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 by the first Friday of the term in which the student intends to graduate.

Completion of all degree requirements as listed in the academic catalog qualifies a student for graduation. Graduation requirements are listed in the academic catalog: undergraduates on pages 97-98 and graduates on pages 294-295. All graduation requirements must be completed before students can participate in graduation exercises


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 Lubbock 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.

Only students who have completed their degree requirements, have a 2.00 (C) cumulative grade point average (GPA), have removed all incomplete grades and holds, and have an account balance paid in full can graduate.  Students must only be enrolled in Wayland classes the last term before graduation.  Once a student has applied for graduation, a hold will be placed on their account signifying that this student is graduating and an extensive audit of the student’s record will ensue.  This hold prevents the student from making any further business account activity, besides making a payment, and receiving official transcripts.  If you should need to provide proof of the completion of your degree before you graduate, you may submit a written request for a letter of completion six weeks before graduation to your Academic Advisor who will notify the Provost/Academic Vice President in Plainview. 


Graduating with Honors

Graduating with honors apply only to baccalaureate degrees.  Honors distinction requires that the student has: 

  • At least 60 semester hours from Wayland Baptist University

  • At least 60 semester hours with letter grades (A, B, C, etc…)

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher on all courses taken at Wayland

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher on all coursework applicable to the degree


              LATIN HONOR DESIGNATION                              REQUIRED CUMULATIVE GPA

              Cum Laude (with honors)                                               3.50 to 3.69

              Magna Cum Laude (with high honors)                         3.70 to 3.89

              Summa Cum Laude (with highest honors)                 3.90 or above

In addition to graduating with honors, a student who has participated in the Honors Program and completed all the requirements may graduate with special honors within the area of study.

Graduation honors may be awarded to students graduating with the baccalaureate degree if at least 60 semester hours of credit with letter grades (A, B, C, etc.) from all sources have been earned, and if they have achieved a GPA of 3.50 or greater on all work taken at Wayland, and who meets the required GPA for all work including non-transfer and transfer work is eligible for graduation with honors.


            HONOR DESIGNATION                                            REQUIRED CUMULATIVE GPA

            Certificate of Honor                                                             3.50 to 3.98

            Certificate of Distinction                                                     3.99 to 4.0


Names of honors students are released to the Lubbock 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.