Graduation is the successful completion of a course study at a university, college, or school for which candidates receive a degree or diploma.
A student shall be recommended for graduation if requirements and other prerequisites prescribed for graduation are complied. Those are the following:
- all the subjects specified in the curriculum of the degree program garnered passing grades; and
- the student has formally applied for graduation.
The Office of the Registrar releases tentative lists of candidates for graduation with corresponding deficiencies of some candidates. First is 2 months after the last day of enrollment. The second and final release of candidates’ names are after Prelims.
Appeal for inclusion in the graduation rites must be 3 days after the deadline of online submission of grades for graduating students.
Students who have maintained the required academic standards may be recommended by the Honors and Awards Committee for graduation with honors.
- In order to graduate with honors, students must not have grades below 3.0 in all academic subjects taken in and outside the university.
- They must have earned 75% of the total credits in the university. Therefore, a student in a four-year course must have enrolled in the school at least since his/her sophomore year to comply with this requirement. Students who took only the last two curriculum years in the school are not eligible for Latin Honors (Sarmiento, U; 2009).
- Grades in National Service Training Program and INTRO subjects are not considered in the computation of the GPA but should all be PASSED.
Cum Laude means “with distinction” and denotes a college student’s high scholastic achievement. The honor is indicated on the student’s degree/diploma. There are two other cum laude levels: magna cum laude or “with great distinction,” and summa cum laude or “with greatest distinction.” Latin honors are based solely on scholastic performance and should properly apply to graduates who are conferred with a formal college or post graduate degrees (Sarmiento,U;2009).
The Grade Point Average (GPA) of graduating students refers to the cumulative GPA. The following cumulative GPA requirements apply to students graduating with honors for degree courses:
|Summa Cum Laude||3.76 – 4.00|
|Magna Cum Laude||3.51 – 3.75|
|Cum Laude||3.26 – 3.50|
For non-degree courses, graduating students who meet the requirements are given the following honors:
|With Excellent Distinction||3.76 – 4.00|
|With Marked Distinction||3.51 – 3.75|
|With Distinction||3.26 – 3.50|
Collegiate Recognition for Exemplary Academic Merit (CREAM) is given to graduating students who have maintained the required academic standards: no grade below 7.75, GPA must be within 3.26 or higher, and must have no record of suspension.
St. John Baptist de La Salle Award for Excellence in Leadership is given for notable and meritorious performance in academic and extra-curricular activities, management, and participation in relevant projects, and achievements during a student’s stay in the University.
Cultural Award is given to a graduating student who has exhibited exemplary performance in the field of Performing Arts; thus contributing immensely in the development of the consciousness in culture and the arts among the members of the community.
The Athlete of the Year award is given to a graduating student who has consistently shown excellent performance as Patriots, winning gold medals and accolades for the university.
Loyalty award is given to graduating students who finished elementary, secondary, and tertiary education from De La Salle or De La Salle supervised schools.
Golden Scroll Award is given to a College of Business Administration and Accountancy student with balanced academic, co-curricular, and extra-curricular life in the university.
Golden Gear Award is given to a College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology graduating student who has good academic standing and GPA of not lower than 3.00.
Outstanding Dissertation and Thesis are selected based on significance, originality, usefulness in the discipline where it applies, coherence of the problem, and clarity. Dissertation or thesis defense is also an important factor in the selection.
BEFORE GRADUATION, candidates must:
- Apply for graduation at the Office of the Registrar.
- Secure graduation guidelines booklet at the same office.
- Get toga at the designated toga station.
- Secure graduation invites and entry cards at the Office of the Registrar.
- Attend general rehearsals, baccalaureate mass, and special awards’ recognition.
REHEARSALS are necessary to ensure smooth flow of ceremonies including academic procession, right time to stand and sit, transferring of tassel, symbolic diploma acceptance, recessional, and others. Therefore, all candidates for graduation are required to attend the rehearsals. Failure to do would mean disqualification to attend the Graduation Rites.
INVITES AND ENTRY CARDS. Each candidate for graduation is entitled to 1 invite and 2 cards for companions’ entry to the Graduation Rites venue. Only those with entry cards and in appropriate attire will be allowed entry. Relatives (2 of them) of academic awardees are given ribbons for the reception committee to recognize and usher them to their reserved front seats. They do not need entry cards.
BACCALAUREATE MASS AND SPECIAL AWARDS’ RECOGNITION. The Baccalaureate Mass serves as a prelude to the graduation and the university’s way to bless the candidates’ path towards another beginning. All candidates for graduation must attend the mass. The Special Awards’ Recognition comes after, hence, everybody must not leave the venue until it is over. During the recognition, medals will be given for loyalty, outstanding dissertation/thesis, exemplary performance-collegiate level, outstanding in the field of culture and arts, and athletics.
GRADUATION RITES is a ceremony where formal conferment of academic degrees to candidates for graduation are conducted. Therefore, everybody must observe SOLEMNITY. Boisterousness and loud talk must be avoid. Nobody, but the reception committee, is allowed to approach the graduates while there ceremonies are ongoing.
CALL TIME. Candidates must come on time for the assembly, which is an hour before the academic procession. It is during this time that line-up of candidates for graduation for the procession is arranged by the reception committee. This arrangement matches the assigned seat per candidate in the venue, which helps in the smooth flow of the program. Therefore, must be followed. There must be no latecomers.
AWARDING. Those who are graduating with Latin Honors and recipient of Excellence in Leadership award will be given medals during graduation rites.
RECEIVING OF SYMBOLIC DIPLOMA. Calling of names who will come on stage for the symbolic diploma are done by for graduates at a time. As a sign of courtesy to the graduate whose name will be called last, those who have already been called must wait for the end of the ceremonies before leaving the venue.
ACADEMIC PROCESSION AND RECESSIONAL are important parts of the ceremonies, thus, graduates and other participants must maintain an orderly march.
SECURITY AND ORDERLINESS IN THE PREMISES.
The entrance at the lobby is open for parents and companions an hour before the academic procession. Once the procession starts, parents are expected to be seated, entrance will be closed and will re-open after the Philippine National Anthem.
Guards at the entrance are instructed to inspect bags and packages; everybody is requested to cooperate. Personal belongings must be attended to by owners. The University will not be responsible for any loss or damage.
The University shall exercise full authority within its premises and reserves the right to control, regulate, inspect, refuse entry to or prohibit any person as well as materials considered inimical to or which constitute violation of Philippine laws, and University rules and regulations.
Children below 7 years old are not allowed inside the venue.
GIFTS AND FLOWERS. Candidates are advised to pin corsage or wear garlands before going to the assembly area. Flowers and any form of gifts must not be given while the ceremonies are ongoing.
GRADUATION RITES ORDER OF PROCESSION
- Honor Students
- Candidates for Graduation
- Deans/Associate Deans
- University Officials
- President and Commencement Speaker
- Smoking, eating, and drinking are prohibited inside the graduation venue. Food and drinks must be surrendered at the lobby.
- Companions or graduates are not allowed to take photos near the stage while the ceremonies are ongoing.
- Everybody is advised to put their phone into silent mode.
- Pets, firearms and any form of explosives, and harmful chemicals are not allowed inside.
- Everybody must keep silent while inside the venue.
- Toga and Cap with Tassel must be worn over Sunday dress (female) or long sleeves polo with tie and black pants (male) during Graduation Rites.
- Long sleeves with tie, black pants, and black shoes for MEN during Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation Rites.
- Sunday dress and black high-heeled shoes for LADIES during Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation Rites.