GRADUATION APPLYING FOR DEGREES AND CERTIFICATES Continuous enrollment is defined as a student being enrolled without sitting out a fall or spring semester. If continuously enrolled, students may graduate under the ASUNewport catalog in effect when they first enrolled or the current catalog. If students reenroll after sitting out at least one semester, they may graduate under the catalog in effect when they re-enrolled or the current catalog. Students must have earned at least 15 credit hours at ASU-Newport to receive a degree or a technical certificate with a cumulative GPA of 2.0. Refer to the Intent to Graduate section for further information.
INTENT TO GRADUATE Students intending to graduate at the end of a fall semester (December) must complete an Intent to Graduate form, sign it and submit it to Office of Admissions/ Registrar NO LATER than October 1. Students intending to graduate in the spring semester and/or summer must submit the form NO LATER than March 1. The form is available online at https://portal.asun.edu/ICS/Admissions/ or in the Office of Enrollment Services/Registrar at each campus. It can be mailed, faxed, or brought to the Admissions Office. Failure to submit the form on time may cause the student’s name to not be listed in the graduation program and result in delays of processing diplomas.
GRADUATION REGALIA/COMMENCEMENT Commencement is held at the end of the spring semester for the Newport Campus and at the end of the first summer term for the Jonesboro and Marked Tree Campuses. The Office of Enrollment Services/Registrar will forward information on Academic Regalia and commencement to all graduate candidates.
HEALTH, SAFETY, AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT In an emergency, FERPA permits school officials to disclose, without student consent, education records, including personally identifiable information from those records, to protect the health or safety of students or other individuals. At such times, records and information may be released to appropriate parties such as law enforcement officials, public health officials, and trained medical personnel. (34CFR §99.31 (A)(10) AND §99.36) This exception to FERPA’s general consent rule is limited to the period of the emergency and generally does not allow for a blanket release of personally identifiable information from a student’s educational records. In addition, the department interprets FERPA to permit institutions to disclose information from education records to parents if a health or safety emergency involves their son or daughter while upholding the standards of excellence.