Multnomah University


Important Dates/Graduation Checklist:

May 2015 Graduates:

  • November 14: Application for Degree is due. Please submit to the Registrar’s Office. This can be obtained through the website link below, or from the Registrar’s Office.
  • January 15: Transcripts are due. (Transcripts for courses not completed by this date are due April 1)
  • February 2: Last day to submit Application for Degree before late fees are charged.
  • February 2: Final due date to submit ‘Request to Walk Early’. Must be turned into the Registrar’s Office with an Application for Degree attached.
  • February 3: Class Ring and Graduation Announcement ordering from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM in JCA Lobby. Products can also be ordered directly from Jostens by contacting or 1.800.353.5299.
  • April 1: All transcripts for courses taken at other universities or seminaries are due.
  • April 15: Signed Doctrinal Statements Forms are due from undergraduate and seminary students. For traditional undergraduate students this will be completed in TH 408.
  • April 15: Requests to be excused from the commencement ceremony must be in the Registrar’s office no later than the end of the business day.
  • April 28: Cap and Gown distribution held in the Lower Lobby of Travis-Lovitt Hall, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.
  • May 7: Commencement Rehearsal begins at 1:30 PM at Rolling Hills Community Church, 3550 SW Borland Rd., Tualatin, OR 97062.
  • May 8, 2015:  Baccalaureate for all graduating students begins at 10:00 AM at Central Bible Church, 8815 NE Glisan Street (one block east of Multnomah University Portland campus).
  • May 8, 2015: Commencement Ceremony begins at 7:30 PM at Rolling Hills Community Church, 3550 SW Borland Rd., Tualatin, OR 97062. Graduates are to arrive at 6:45 PM.

Faculty Review

The faculty reviews progress toward graduation and approves juniors to proceed with their final year of study. Final faculty approval of candidates is given late in October or February of the student's senior year. In order to receive faculty approval for graduation, students:

  • Must be satisfactorily completing academic, student ministry, and devotional activity requirements
  • Must not be involved in a disciplinary action that, if not satisfactorily resolved, has the potential to delay or deny graduation.

No senior will be presented whose cumulative grade point average (GPA) is below 1.8, and a 2.0 cumulative GPA must be attained during the final semester to qualify for graduation. Faculty approval of current students does not relieve them from the responsibility of maintaining the preceding standards up to the time of their graduation. Candidates for graduation who are not currently attending Multnomah still remain under the student handbook standards that involve biblical absolutes. Failure to maintain these standards can disqualify a candidate from graduating even though other graduation requirements are fulfilled.

Undergraduate Honors Policy

Graduating seniors will be honored for outstanding academic achievement as indicated by their GPA as follows: Highest Honors 3.95-4.00, High Honors 3.80-3.94, and Honors 3.50-3.79.

The determination of GPA will be based on grades including the final fall semester of the senior year. The indication of honor will be indicated by the following symbols next to the graduate's name on the commencement program, and a gold seal indicating the honor will be affixed to the diploma.

* Honors
** High Honors
*** Highest Honors

Graduate Honors Policy

Students earning graduate degrees will be honored for outstanding academic achievement as follows:

  • Magna Cum Laude: minimum cumulative average of 3.8
  • Summa Cum Laude: minimum cumulative average of 3.9
  • Honors will be designated on the graduate’s transcript.


Residence requirements are fulfilled by a minimum of one full year of resident study (thirty-two semester hours). Students must be in residence at least one semester of the final year of study and must complete twelve of the final twenty semester hours at Multnomah.