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Graduation Requirements

Students may elect to graduate in accordance with the degree or certificate requirements as listed in the catalog that is current at the time of their first registration or any subsequent edition, as long as the catalog is not more than six years old. Students wishing to change a catalog choice prior to graduation must notify the Admissions and Records Office.

Associate Degree Requirements
To be eligible for an associate degree, students must:

  1. complete and submit an application for graduation for each degree sought to the Admissions and Records Office by the published deadline;
  2. complete all program requirements as specified in the catalog, including curricular admission requirements;
  3. earn a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in the curriculum, and earn grades in compliance with department policy;
  4. fulfill all course and credit-hour requirements of the curriculum with at least 25% of credit semester hours earned at RCC;
  5. fulfill the computer literacy requirement (students should consult their academic advisor for details);
  6. be certified by appropriate college official for graduation;
  7. take the student outcomes assessment as required by the college, and
  8. resolve all financial obligations to the college and return all library and college materials.


Certificate Requirements
To be eligible for a certificate, students must:

  1. complete and submit an application for graduation for each certificate sought to the Admissions and Records Office by the published deadline;
  2. complete all program requirements as specified in the catalog, including curricular admission requirements;
  3. earn a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in the curriculum, and earn grades in compliance with department policy;
  4. fulfill all course and credit-hour requirements of the curriculum with at least 25% of credit semester hours earned at RCC;
  5. have fulfilled the computer literacy requirement (students should consult their academic advisor for details);
  6. be certified by appropriate college official or graduation, and
  7. resolve all financial obligations to the college and return all library and college materials.


Career Studies Certificate Requirements
To be eligible for a career studies certificate, students must:

  1. complete and submit an application for graduation for each certificate sought to the Admissions and Records Office by the published deadline;
  2. complete all program requirements as specified in the catalog, including curricular admission requirements;
  3. earn a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in the curriculum, and earn grades in compliance with department policy;
  4. fulfill all course and credit-hour requirements of the curriculum with at least 25% of credit semester hours earned at RCC;
  5. be certified by appropriate college official for graduation, and
  6. resolve all financial obligations to the college and return all library and college materials.

For all degrees and certificates:

  • If a student applies for graduation but does not graduate, the student must submit another graduation application for a subsequent term. Students may graduate after fall, spring, or summer terms.
  • Final responsibility for completing degree requirements rests with the student.

Physical Education Requirements
Only health, physical education, or recreation courses that promote physical and emotional well-being may be used to satisfy the physical education requirement in a curriculum.

The college grants 2 credits of physical education/health credits for basic military training to satisfy the physical education/health requirement of a veteran’s major.

Multiple Degrees or Certificates
In awarding students more than one degree or certificate, the college may grant credit for all previously completed applicable courses which are requirements of the additional degree or certificate. However, the awards must differ from one another by at least 25% of the credits.

Graduation Honors
A student who has fulfilled the requirements of one or more degree or certificate programs is eligible for graduation honors. Honors are based on overall scholastic achievements, and are recorded on the student’s transcript as follows:

Minimum Cumulative GPA Honor

3.2 Cum laude (with honor)
3.5 Magna cum laude (with great honor)
3.8 Summa cum laude (with highest honor)

Course Expiration
Courses in the sciences and technologies required for graduation shall have been completed no more than 10 years prior to the time of graduation, unless exceptions have been made by the campus dean based on the recommendation of appropriate faculty and the student’s academic advisor.

Outcomes and Assessments
Students may be required to complete testing, survey, questionnaire or other assessment activities designed to measure general education achievement and/or achievement in selected major areas prior to graduation, for the purpose of evaluation of academic programs. No minimum score or level of achievement is required for graduation. Assessment results will remain confidential and will be used for the sole purpose of improvement of the College.

Commencement
RCC has one formal commencement ceremony each year for students completing degree or certificate curricula throughout the academic year. All graduates are expected to participate in this formal commencement. Students who graduate in the summer or fall will be invited to participate in the following spring’s commencement ceremony.

Duplicate Diploma Requests
To obtain a duplicate diploma, please complete the Duplicate Diploma Request Form and submit to the Admissions and Records (A&R) Office on either campus. The form can be picked up from the (A&R) Office or printed from the Forms section of the Admissions webpage. There is a $10 fee for each duplicate diploma requested.

General Education Areas
General education is that portion of the collegiate experience that addresses the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values characteristic of educated persons. It is unbounded by disciplines and honors the connections among bodies of knowledge. RCC degree graduates will demonstrate competency in the following general education areas:

  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Cultural and Social Understanding
  • Information Literacy
  • Personal Development
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Scientific Reasoning

The associate degree programs at RCC support a collegiate experience that focuses on this definition and attendant areas.

This page was last modified on August 27, 2014. If you are looking for previous catalog information, please reference the 2008-2010 Catalog, 2010-2012 Catalog, or 2013-2014 Catalog.


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