Frequently Asked Questions about Graduation

Do I need to apply to graduate?

Yes. An Intent to Graduate form is required.

Is there a charge for graduation?

Yes.  All Bachelor degree and Bible Certificate candidates must pay a non-refundable $60 graduation fee. If you do not complete requirements in the term you have registered for, you must file a NEW Intent to Graduate form. Your student record will then be moved to the new degree conferral group.

How long will the Commencement Ceremony last?

The Commencement Ceremony should last approximately two hours.

Who is this year’s Commencement Speaker?


What is the Delta Epsilon Chi award?

It is the Honor Society of The Association for Biblical Higher Education. Its purpose is to encourage and recognize the top 7% of graduates from among the accredited institutions of the Association for Biblical Higher Education across North America who has distinguished themselves through intellectual achievement, Christian character and leadership ability.

Who will graduate with honors? 

Honors recognition for the Commencement Ceremony is based on the cumulative grade point average (GPA) and will be given to degree candidates only. Associate of Biblical Studies (ABS) candidate honors will be listed as:

  • Highest Honors 3.80-4.00
  • High Honors 3.65-3.79
  • Honors 3.50-3.64 

A bachelor candidate baccalaureate cumulative GPA is based on the highest rating of the CBS cumulative GPA. The bachelor’s degree candidate will graduate with the honors of:

  • Summa cum laude 3.80 – 4.00
  • Magna cum laude 3.65 – 3.79
  • Cum laude 3.50 – 3.649

How do I order my Honor Cords?

CBS will supply honor cords and medals to eligible graduates. Red honor cords will be given to associates graduates and medals will be given to baccalaureate graduates at either the Special Recognition Event prior to the ceremony or at the Commencement Ceremony. 

When will I receive my diploma or certificate?

The official diploma or certificate will be available for student pick up at the Office of the Registrar within 2 to 3 weeks of the assigned degree conferral date. (See the Diplomas and Awards section) The graduation coordinator will contact you when diplomas and certificates are available for pick up.