Graduation Guide 2024

2024 Graduation Guide

(December 2023, May 2024, and August 2024 Graduates)

Application for Graduation

Students should submit an Application for Graduation to the Office of the Registrar no later than the end of the add/drop period one semester prior to all degree requirements being completed. The application is available on myPBA, under the Students tab, on the Commencement page.

To locate the online application:

  1. Go to:
  2. Log into myPBA.

The “Application for Graduation” is highlighted. Click the link in the window to get started.

Tickets & Regalia

Reserve your tickets here. Each student can claim up to five (5) tickets for their respective Commencement ceremony.

Order regalia here the ticket ordering deadline is March 31, and the regalia deadline is March 22, 2024.

Commencement Participation

In order to participate in our annual Commencement Ceremonies, students must file an Application for Graduation and complete all degree requirements by the conclusion of the academic year.

All Business Office accounts must be clear in order to walk in commencement. In addition, all Chapel and Workship requirements and any remaining holds or citation fees must be cleared before your diploma will be released.

Commencement is an occasion marking a special time in a student’s academic career. It is expected that all candidates for graduation will participate in Commencement ceremonies.

Commencement is a rite of passage that demands a sense of formality and dignity. Each graduate will be honored as his or her name is read, and he or she walks across the platform to receive recognition from the University president.

No graduate should act in such a manner that would detract from another student’s moment of honor. Graduates who choose to celebrate excessively through inappropriate behavior will be fined based on the severity of the offense, and the diploma will be held until the account is cleared.

To respect and honor all graduates, please stay seated until the ceremony ends.

Click here to review the Baccalaureate Graduation Requirements

Regardless of academic achievement, a student on disciplinary probation may not graduate from PBA until the probation has been removed.

Undergraduate Graduation Honors

Undergraduate Latin Honors are given for earning a cumulative Palm Beach Atlantic GPA of:

  • 3.75 to 3.81 – Cum Laude (bronze)
  • 3.82 to 3.89 – Magna Cum Laude (silver)
  • 3.90 or above – Summa Cum Laude (gold)

Undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 54 GPA credit hours at Palm Beach Atlantic to be eligible for honors.

Graduate Graduation Honors (School of Pharmacy only)

Graduate Latin Honors are awarded only to graduates of the Pharmacy School for earning a cumulative Palm Beach Atlantic GPA of:

  • 3.60 to 3.74 – Cum Laude(bronze)
  • 3.75 to 3.85 – Magna Cum Laude (silver)
  • 3.86 or above – Summa Cum Laude (gold)

Pharmacy students must complete a minimum of 60 GPA credit hours at Palm Beach Atlantic to be eligible for honors.

Regalia (Cap and Gown)

Students completing their degrees in December 2023 can order their regalia early for personal events and photos through the following link: Palm Beach Atlantic University Graduation Products (

the regalia deadline is March 22, 2024.

How to Wear Your Regalia

More Information

  • Bachelor gowns, Master gowns, and Doctoral gowns are all different. Students should carefully order the correct gown for their degree.
  • Robes should be steamed or pressed prior to commencement.
  • No cap decorations may extend up or out from the cap. Any decoration must be in good taste and reflect a positive attitude. Doctoral tams may not be decorated. Students will be given a plain black cap in exchange for any cap not conforming to the regulations.
  • Master and Doctoral graduates may have a hood to wear over their gowns.
  • Only sashes and honor cords obtained through PBA may be worn over the gown. Students are limited to four (4) sashes or honor cords.

Appropriate Attire

Since Commencement demands a sense of formality and dignity, graduates should dress appropriately for this milestone life event.

Men should wear a shirt, tie, dark pants, and dark dress shoes.

Women should dress suitably for a special occasion, recognizing that commencement is a formal and professional event.

Students should avoid anything that would draw attention to themselves or embarrass classmates or their guests. Wear shoes appropriate for walking distances and scaling ramps.


Graduates will be handed empty diploma cases during the commencement ceremony. No diplomas will be available at commencement.

Once all final grades are recorded and degree requirements have been verified, the diplomas will be mailed to the address submitted on the Application for Graduation. Copies of transcripts are not sent with diplomas.

Requests for expedited degree conferral must be emailed to

Graduation Photos

Grad Images will be the official photographer for Commencement. Three individual photos will be taken, and proofs will be sent to each graduate. Commencement participants will have the option of purchasing these photos directly from Grad Images. Please specify the graduation year when placing your order.

Official Transcripts

Students can order official transcripts through the National Student Clearinghouse portal at Students who need degree conferral information on their transcripts should select “After Degree Is Awarded” under the Processing Details section of the order form.

Office of the Registrar

Palm Beach Atlantic University
P.O. Box 24708
West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4708
561-803-2072 or 888-468-6722

Office of the Registrar


Palm Beach Atlantic University
P.O. Box 24708
West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4708

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Phone: (561) 803-2072