Degree Conferral

FNU confers degrees throughout the year, not just at the end of a term.


Students will be considered eligible for graduation upon satisfying the following requirements:

  • Complete all required courses for the program of study.
  • Recieve final grades for all required courses. Incomplete (I) and In-Progress (IP) grades are temporary marks, not final grades. A student is not eligible to graduate until the I or IP grade is resolved.
  • Reconcile all financial balances on the student billing account.
  • MSN and PGC Students ONLY: Submit all end of clinical paperwork including the signed Declaration of Safety (DOS) from the primary preceptor, the final Stage 4 MDAT from the RCF, and the completed End of Clinical Record.
  • CNEP Students ONLY: Proof of attendance for the AABC “How to Start a Birth Center” Workshop. AABC provides FNU with the roster of students who have completed the workshop at the end of each month.
  • Complete the FNU Application for Graduation. The graduation application should not be submitted until all of the requirements listed above have been met.

Students will receive an email from the Registrar once the degree or certificate is conferred. 


Please note, it typically takes 6-8 weeks between the date of the degree conferral and the date you receive the diploma. The diploma will be printed and mailed according to the details you provide in the FNU Application for Graduation. Each student will be sent a complimentary official transcript along with the diploma. Additional transcripts can be ordered via the Transcript Request Form.


National Certifying Agencies

If you need an official transcript or other documents sent to a certifying agency, please see the table below for instructions. You can also see the Student Career Resources page for information on the licensing and certification process.


American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)

 Request an official transcript be sent to AANP by completing the online transcript request form. Please note that AANP usually requires an official transcript showing the degree conferral date.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

 Download their form and complete any student information sections. Forward the document to for further completion.

National Certification Corporation (NCC)

 Students will be e-mailed additional information to provide to NCC after officially graduating from the university.

American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB)

 FNU will regularly notify AMCB of all Nurse Midwifery graduates. Once you have received an e-mail indicating you have officially graduated from the university, please follow up directly with AMCB to schedule boards.


Commencement Ceremony

Students may participate in the annual FNU Commencement Ceremony after the degree or certificate has been conferred by the Registrar or by meeting the specific eligibility criteria as defined in the Commencement Ceremony Participation policy in the FNU Catalog. More information about the commencement ceremony can be found on the Commencement portal page.

Replacement Diploma Request

If you need a replacement diploma due to misplacement, natural disaster, etc., please send an e-mail to Please note there will be a $30 fee for a reprint of the MSN diploma and a $40 fee for a reprint of the DNP diploma. It will take 6-8 weeks for the replacement diploma to arrive from the date of order.