Students who will be completing their degree requirements during fall 2020 must submit a petition for graduation by September 15, 2020. Students who will be completing their degree requirements during spring 2021 and/or summer 2021 must submit a petition for graduation by October 1, 2020. All graduation petitions must be completed and returned to the registrar’s office (C120).

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
  • 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. 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 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 C120.


Current Electronic Portfolio Requirements Include:

  • The proposal essay from English 111, including the works cited page
  • A late-program essay from the student’s technical program (for an associate of arts or associate of science student, from the intended areas of study upon transfer) that meets both communications and critical thinking requirements
  • Submissions are made through myNSCC