Graduation Information

Mars Hill University has two commencement exercises annually; for the 2019-20 academic year, the December ceremony takes place on December 20, 2019 and May ceremony takes place on May 9, 2019. Those students who complete degree requirements in summer school are invited to participate in the December ceremony.

Students expecting to graduate during the academic year are required to:

  1. Complete a graduation application indicating anticipated graduation date.
  2. Schedule an evaluation meeting with Brandon Johnson, Assistant Registrar, to determine completion of all academic requirements for general education and declared major(s), concentration(s), and minor(s) as stipulated in the catalog of record. Graduation requirements further state that a minimum of 128 semester hours of credit must be earned. Sixty credit hours must be earned at a senior level institution. The last 32 credit hours and a minimum of 12 hours in the major must be earned at Mars Hill University. The student must earn a grade point average of 2.00 for all courses attempted at Mars Hill excluding those taken on an S/U basis and those to which the Repeat Policy was applied. In addition, the student must earn a cumulative MHU and transfer grade point average of 2.00.
  3. Discharge all college financial obligations to the satisfaction of the business office and/or financial aid office.

For additional information contact Brandon Johnson, Assistant Registrar, at (828) 689-1152 or by email.


Each guest will be required to have a ticket for admission to Moore Auditorium for Commencement. Tickets will be available online for traditional students and AGS students to reserve. Tickets are in high demand. If you have not indicated that you are participating in the ceremony, you will not receive guest tickets. If you will not use all of your tickets, please share them with your fellow graduates or return the tickets to the Registrar’s Office. Number of tickets will be announced after application deadline.


GRADUATION FAIR: Monday, October 21, 11:00am-5:00pm, Tuesday, October 22, 10:00am-2:00pm. Jostens will be at the University Bookstore for cap & gown, announcement, and ring sales. Check out discounted prices at event only.

GRADUATION REHEARSAL: December 10, 4:00pm – Moore Auditorium, Fine Arts Building

GRADUATION RECEPTION: December 19, 3-5:00pm – 2nd Floor, Wren Student Union

Friday, December 20

2:00pm GRADUATES REPORT TO SPAINHOUR, Line-up and Honors recognitions
3:00pm  COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY, Moore Auditorium, Fine Arts Building

In order to participate in the ceremony, you must have met all academic requirements by 8:00am on Thursday, December 19 when grades are due.