Petition for Graduation

How to Complete your Graduation Petition

  • Print a copy of your degree audit. Access it through your Web Advisor account or obtain a copy from the Student Advocacy Center located in the Learning Resources Center.
  • Make an appointment to meet with your faculty advisor(s) for review of your degree audit, and if necessary, obtain Department Chair approval and signature.
  • At the recommendation of your faculty advisor(s), make an appointment to Petition to Graduate at the Student Advocacy Center located in the Learning Resources Center. Please be advised that the Records Coordinator will only see students on an appointment basis. Walk-ins or same day record reviews will not be accepted.
  • On the date of your scheduled petition appointment, you will need to bring a completed Graduation Petition Form.

Petition appointments should be scheduled with the Office of the Registrar two quarters prior to graduation.At any time after your records review, if there are any changes made to your classes/schedule, please notify the Records Coordinator, Ms. Anitha Walker, by email at Anitha.Walker@LIFE.edu. If you take a class or classes outside Life University during your final/graduating quarter, you must submit an approved Transient Letter to the Office of the Registrar in order to be placed on the graduating list for the ceremony in which you plan to participate.


Attendance at Another College or University

All classes taken at other colleges/universities will only transfer to Life University with a “C” or higher. Check with the Dean, College of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies or the Department Chair for your major, either in person or online (see Articulation Agreements) to see if the class(es) you need are pre-approved. All official transcripts for completed courses at other colleges/universities taken prior to your last semester/quarter are due in order to receive transfer credit and to award your degree.


Commencement

Degrees are conferred four times a year, at the end of each quarter. The date of the diploma reflects the term for which you applied and completed all degree requirements. Additionally, Life University holds four commencement ceremonies: March (DC graduates only), June (all graduates), September (DC graduates only) and December (all graduates). Please be advised that undergraduate and graduate students will not be allowed to participate in the March or September ceremonies.


Grades and Grade Point Average (GPA)

A “C” average (2.0 GPA) in all major courses is required in the College of Undergraduate Studies and College of Chiropractic, with the exception of the Nutrition Department (undergraduate) where a “B” average (3.0 GPA) is required. A “B” average (3.0 GPA) is required in the College of Graduate Studies. Receiving a “D” or “F” in a major course or failing to obtain the required GPA during your final quarter can result in your degree not being awarded.


Degree Audit Report

You should regularly review your electronic Degree Audit Report in Web Advisor to ensure that you are making satisfactory progress toward the completion of your degree. You should be prepared to discuss any discrepancies in your academic record with your faculty or academic advisor.


Meeting with Advisor(s)

You must meet with each major advisor to discuss your graudation plan. You should take a copy of your Degree Audit Report to each meeting.


Update Contact Information

You should keep your address and phone number(s) current. You should also regularly check your Life University student email account to view important messages sent by the Office of the Registrar regarding degree requirements and progress toward degree completion.


Caps & Gowns

Graduates participating in Life University commencement ceremonies will be provided a cap and gown. Contact the Office of Student Services at 770.426.2700 for additional information.


Diplomas

Diplomas are ordered after all final grades have been verified and your degree has been conferred by the Office of the Registrar. Once ordered, the diploma may take up to six weeks to arrive. There is no way to expedite this process. Students living in the metro Atlanta area will be required to pick up their diploma when it becomes available. All other diplomas will be mailed out through UPS.


Transcripts

Once all final grades have been verified and your degree has been conferred, final transcripts will be available. Life University does not provide complimentary transcripts. For more information about obtaining transcripts, please click here.