The Price of Graduating

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The Price of Graduating

All graduating students of John Paul the Great Catholic University must pay a graduation fee to cover the expenses that are spent for their celebration. 

After three years of college, the school provides different senior events to celebrate their hard work and success in school. Students are given the opportunity to walk during the Commencement Ceremony at the price of $300. Those who decide not to walk are required to pay a fee of $100 for other various events that are held for seniors. 

Here are the events and items that the revenue of the student fees cover:

  • Cap and Gown
  • Diplomas
  • Postage and Printing of Diplomas
  • Honor Cords
  • Printing of Commencement Programs
  • Catering for the Commencement Ceremony 
  • Compensation for Our Lady of Mount Carmel and stipends for the priests, choir, and other incidentals
  • Photographer
  • Senior Events
    • Senior Dinner (catering and other expenses)
    • Toast to the Seniors (beverages and other expenses)
    • Senior Showcase (rental of the theater)
  • Additional Expenses if necessary 

The total expenses for the 2017 Graduation was $22,428. The revenue collected from the 2017 Graduating Class was $20,800. The University covered the differential of $1,628 after the collected revenue of graduation fees. The Class of 2018 are excepted to have a smaller graduating class which means the revenue collected will be lower than last year’s. The expenses for Graduation have gradually increased over the years. 

The fees for graduation are not unique to only JPCatholic. Most colleges have a graduation fee due to the expenses that are necessary for the celebration. For more information about graduation, here is the University’s link. For Seniors, make sure to complete the graduation form online by May 29th, 2018 before 5:00PM. 


Graduation Info: 

Senior Graduation Form:


Photo courtesy of JPCatholic website.

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