree audit is reviewed and completed by the academic advisor, the School of the degree program to be conferred, Student Financial Services, and the Office of the Registrar.

Upon successful completion of the final degree audit, the student is degree conferred and the diploma order is submitted to NCU’s third-party diploma vendor for processing.

A student’s program completion date is the end date of the last course in their program. This date will be used as the student’s degree conferral and diploma date.

If a doctoral student successfully defends their dissertation prior to the end date of the last dissertation course, the University will use the date the student defended their dissertation as the degree conferral and diploma date.

Example: End date of last course is March 14th; doctoral student defends dissertation on March 8th. Degree conferral date and diploma date is March 8th.


Honors are only designated for undergraduate degrees. Graduate degrees do not qualify for honors designation. Students must have earned at least 30 semester credits with letter grades (A through F) at Northcentral University for honors to be determined.

  • Summa Cum Laude (with highest honors) GPA 4.00
  • Magna Cum Laude (with high honors) GPA 3.75 - 3.99
  • Cum Laude (with honors) GPA 3.50 - 3.74

Diplomas and Certificates

The student’s name in the official record will be printed on their diploma. Students may type out how they want their name to appear on the diploma in the diploma application, however; only minor deviations from the name will be allowed (e.g., omission or inclusion of middle name or suffix, abbreviated or nickname). If a student wants a different name than what is on record, he or she must complete a change of information request prior to submitting the diploma application. Contact the Office of the Registrar at for additional assistance.

Northcentral University uses a third-party vendor to print and ship diplomas and certificates on a monthly basis. If a student is degree conferred during the last week of the month, they will be included in the next calendar month’s diploma order

NCU provides students with one free diploma and diploma cover upon completion of the degree conferral audit and approval process. Students may request duplicate diplomas. There is a $50.00 order-processing fee for each additional diploma and cover.