RN to BSN Graduation Information

RN TO BSN GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Students in the BSN Program, RN to BSN Option 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.

RN TO BSN GRADUATION HONORS

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

All Programs

  • Valedictorian: The student with the highest grade point average in a graduating class will be recognized as the program valedictorian.

Students with any course failures are not eligible for consideration for graduation honors, including valedictorian.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

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

  • 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.

We recommend using 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

2018 CAMPUS GRADUATION COORDINATOR CONTACT INFORMATION

Louisville Campus
Graduation Coordinator:

Karen Lichtefeld
Executive Assistant to the Program Directors
klichtefeld@galencollege.edu
502-410-6258

Cincinnati Campus
Graduation Coordinator:

Joyce Bucci
Receptionist
jbucci@galencollege.edu
513-475-3611

San Antonio Campus
Graduation Coordinator:

Maricella Rodriguez
Administrative Assistant
mrodriguez@galencollege.edu
210-249-2450

Tampa Campus
Graduation Coordinator:

Samantha Feminella
Administrative Assistant
sfeminella@galencollege.edu
727-258-6836

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)

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 3 weeks after your completion date. Diploma covers and pins are distributed at the Graduation ceremony.

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 of the 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.