Commencement exercises are held at the end of each academic term. Students will complete an intent-to-graduate form when they register for their final academic term. To be eligible to apply for graduation, students must have no more than two deficit classes at the time of application. The graduation requirements below must be met. Students who do not graduate at the end of the academic term in which they applied for graduation must reapply with the Student Administrative Services Office during the first week of their next academic term. Intent-to-graduate forms will not be accepted after the 15th day of classes without the approval of the Registrar.
The degree of Doctor of Chiropractic is conferred upon students who have fulfilled the following requirements:
Academic requirements: A minimum number of classroom hours of instruction and the program credit hours, (dependent on campus) must be completed. The Registrar will review the records of all students on the Intent-to-Graduate List to determine that all academic requirements, other than those in the final academic term, have been met. Discrepancies in the student’s academic record will be investigated and unqualified students will be removed from the Intent-to-Graduate List.
Clinical Requirements: Meeting the clinical requirements for graduation requires the successful completion of all clinic courses. Clinical requirements must be completed two weeks prior to graduation or the student is not eligible to graduate. The Academic Standing Committee will hear appeals and act as the final decision-maker. Students who have completed all of the non-clinical requirements, the student clinic quantitative requirements, and 80 percent of each of the remaining quantitative clinical requirements may be eligible for a clinic contract and participation in the graduation ceremony for the current term. The remaining quantitative requirements must be completed by the end of the first week of classes in the next academic term. Failure to complete these requirements by the deadline will require the student to reapply for graduation in a subsequent term.
Final Academic approval: Final grades for graduating students will be available prior to the Academic Standing Committee graduation meeting on the Monday prior to graduation. At this meeting, the Registrar will present the graduation list for the Committee’s approval. All appeals of graduation decisions will be heard at this meeting and adjudicated by the committee. After the Committee has approved the graduation list, it will be presented to the Academic Dean for final approval.
Institutional Clearance: Under the direction of the Registrar, institutional clearance will be conducted shortly after the graduation list is approved. Graduating students are required to fulfill all outstanding obligations to the College at this time. Those who fail to complete institutional clearance will be removed from the graduation list and may be reinstated only by application to the Registrar, under the guidelines established between the Academic Standing Committee and the Registrar.
Attendance: Attendance at the graduation exercises is mandatory for all students. In extreme circumstances, students may be excused by application through the College Registrar to the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Academics.
Sixty-five percent of students graduating from 2007 through 2009 completed the program on time, in ten trimesters. Eighty-two percent of students graduating during the same time period completed the program in either ten or eleven trimesters.
West Campus: Seventy percent of students graduating from 2008 through 2009 completed the program on time, in thirteen quarters. Eighty-two percent of students graduating during the same time period completed the program in either thirteen or fourteen quarters.
Ninety percent of students graduating from 2008 through 2009 completed the program on time, in thirteen quarters. Ninety-six percent of students graduating during the same time period completed the program in either thirteen or fourteen quarters.
Students meeting the following criteria will be awarded honors at graduation.
The criteria are:
- Cum Laude – GPA of 3.50 to 3.69
- Magna cum Laude – GPA of 3.70 to 3.89
- Summa cum Laude – GPA of 3.90 to 4.00
The individual(s) selected for graduation honors will be determined by the cumulative grade point average at the end of the academic term prior to that of the graduation term. Credits or grades earned during the academic term in which the student graduates will not be considered in determination of these honors.
The individual(s) selected for Valedictorian will be the member(s) of the graduation class maintaining the highest cumulative grade point average at the end of the term prior to that of the graduation term. In addition, this individual(s) must have completed all academic and clinical requirements of Palmer College.
The student(s) must meet the following requirements:
- Have the highest cumulative G.P.A.
- Cannot have withdrawn from any core course
- May not have repeated any course at Palmer College
- Shall have no “blemish” on his or her record. This includes
- A grade of no credit in any course during the student’s chiropractic education
- Being placed on probation at any time during the student’s chiropractic education
- Receiving a disciplinary sanction at any time during the student’s chiropractic education
The individual(s) selected for Salutatorian will be the member(s) of the graduation class maintaining the second highest cumulative grade point average at the end of the term prior to that of the graduation term. In addition, this individual(s) must have completed all academic and clinical requirements of Palmer College. The student(s) must also meet criteria 2 through 4 listed above.
Individuals receiving these honors will be recognized at their graduation ceremony. The designation of the Valedictorian and/or Salutatorian for a graduating class is the responsibility of the Registrar.
Research honors are awarded to students making a significant contribution to chiropractic research. The student research program is under the auspices of the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research. Students interested in qualifying for research honors are encouraged to contact the research center for details.
Clinical Excellence Award
The Clinical Excellence Award may be presented to a graduating doctor who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishment in service to patients, the College and the chiropractic profession. Candidates are nominated by Clinic faculty and are judged on quality of patient care, leadership potential, knowledge, skills and service.
Virgil V. Strang Philosophy Award
The Virgil V. Strang Philosophy Award is named in honor of Virgil V. Strang, D.C., H.C.D., Palmer’s seventh president and a chiropractic philosopher. Candidates are nominated by their peers and by the Virgil V. Strang Philosophy Award Committee comprised of faculty members.
A student is eligible to be an Academic Scholar if the student has achieved the Dean’s List honors for each term of enrollment at Palmer College. Award recipients will be honored during graduation ceremonies.