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Graduation Requirements


Graduation Requirements

Graduation ceremonies are held in December and May on the last day of the semester at Clinton Community College.  To be eligible to receive a degree a student must:

 

  1. Complete all courses specified for his/her degree area.
  2. Earn a 2.00 cumulative quality point average.
  3. Earn a minimum of 15 credits in residence at Clinton Community College.
  4. Submit a graduation worksheet (link below to print worksheet) which has been approved by his/her advisor to the Registrar’s Office by date specified.

 

 

The following is information regarding graduation policies:

 

A.     Valedictorian and Salutatorian

 

Graduating students who have completed at least 48 credit hours in residence at CCC are eligible for consideration as valedictorian or salutatorian.  Transfer hours and CLEP hours will not be included in this requirement.

 

Among the eligible students (not to include students lacking 6 or less semester hours), the student with the highest cumulative GPA will be designated the valedictorian.  In the case of identical averages, the student who has completed the greater percentage of CCC credits will be the valedictorian, and the student with the same GPA but a lower percentage of CCC credits will be named salutatorian.  Otherwise, the student with the second highest cumulative GPA will be named salutatorian.  In the case of identical averages, the student who has completed the greater percentage of his or her degree requirements at CCC will be the salutatorian.  If the GPAs and percentages of credits taken at CCC are the same for more than one student, all will be awarded the respective honors.  Such honors may be awarded in absentia and will be noted on the official transcript and diploma.  To qualify, a student must meet all degree requirements.

 

  1. In order to participate in the graduation ceremony lacking 6 or less semester hours, the following must apply: 

1.      Student must complete the course(s) within the following semester from which they are participating in the graduation ceremony.  For May graduation, the student must complete their course(s) – either at CCC or another accredited college – by the end of the Summer semester.  For December graduation, the student must complete their course(s) – either at CCC or another accredited college – by the end of the Spring semester.  In each case, the student must present proof to the Registrar’s Office of having registered for the courses prior to the Commencement Ceremony.  The Registrar will set the actual deadline for the presentation of proof.

2.      If the course(s) that the student is required to complete is/are not offered during the following semester, they may, with assistance from their advisor, submit a course substitution form.  The course substitution must be approved prior to the Permission to Participate in graduation form is completed.

3.      Students must complete a Permission to Participate in Graduation request form located in the Registrar’s Office.  The student, student’s advisor, Registrar and VP for Academic Affairs must sign the form.  This form must accompany the student’s graduation worksheet when submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

4.      Students who participate in the graduation ceremony short 6 or less semester hours are not eligible to be designated as graduating with honors or high honors or to be considered for valedictorian/salutatorian status.

5.      If a student is completing the course(s) at another institution, it is the student’s responsibility to request an official transcript from that institution to be sent to the Registrar’s Office prior to the beginning of the Fall semester (for May participants) or the beginning of the Summer semester (for December participants).

6.      Date of degree completion that will be on the student’s diploma and transcript will be August (for May participants) or May (for December participants) as long as the hours missing are completed within the specified timeframe listed in #1 above.

 

         C.     Graduation with Honors

 

Students with a cumulative quality point average of 3.25 to 3.49 at time of graduation will graduate “Cum Laude”.  Students with a cumulative quality point average of 3.5 to 3.74 at time of graduation will graduate "Magna Cum Laude".  Students with a cumulative quality point average of 3.75 to 4.0 at time of graduation will gradaute "Summa Cum Laude".   To be eligible for any designation, a student must complete at least one-half the minimum number of credit hours of college study required for the degree or certificate (including life experience credit granted) at Clinton Community College.

 

D.     Double Degree

 

It is possible for a student to earn more than one degree, applying credits earned in certain courses toward the total needed for each degree under the following conditions:

 

1.      The full requirements for each degree must be met.

2.      Courses may be counted twice, once for each degree, either to meet general education or program requirements.

3.      Successful completion of requirements for both degrees will require a minimum of an additional semester of registration and at least 15 additional credits.


For graduation worksheets, please Click here for degree listing