Graduation Information


Wayland Baptist University - Anchorage Campus

Wayland External & Virtual Campuses allow graduating students the option of applying to graduate at the end of any of our four semester terms (e.g., four graduation posting dates per year). The posting date is the last day of each term and is the “degree granted” date placed on a student’s transcript and diploma.  However, Wayland Anchorage Campus conducts only two graduation commencement ceremonies per year (October & April).  Graduating students have the option of participating in the next upcoming ceremony aligned with their graduation term (Spring & Summer Term graduates in the October Ceremony or Fall & Winter Term graduates in the April Ceremony).  Application for Graduation and Change of Degree Program suspense dates are well in advance of each graduation posting date, so please check with your Academic Advisor to ensure you complete all required actions to be eligible to graduate on time.


Application for Graduation and Transfer & Assessed credit suspense dates are included in Grad Memo #1 (given to all Grad 4101 “Exit Seminar” and Grad 0001 “Senior Seminar” undergraduate students).  Application for Graduation forms (w/fee) are due to the Anchorage Campus Parkside Office approximately ten weeks prior to the end of the term a student plans to graduate.


Graduation commencement ceremony details are e-mailed to all graduation applicants approximately six weeks prior to the graduation ceremony (Grad Memo #2)

Undergraduate Applications to Graduate: BAS, BSOE, BCM and/or AAS
Masters Applications to Graduate: Online Only!

Academic Eligibility

Wayland Baptist University policy provides that degree candidates must first be eligible to participate in the Graduation Commencement. Eligibility requirements must include a
pre-graduation meeting with an Academic Advisor, fulfilling all degree and financial requirements and applying to graduate. The pre-graduation meeting with an Advisor determines if students are “on course” for degree conferral. If an Academic Advisor finds that a student is ready to begin the graduation process, the student will be informed to file the Application for Graduation and pay the graduation fee. Suspense dates for academic and financial requirements are stated on the Application for Graduation and must be followed.

The Degree Evaluation Process

The submission of an Application for Graduation begins a degree evaluation process that involves the combined effort of several university officials at both the Anchorage and Plainview, Texas campuses.  Following the end of a student’s final term, main campus will then check all credits that are applied to a student’s degree, complete a final audit of all transcripts, and calculate grade point averages (GPA).  The ultimate goal is for Wayland to maintain academic integrity in each degree that is conferred.  Actual degree conferral and honors designation is determined by the main campus Registrar during the final audit of a graduation applicant’s transcripts.

Financial Obligations

Degree candidates must submit an application to graduate and pay the appropriate graduation fee no later than 10 weeks prior to the end of the term the student applies to graduate:  $75.00 for an AAS or BAS/BSOE/BCM Degree; $105.00 for both AAS and BAS/BSOE/BCM Degrees, and $100 for a Masters Degree.  In addition to fulfilling degree requirements, degree candidates must clear all financial debts with Wayland Baptist University no later than the end of the term the student applies to graduate in order to receive official diploma(s) and transcript on time.

Graduating with Honors

Graduating with honors apply to BAS/BSOE/BCM graduates only. Honors distinction requires that the student complete:

  • 60 semester hours with letter grades (A, B, C, etc…)
  • A GPA of 3.50 or higher in all Wayland courses
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher from all transfer courses and Wayland courses combined.

Names of honors students are released to the Anchorage campus after all student audits are completed by the Registrar. Graduating bachelor degree students will receive a double gold cord to signify honors status. They will also receive an honors certificate along with their diploma.

Receiving your Diploma

Diploma packets will be distributed immediately after the ceremony at the designated pick up area. (The diploma cover you receive during the ceremony is an empty diploma cover). The diploma packet will include one diploma per degree granted, a complimentary transcript, a copy of the graduation commencement program, and alumni services information. Students graduating with two degrees will receive a second diploma cover for the additional degree. Students who are graduating in absentia will either be notified when their diploma packages are ready for pickup or if out of State, they will be mailed to them. For the latter, please ensure we have a correct mailing address.

Contact Information

  • Grad 4101 "Exit Seminar" Questions
    Contact your assigned Grad 4101 "Reader"
  • Degree Plan(s), Degree Requirements, and GPA Questions
    Contact your Academic Advisor
  • Graduation Commencement Ceremony Questions
    Contact the Anchorage Campus Graduation Coordinator: Mr. Richard C. Clayton; (907) 333-2277; claytonc@wbu.edu