Graduation and Diplomas

Graduation Requirements

Students who plan to graduate in December or May must submit an  Application for Degree Form  to the Registrar's Office by the end of October.

If your graduation is postponed for any reason, you must reapply by submitting another Application for Degree form.

In order to graduate, a student must have:

• completed at least 120 earned credit hours;
• completed at least 60 credit hours at AUBG;
• completed at least 30 of their final 60 hours at AUBG;
• earned a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00;
• completed all requirements for at least one major with a GPA in the major of at least 2.50;
• completed all General Education requirements and Foundations courses;
• completed at least 3 writing intensive courses in addition to the basic required expository writing courses (ENG 101 and ENG 102);
• satisfied all current obligations to the University
A student may participate in the Commencement if he or she satisfies all of the above requirements or can satisfy them with no more than eight credit hours of additional course work.

Students who have already received their diplomas cannot participate in future commencement ceremonies.

Commencement Ceremony

Find more detailed information about the commencement ceremony and commencement weekend activities here .

For those graduating with a Bachelor's degree

To register for state exam(s), fill in a State Exam / Diploma Defense Application and submit it to the Registrar's Office by the end of October  for both December and May state exams. Only students who have completed all degree requirements for their major (s) will be admitted to the state exam (s).  A completed Senior Thesis presented to a committee qualifies as a state exam.  The state examination committees use the following six point grading system to grade the exams:

Excellent (6.00), Very Good (5.00), Good (4.00), Satisfactory (3.00) and Poor (2.00)

An examination is considered successfully passed if the grade is at least Satisfactory (3.00). Students who successfully pass the state exam or defend a diploma thesis will receive their Bulgarian diploma no later than 4 months after the state exam session. A student must complete the state exam within the first three exam dates following completion of coursework.


Graduates receive their American diplomas at the Commencement Ceremony in May after they satisfy all current obligations to the university. Students who do not attend the ceremony can receive their diplomas from the Registrar's Office or by mail (See Diploma Receiving below).

Bulgarian diplomas and European Diploma Supplements (EDS) are printed approximately four months after the state exams - April  / August for December / May graduates respectively. Bulgarian Diplomas and EDS can be obtained from the Registrar's Office in person or by mail.

European Diploma Supplement for those graduating with a Bachelor's degree

According to the Bulgarian Higher Education Act students who have successfully completed the degree requirements and passed the state examination(s) in their major filed/s of study may receive the European Diploma Supplement (EDS), which will be added to their Bulgarian diploma. The Diploma Supplement is issued by the University upon written request by the student free of charge. More detailed information about the European Diploma Supplement is available on the European Commission's website:

Diploma Receiving

Students may request to have their diplomas mailed or designate an authorized person to pick it up from the Registrar's Office by submitting Diploma Release Form to the Registrar's office in person after satisfying all current obligations to the University. Mailing request for countries other than Bulgaria must be prepaid. 

Requests for duplicate diplomas may be made here Application for Diploma Reissue

Obtaining an Apostille

To obtain an apostille for your American diploma, you must request a certified copy of your American diploma using this form and conact Ms. Sara Hart, Admin. Assistant to the President, New England Commission of Higher Education at As of January 1, 2021, students who request an apostille  will be charged $200.00 by NECHE. Each additional apostille will be $95.00. This amount reflects the time spent preparing and tracking apostille information as well as the mailing fee.

Graduation Fee

The graduation fee must be paid no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday prior the Commencement ceremony..

Obligations to be satisfied before diplomas can be released

In order to receive their diplomas at the ceremony in May, all graduates must clear their financial obligations to the University.

The deadline for completing all obligations is 4:00 p.m. on the Thursday prior to the commencement ceremony.

Questions about your financial status can be addressed to the Student Billing Office at and Student Loan Office at

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