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Online RN to BSN Graduation Information


Students in the Online RN to BSN program will receive a degree from Galen under the following conditions:

  • All course requirements are met; and
  • Achievement of a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0; and
  • All residency requirements are met; and
  • All financial obligations are met.

Students who have successfully fulfilled all diploma or degree requirements in their selected program of study are eligible to participate in commencement.


Galen College of Nursing recognizes the academic achievement of its graduates by designating academic honors for students with the following cumulative grade point average:

Baccalaureate Degree

  • Cum Laude: 3.5 – 3.74
  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.75 – 3.89
  • Summa Cum Laude: 3.9 or greater

*Please see College catalog regarding honor’s policy.


Each Galen campus has four graduation ceremonies per year. Our ceremonies include students from all of our Programs: LVN/LPN, ADN, BSN, and MSN.

  • During the Capstone Preparation course (4850-P), students will complete a graduation application, which is essentially a graduation survey. At this time students will elect to either attend or not attend the commencement ceremony.
  • Student Support Liaisons will provide campus specific information related to the commencement ceremony, including contact information for the Campus Graduation Coordinators.
  • Students order invitations, regalia, and other graduation needs with assistance from the Campus Graduation Coordinators.
  • Students attend graduation practice and ceremony.
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We use the following as a guideline when determining which ceremony you will participate in:

Completion of Program Commencement Ceremony Month
February April
April July
June July
August October
October January
December January


Cincinnati Campus
Graduation Coordinator:

Kelly Johnson, EdD
Community Resource Specialist

Hazard Campus
Graduation Coordinator:

Lacey Gayheart, BSW, LSW
Campus Operations Manager
(606) 629-3143

Louisville Campus
Graduation Coordinator:

Karen Lichtefeld
Executive Assistant to the Program Directors

San Antonio Campus
Graduation Coordinator:
James Garcia
Campus Engagement Specialist

Tampa Campus
Graduation Coordinator:

Samantha Levine
Administrative Assistant


Cincinnati Campus
Tri County Asesmbly
7350 Dixie Hwy
Fairfield, OH 45014

Hazard Campus
The Forum – Hal Rogers Center
101 Bulldog Lane
Hazard, KY 41701

Louisville Campus
Northeast Christian Church
9900 Brownsboro Road
Louisville, KY 40241

San Antonio Campus
Summit Christian Center
2575 Marshall Road
San Antonio, TX 78259

Tampa Campus
The Coliseum
535 Fourth Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33701


How should I dress?

Our commencement ceremony is a formal event.  Faculty, staff, and students should dress suitably for a formal event.  Graduating males should wear dress slacks, dress shirt, shoes and tie. Graduating females should wear dress slacks, dress or skirt, and dress shoes.  Inappropriate dress attire would be identified as flip flops, shorts, jeans, track suit, or sweat pants.  Students participating in the ceremony should wear their graduation attire under their gowns.  For your personal safety, please keep shoes to a modest heel (3″).

When can I expect my diploma?

Diplomas and one copy of your official transcript will be mailed approximately 2 months after completion of the program. Diploma covers and pins are distributed at the graduation ceremony, if you do not attend, your diploma cover will be mailed.

How long is the ceremony?

Approximately 2 hours.

Do I need a new cap and gown?

If you are an Alumni of Galen’s Associate degree program and still have your cap and gown, you do not need to purchase a new one. You will need to purchase a tassel.

How many people can be invited to the ceremony?

Check with Campus Graduation Coordinator for details.

Do my guests need tickets to get into the ceremony?

Check with Campus Graduation Coordinator for details.

Do we have a corporate/discount rate at any hotels near the ceremony site?

Check with Campus Graduation Coordinator for details.

Will photos be taken at the ceremony?

Check with Campus Graduation Coordinator for details.