1. When should I submit my application for graduation
and register for commencement?
If you successfully complete all of your classes and requirements
for a bachelor’s degree by the Summer II term, you may be eligible
to participate in the late April/early May graduation ceremony. In
order to participate in the graduation ceremony, please complete
the graduation application and select “YES” for the commencement
dropdown menu by the end of Fall I.
2. What is the Residency requirement to be eligible for
30 credits from Saint Leo for Bachelor's degree and 15 credits
from Saint Leo for Associate's degree PLEASE NOTE: Only those
eligible for a Bachelor’s degree are eligible to walk in the
3. Can online students participate in
Yes! Each spring, the University has one formal graduation
ceremony with academic regalia at the University Campus in Saint
Leo, Florida. Center for Online Learning students earning a
Bachelor's degree are invited to attend the Commencement Exercises
held in late April or early May of each
year. The application deadline to
participate in the Center for Online Learning Commencement
exercises must be submitted before the end of Fall I.
4. How soon after I have finished my final classes will
I be able to get an official transcript stating that I have
completed all the requirements to attain my degree?
Transcripts are usually available 3 - 5 weeks from your conferral
date provided there are no outstanding balances. Your conferral
date is the first day of the month following the month in which you
met your degree requirements. For, example, if you complete all of
your degree requirements at the end of the October, your conferral
date is November 1st.
5. Can I request a letter confirming I have finished my
degree requirements prior to receiving my degree?
No, the Center for Online Learning does not provide documentation
of degree completion prior to the official approval process
conducted by the Registrar’s office. Diplomas are mailed 3 to 5
weeks after your conferral date if all financial obligations have
been met. Transcripts are usually available 3 - 5 weeks from your
conferral date provided there are no outstanding balances. Download
and complete the Transcript Request Form to request a copy of
your transcript. Please also remember that graduates will receive
one free copy of their official transcript along with their diploma
if all financial obligations have been met. The entire
process without any outstanding balances, is generally 8 to
10 weeks after your last course.
6. How do I know when my graduation application is being
Once your final grades post, your student advisor will send you an
email letting you know that you graduation application is being
evaluated. You may also go to the “My Saint Leo” portal or go
directly to eLion to check when your graduation application was
sent to the registrar’s office for processing.
7. What if I miss the graduation
You may still apply. You may be charge a late fee of $50 and will
receive a reduced amount of tickets. The amount of tickets changes
each year due to the number of students walking.
8. What if I am not sure if I will be attending or
It is best to complete the commencement registration and be on the
registrar’s list. It is more difficult to get on the list once the
deadline has past and a fee will be incurred. In addition once you
notify registrar that you will not attend they will remove you from
the list and you will no longer have tickets allocated to you.
9. How do I apply and how much will it
Application for Graduation, $105 Graduation Fee (Bachelor's
10. Can I participate in Graduation if I still have a
balance on my account?
You must have met ALL of your financial obligation with the
University. This means all payment agreements must be paid in full
and your account balance must be zero for all terms that occur
prior to the commencement ceremony.
11. Who do I contact if I have a Financial Aid issue or
want to schedule a payment?
If you have a balance and believe it is related to financial aid
issues; please contact financial aid at 800-240-7658. If you need
to make arrangement to pay on your account please call Student
Accounts at 352-588-6600. For assistance in person, please feel
free to visit Student Financial Support Center in the heart of
Saint Edwards Hall.
12. Where can I stay in the area?
For additional information about local hotels. Click Here.
13. How do I pick up my cap and gown?
Your academic regalia will be ordered for you based on the
information provided when you applied. You will be instructed later
when and where to pick up your regalia. If you have a balance and
believe it is related to Financial Aid Issues please contact
financial aid at 800-240-7658. If you need to make arrangement to
pay on your account, please call Student Accounts at 352-588-6600.
For assistance in person, please feel free to visit Student
Financial Support Center. You must be financially clear in order to
pick up your regalia and tickets. Meaning you must have a zero
balance and have completed all necessary documentation for
financial aid one week prior to commencement.
14. How do I get tickets?
The University will distribute an allotted amount of admission
tickets to each graduate based on how many students are registered
to attend. There is no charge for these tickets but no additional
tickets are available from the University. If the commencement
ceremony takes place in the Marion Bowman Center, baby carriers and
strollers are not permitted in the building . Children 2 and older
must have their own seats and therefore must have a ticket. The
majority of the seating available in the Marion Bowman Activities
Center is bleacher seating. Comfortable clothing and shoes are
15. What if I need more tickets?
The University can only distribute the allotted amount to all
16. Can I pay my Graduation Fee online?
The Graduation Fee can now be paid using eLion.
Go to the Student Menu under Financial Information and click on
Student Billing Detail/Make a Payment. A charge must be showing
before you can make the payment. When you submit your Graduation
Application a charge is placed on your account by the Center for
Online Learning within 24 hours of receiving the application.
17. When will I receive my diploma?
Your degree conferral date is a specific date authorized by the
Board of Trustees for the release of your diploma. Bachelor and
Associate degrees are conferred after each semester. For example,
if you finish your degree requirements in October, then your
conferral date is November 1st. Likewise, if you finish your degree
requirements in December, then your conferral date is January
Diplomas are mailed 3 to 5 weeks from your conferral date, along
with one copy of your official transcript if all financial
obligations have been met. The entire process without any
outstanding balances, is generally 8 to 10 weeks after your
18. How do I order an official
Saint Leo University may release official transcripts to a student
or to others with the student's written permission. Requests for
transcripts must bear the student's signature (required by the
Family Rights and Privacy Act of 1974). There is a $7 fee for each
Each request must contain the student's name, Social Security
number, and the following specific information: Request Transcripts
You may also fill out and mail our transcript request form.
The University will not provide a transcript of transfer credit
until successful completion of course work at Saint Leo University.
Transcripts should not be requested until the grade report for the
preceding term has been received.
Master's and bachelor's degrees are conferred on the first of
each month following the month in which you complete your final
degree requirements. All incomplete work (I) must be completed by
the conferral date. Transcript requests may be delayed until degree
conferral has been completed. Graduates will receive one free
official transcript with their diploma if all financial obligations
have been met.
Students must be financially clear at the time the Registrar
receives the transcript request for processing. If a student is
clearing a financial obligation at the time of the request,
clearance to release the transcript could take up to ten working
days. If a student is financially clear at the time we receive the
request, normal processing will be completed within three working
days. All transcript requests should be ordered directly from the
Mail requests along with a check, money order, or credit card
Saint Leo University Registrar's Office - MC 2278
P.O. Box 6665
Saint Leo, FL 33574
When using a credit card, the following information is
We accept rush requests via a fax to (352) 588-8390 when paying
with a credit card only. Overnight delivery, Monday - Thursday, is
available for an additional charge of $32.00.