May 28, 2024  
APU 2015-2016 Academic Catalog 
APU 2015-2016 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Credit by Exam

A maximum of 45 semester hours may be earned through institutional examination or using approved standardized tests and applied toward a Bachelor of Arts/Science degree, 22 semester hours may be applied toward the Associate of Arts degree. See Alternative Credit section in Academic Regulations  for more information.

Dual Degrees/Second Degrees

Students wishing to apply for dual degrees (BA and BS) or earn a secondary bachelor’s/master’s degree please refer to the Dual Degree section in Academic Regulations  for more information on the process.

Graduation Communication

All information regarding graduation (application reminders, degree audits, and all graduation communications) will be directed only to the candidate’s APU email address. Graduating students are expected to check their email to remain informed about graduation. If a student has not seen any communications about graduation after applying, please contact the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation/Summer Degree Conferral Application

Students must apply for graduation/summer degree conferral as follows:

December 1st  April/May Graduation
April 1st Summer Completion
September 1st December Graduation


The graduation application is valid for only the specified semester. A new application and application fee must be resubmitted if the student does not graduate in the designated semester. All candidates for degrees must be approved by the faculty and the Board of Trustees. Late additions after the approval of the graduation list will not be accepted and will be moved to next semester.

Graduation Honors

Alaska Pacific University grants the following graduation honors to baccalaureate degree candidates. These designations are included on transcripts.




Cumulative GPA


Summa Cum Laude


3.90 or higher


Magna Cum Laude




Cum Laude



These GPAs are based on all college work attempted at Alaska Pacific University.

Residency Requirement for Graduation

For the A.A. Degrees, the final 16 credit hours must be taken in residence at Alaska Pacific University. For the B.A. and B.S. Degrees, the final 32 credit hours must be taken in residence at Alaska Pacific University. Exceptions are handled by appeal to the Registrar’s Advisory Committee using the Request for Special Consideration form.

Summer Degree Completion

In 2013, Alaska Pacific University opted to no longer hold summer graduation ceremony for students. Students will still be allowed to complete degree requirements normally offered during the summer semester. The graduation date will reflect as the last day of the summer semester. Degree completion will be posted on the transcript after final grades have been received.

Summer completers will be provided the option to participate in fall or following spring (not proceeding) graduation ceremony. Summer diplomas will be held to be presented at the graduation ceremony. Degrees will reflect the last day of summer semester for the completion date.