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Students who will be completing their degree requirements during fall 2014, spring 2015 and summer 2015 must submit a petition for graduation and return it to the registrar’s office (C106) by June 15 for fall graduates and October 1 for spring/summer graduates.

Graduation Requirements
The associate degree is awarded upon the successful completion of any one of the two-year programs. A certificate is awarded upon the successful completion of any of the one-year certificate programs.

Students must:

  • Successfully complete all required courses in their program. Certain majors require a “C” grade or better in certain courses to meet graduation requirements. Each required course in which an “F” grade is received must be repeated.
  • Attain a 2.0 grade point average in their technical courses. The cumulative technical point average (CUM TECH GPA) is obtained at the conclusion of each semester by dividing the number of credit points earned by the number of credit hours the student has attempted in technical courses only. Technical courses are designated by a “+” in front of the course number under each technology in this catalog. Maintain an accumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all courses.
  • Completion of 30 percent of the credits from Northwest State Community College
  • Submit the non-refundable graduation fee with the application for graduation
  • In addition, all associate degree graduates may be required to:
    • Complete a national normed test
    • Submit the required elements of a portfolio

Students are eligible to receive only one degree within a technology but may have more than one major. All majors are listed on the student’s transcript. Diplomas are issued for each degree within a technology. Students applying for a certificate and associate degree within the same technology at the same time will be awarded the higher degree only. Students wishing to receive dual degree/dual technologies must meet with their academic advisor to fulfill their programs of study.

All petitions for graduation must be completed by the date established by the registrar’s office. Students who do not complete requirements for a degree or certificate within the academic year of submitting a petition must reapply for graduation. The petition fee is waived for reapplications. A graduation petition is available on the registrar’s office web page and in the office. Each graduate is expected to attend the graduation exercises after the application for graduation has been approved. Students who are unable to attend graduation exercises should notify the College by contacting the registrar’s office at least two weeks prior to commencement.

The vice president for academics may waive the repeating of an “F” grade in special circumstances where a course is no longer available for the student to repeat and/or a reasonable substitution can be made. Students may, with written permission of their division dean or vice president for academics, repeat a course in which they earned a passing grade. The grade received for the repeated course will thereafter be substituted for the former grade in calculating the student’s cumulative grade point average.

Graduation with Honors
Any student graduating with a cumulative point average of 3.50 or higher will be graduated with honors as follows:

3.50 – 3.74 Cum Laude
3.75 – 3.89 Magna Cum Laude
3.90 – 4.00 Summa Cum Laude

A notation of this honor will be placed on the student’s diploma and transcript.

Completing a Second Major
When a student completes a second major at any time within the same technology area, the second major will be added to the transcript. Students must complete a graduation application, including the fee, if the second major is completed after the initial degree was awarded. A graduation application is available on this web page and in the office located in C106.

Current Electronic Portfolio Requirements Include:

  • The argument paper from English 111 (submission required to pass course)
  • The research paper from English 112 (submission required to pass course)
  • A writing assignment from a Humanities core course most likely to demonstrate critical thinking skills
  • A writing assignment from a Social Sciences core course most likely to demonstrate critical thinking skills
  • A writing assignment that represents, in the student’s opinion, his or her best writing and critical thinking performance from late in the program (preferably from the final semester, and not duplicating other portfolio submissions)
  • A writing assignment from the student’s technical program (or, for an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science student, from the intended area of study upon transfer), that demonstrates application of writing and critical thinking skills (not to duplicate other portfolio submissions)
  • Any other assignments designated by the student’s specific degree program. Some programs require additional submissions beyond the minimum listed above.
  • Submissions are made through myNSCC