A student enrolled for consecutive semesters may be graduated under the degree requirements of the first semester of his or her attendance. Students who had an enrollment lapse of one semester or more may be graduated under the requirements in which they initially enrolled if they can complete the requirements within one year of the date their class would have graduated.
A student who desires to graduate under the requirements of a new catalog may do so providing that all of the new requirements for the degree are met.
Degrees are awarded to those who have satisfactorily completed the following:
1. At least one year of enrollment attempting a minimum of 30 semester hours,
2. All course requirements as outlined in the student’s chosen program,
3. A minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.00,
4. Evidence of Christian character as demonstrated by compliance with the Student Handbook,
5. Submission of an Intent to Graduate form (available from the Registrar). This form may be submitted in the spring semester when fewer than 42 hours remain for completion the next May, in the fall semester when fewer than 28 hours remain for completion the next May, or by February 1 if fewer than 22 hours are remaining to be completed that semester.
6. Approval by the Faculty after the Intent to Graduate form is submitted,
7. Completion of all institutional assessments,
8. Payment of the graduation fee(s).
Responsibility for understanding and meeting graduation requirements rests entirely with the student. Diplomas are only released when all requirements are complete, including payment of all financial accounts due the College. A student may participate in the commencement ceremony only if all requirements are completed by the end of the Spring semester. This includes Field Experience, independent studies, online courses, transcripts for transferred courses, and passing all courses taken in the final semester.
Special awards are given to baccalaureate graduates for work of exceptional merit. Valedictorian and salutatorian awards are granted to the students with the highest and second highest GPA, respectively. To qualify, students must have earned 90 hours from Central, as well as 40 of their last 60 hours that apply to their degree from Central. Graduates with at least 60 hours taken at Central are graduated cum laude (“with praise”) if they have a GPA of at least 3.50 for the hours taken at Central,magna cum laude for a GPA of at least 3.75, and summa cum laude for a GPA of at least 3.90. The class orator is selected from among the graduating males who preach a chapel sermon.