Graduation Packet and Financial Information

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Graduation Announcements: ORDER FORM

Announcement order deadline:   September 9, 2016  (after this date a $5 late fee will be assessed)

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Graduation / Degree Posting dates:

There are 4 opportunities to apply for graduation/degree posting, and those four dates align with our 4 academic semesters. If your final coursework is during the fall semester, you should apply for fall posting. If your final coursework is during the winter, you should apply for winter posting, etc. etc. Below are the dates for all 4 degree postings:


  Application deadline for fall: 29 August
  Application deadline for winter:   9 December
  Application deadline for spring: 10 March
  Application deadline for summer:  10 June  


Each degree posting date also has a deadline for incoming transcripts with transfer credit. Please see your academic advisor for those specific deadlines.         


Graduation Ceremony Dates:

We hold 2 graduation ceremonies per year, one in March and one in September. Those having filed for fall and winter degree posting will participate in the March ceremony. Those having filed for spring and summer posting will participate in the September ceremony.  There will be a link to this page on the Wichita Falls Campus main page that will appear a couple months before each graduation ceremony date.  After you have applied to graduate, Wendi Dunlap, one of our academic advisors, will send you an email to this link approximately two months before your graduation ceremony date.


SIDE NOTE:  If you do not see the information you are looking for, please email Jodi Underhill at the Sheppard AFB Site.  She will do her best to get that information posted for you.


Application for Graduation for Master's Degree.


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 directed to file the Application for Graduation and pay the graduation fee.  Deadlines 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 Wichita Falls and Plainview, Texas campuses.  All credits that are applied to a student’s degree(s) will undergo evaluation and final auditing, and a final grade point average (GPA) will be calculated.  The ultimate goal is for Wayland to maintain academic integrity in each degree that is conferred.  Actual degree conferral and honors designation is determined during the week before the Graduation Commencement ceremony.

Financial Obligations

Degree candidates must submit the application and pay the appropriate graduation fee by

(date to be announced) :  $75.00 for an AAS or BSOE Degree; $105.00 for both AAS and BSOE Degrees, and $100 for a Master’s Degree.  In addition to fulfilling degree requirements, degree candidates must clear all financial debts with Wayland Baptist University by March 18, 2016 in order to graduate in the April 2016 commencement.

Graduating with Honors

Graduating with honors apply to BAS & BSOE graduates only.  Honors distinction requires that the student has: 

  • 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 Wichita Falls campus the week before the ceremony.  Students graduating with honors will not be contacted prior to the ceremony, however, before the ceremony begins, these students will be given a double gold cord to signify honor status.  They will also receive an honor certificate along with their diploma.

Receiving your Diploma

You may pick up your diploma in the WBU-Sheppard office beginning (date to be announced).  The diploma packet will include one diploma per degree granted, a complimentary transcript, and an honors certificate where applicable.  Students graduating with two degrees will receive an additional diploma cover for the additional degree.  Diplomas will be mailed to students who are not in the local area.