Jun 13, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graduation Requirements

Application for Graduation

Students nearing completion need to submit an Application for Graduation to the Office of the Registrar. The submission deadline for May graduation is the last day of the preceding August. The submission deadline for December completion is the last day of the preceding January. The application is available on myPBA, under the Students tab, on the Commencement page.

To locate the online application:

  1. Go to: https://my.pba.edu/ICS/Students/Commencement.jnz
  2. Log into myPBA.
  3. The “Application for Graduation” is highlighted. Click the link, in the window, to get started.

Baccalaureate Graduation Requirements

It is the student’s responsibility to see that all graduation requirements are met. To receive the Baccalaureate degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University, a student must meet the following requirements:

  1. Completion of the General Education Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Science, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, or the Bachelor of Music degrees or the General Education Area Requirements for the Bachelor of General Studies Degree.
  2. Completion of a minimum of 120 hours, including all major and minor/concentration (as applicable) requirements or the professional studies area concentration for the Bachelor of General Studies Degree. Majors and minors/concentrations vary with respect to requirements of specific courses and total hours.
  3. Completion of the last 32 credit hours at PBA.
  4. Completion of an approved program of study.
  5. Completion of at least one-third of the program of study requirements at PBA.
  6. Rinker School of Business students must complete at least 50% of all program of study requirements (major and concentration) at PBA.
  7. At least 42 semester hours must be in courses numbered 3000 or above. (Note: Bachelor of Music students, 33 semester hours.) 
  8. At least 21 of the 42 required upper level credit hours numbered 3000 or above completed in major of study coursework.
  9. Maintenance of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average on all college coursework and a 2.0 cumulative grade point average on all coursework in the approved program(s) of study. A “C-” or above must be earned on all courses in the approved program of study, inclusive of all major, minor, and concentration requirements. Note: Refer to the School of Education , as they require higher GPAs.
  10. Completion of Chapel and Workship requirements, as applicable. 
  11. Submission of an Application for Graduation to the Office of the Registrar no later than the end of the add/drop period one semester prior to all degree requirements being completed. Approval by the faculty for graduation.
  12. Discharge of all financial obligations to the university. 
  13. Applicants who apply for graduation and fail to meet the above requirements by the specified projected graduation date will be deferred to a later semester.

Regardless of academic achievement, a student on disciplinary probation may not graduate from PBA until the probation has been removed.

Commencement Participation

Commencement will be held once a year at the conclusion of the spring semester. All students completing their degree requirements in any given academic year will be eligible to participate in the annual spring Commencement ceremony for that academic year. Students whose degrees are conferred at the conclusion of the fall semester will be eligible to participate in the following spring Commencement ceremony. Students who are projected to finish all degree requirements in the summer semester will be eligible to participate in the prior spring Commencement.


In order to participate in commencement a student must have cleared all account holds, as well as fulfilled any Chapel or Workship obligations, prior to the commencement ceremony.

Commencement ceremonies for Palm Beach Atlantic University are typically held on the weekend immediately following final examinations of the spring semester. It is expected that all candidates for graduation will participate in Commencement ceremonies.

No diploma or transcript will be released if there are any holds on the student’s record. All Business Office and Financial Aid obligations must be cleared as well.