Catalog 2016-2017


The University confers degrees on a weekly basis. In order to expedite the degree process, students are asked to:

  • Be in good academic standing (a program GPA of 2.0 for undergraduate students and a program GPA of 3.0 for graduate students).
  • Clear any financial obligations to the University.
  • If financial aid was utilized, review and complete the exit packet (sent directly to the student)
  • Confirm that their contact information is current. Diplomas will print with the name on account and be mailed to the current address on file.  

Once all degree requirements have been completed and the student has been financially cleared, a diploma and a set of transcripts will be mailed to the student within five (5) business days after degree conferral. 

Commencement Ceremony

West’s commencement ceremony is held annually in September and participation is voluntary. Eligible students will be invited to participate by the Registrar’s Office when they are within six (6) credits of degree completion. 

Academic honors are recognized at the ceremony for those undergraduate students who have a qualifying GPA as of the date of the ceremony (see Honors Policy for more details). 

Students who anticipate using transfer credits to qualify for participation should submit transcripts prior to the end of May to allow for evaluation. 

Invitations issued after June 30th will be for the following year’s ceremony. Students may only participate in one ceremony per degree earned.

Graduation Clearance Procedure

Students may verify degree conferral clearance by contacting a student advisor when they are within nine (9) credits or ninety (90) days prior to expected completion date. Upon receipt of the request, the Registrar updates the student’s program evaluation. Students may then meet with a student advisor to review remaining requirements and make arrangements for capstone courses.


Bachelor’s students achieving high academic standards are awarded honors upon completion of their degree requirements. Honors designations are indicated on the diploma and transcript. Honors may be recognized at commencement ceremonies for those students who meet honors requirements at the time of commencement. Program GPA will be reviewed again at degree completion to determine the designation awarded. The designation at degree completion will be the designation indicated on the student’s diploma and transcript. 

    • Summa Cum Laude 3.950-4.000
    • Magna Cum Laude 3.800-3.949
    • Cum Laude 3.600-3.799
West does not issue honors designations at the Associate or Master levels.

Graduation Deadlines

Program completion deadlines have been established to ensure students graduate with a program of study based on current academic theories and disciplines as well as timely completion of relevant research. The following timelines have been determined as the maximums for completion:


Associate’s degree

5 years

Bachelor’s degree

8 years

Master’s degree

6 years


3 years

Credits in transfer will not be accepted after a student’s program deadline. Students may request a Change of Catalog and re-evaluation under current program requirements. Deadlines will be calculated from date of matriculation into the new program.