Graduation Requirements

To graduate, students must achieve each of the following:

  • Complete an approved program of study.
  • Earn a 2.00 cumulative grade point average or above. Some programs require a higher grade point average in all or part of the program.
  • Fulfill Spiritual Formation requirements.
  • Fulfill Christian Service requirements.
  • Complete the application for graduation.
  • Satisfactory arrangements for all financial obligations to the University.
  • Complete required testing.

To graduate from Ohio Christian University with a bachelor’s degree, candidates must have earned at least 30 semester hours in residence and have completed the final 24 hours at Ohio Christian University (or under the supervision of OCU faculty). For associate degree, 15 hours must be completed in residence, including the final 12 hours. Students applying to graduate with more than one major must satisfy the requirements of each of the degree programs.

Graduation requirements are subject to change. Curriculum requirements serve as a guide to program planning and are also subject to change. Every effort will be made to communicate changes to all concerned students in a reasonable manner.

Ohio Christian University reserves the right to deny graduation to any student whose character is contrary to the testimony, doctrine, and standards of the University.

Application for Graduation

Before enrolling for the final 24 hours of a degree program, students must complete the Application for Graduation. The Application for Graduation form is available in the Registrar’s Office.

Applicable Catalog

When auditing students for graduation, the applicable catalog is usually the catalog current at the time of the student’s enroll­ment in the chosen program (provided it has been no more than six years for a bachelor’s degree program, or three years for an associate of arts program). When students change degree programs or re-enroll after an absence, the catalog current at that time will normally apply. Students may choose to graduate under a later catalog, in which case all requirements of that catalog must be met.

Degree Conferral

Degrees are conferred in a rolling process to allow students who complete all program requirements to have their final transcript and diploma. Typically conferral happens monthly. Those with degrees already conferred are encouraged to participate in the annual commencement ceremony conducted each spring.

Students in a traditional undergraduate program who wish to participate in Spring graduation ceremonies as "summer graduates" must: (1) lack no more than six semester hours to complete in summer school; (2) take all remaining course work in residence at Ohio Christian University; and (3) have all requirements completed by August 1.