• Graduation: How and Why to Graduate

    Completing your degree or certificate may be one of the happiest days of your life! We encourage all students to celebrate your big achievement with family and friends. Don't miss out on the opportunity. Review these important steps to make sure you walk with your classmates, get your diploma and/or earn the credential. If you are approaching the final term in your program, make an appointment soon to see an advisor and apply for graduation.


    Why should I complete my degree at CCAC?

    Are you planning to transfer to a four-year school? Consider the value of earning your degree BEFORE you transfer or seek employment in your field:

    • Up your chances of getting a job and earning more money! The Associate Degree is a marketable credential.  Students who complete their associate degree or certificate can expect to earn as much as $8,000 more per year and about $400,000 more in a lifetime than a high school graduate.
    • The odds are in your favor! 82% of community college students who complete their degree before transferring obtain a bachelor's degree at a higher rate than those that transfer out without a degree.
    •  "Lock in" your college credits! Your associate's degree has a lifetime value. Your unfinished degree and courses will depreciate over time - so if you ever consider resuming your degree, some of the courses may not count as a result of relevancy and applicability.
    • Your CCAC Degree may earn you a place as a junior at the four-year school! Many transfer friendly schools recognize the Associate Degree and off placement as a college junior. Some schools even transfer up to 80 or 90 credits from CCAC. See CCAC's articulation agreements.
    • Do the math and save money! Completing an Associate Degree will save you time and money if the coursework is treated as a block. The credit hour costs at a community college are more than half the equivalent four-year college's tuition rate you may transfer into, thus saving you real dollars you don't have to borrow or pay for or retake. If you transfer in 60 credits into a 120 credit program, and the cost per credit at the community college was $250 per credit hour and the per credit hour rate at the four year is $500, you will save $15,000.


    Graduation Procedures

    In order to graduate with an associate degree, certificate or diploma, students must complete a graduation application at the Registration and Advisement office as early in their final semester as possible, but by the deadline shown in the academic calendar. The application will be reviewed by an academic advisor to determine whether all the program requirements have been met and the student's institutional GPA is 2.00 or better (institutional GPA does not include grades from developmental or transfer courses). Once final grades have been posted for the student's last term of attendance, the student's transcript will be noted with the appropriate credential (degree, certificate or diploma) and the date it was earned.

    Students graduating with a GPA of 3.50 or higher will qualify for honors as follows:

    • 3.50-3.69 Honors
    • 3.70-3.89 High Honors
    • 3.90-4.00 Highest Honors

    When completing the graduation application (or anytime thereafter) students can indicate they want to receive a diploma by paying a $20 academic credential processing fee.

    Commencement ceremonies are held each May for students who complete their program of study the previous December, the current May and the upcoming August. Phi Theta Kappa, Psi Beta and Honors Program students are encouraged to wear their honors regalia at commencement. Students must pay the $20 academic credential processing fee as well as purchase a cap and gown from the campus bookstore to participate in commencement ceremonies.

    If you are approaching the final term in your program, make an appointment soon to see an advisor and apply for graduation: