Graduation Requirements

Students must submit an application for graduation to the Admissions and Records Office by the published due date. Students should consult with their academic advisor prior to submitting the graduation application. Graduation applications may be obtained online or from the Admissions and Records Office.

Application Due Dates:
Summer – June 30
Fall – October 29
Spring – January 30

Students may elect to graduate in accordance with the degree requirements as recorded in the catalog that is current at the time of their first registration or any subsequent edition, except that any catalog chosen must not be more than six years old. Students must notify the Admissions and Records Office of their catalog choice prior to applying for graduation.

Physical Education Requirements
The physical education requirements for the degree and certificate programs may be waived for veterans, and the college may substitute other credits to satisfy the total credit requirement of the veteran’s curriculum.

Second Degree or Certificate
In awarding students an additional 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 for graduation is eligible for graduation honors. Honors are based on overall scholastic achievements and are recorded on the student’s transcript as follows:

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

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.

Rappahannock Community College has one formal commencement ceremony each year for students completing curricula. All graduates are expected to participate in this formal commencement.

Duplicate Diploma Requests
To obtain a duplicate diploma, please complete the Duplicate Diploma Request Form and submit to the Admissions and Records Office on either campus. There is a $10 fee for each duplicate diploma requested.

Spring Commencement 2016

This is always a wonderful time for Rappahannock Community College as our students look ahead with great anticipation to completing their coursework and becoming college graduates. To help prepare for this exciting time, we are providing the following important information regarding commencement:


Graduation exercises for Rappahannock Community College will be held, under a tent, on the front lawn of the Warsaw Campus on Friday, May 13, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. It is important that graduates report promptly at 4:15 p.m. to the Warsaw Campus lecture hall to robe and receive final instructions concerning the ceremony. Please remember to leave your valuables at home.

Handicapped parking will be available to those displaying handicapped license plates or an authorized decal.


Student academic attire will consist of a black cap and gown, which will be worn during the ceremony. Students who ordered caps and gowns may pick up and pay for their academic attire from the bookstore on their respective campus beginning approximately April 25. Bookstore hours are as follows:

Glenns Campus
Monday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. – 12 noon.

Warsaw Campus
Monday 1 – 6 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Thursday 1 – 6 p.m.
Friday – closed

In order to coordinate your attire with ceremonial attire:

  • Men should plan to wear shirt, tie, and dark slacks (no shorts please) for coordination with the black robe. Also, dark dress shoes and socks should be worn.
  • Women should wear dark dresses of appropriate length for the gown and dark shoes.

Please call the admissions and records office at 804-758-6740 on the Glenns Campus or 804-333-6740 on the Warsaw Campus if you have any questions about attire.


Final grade point averages will not be available until after spring grades are posted. Gold Tassels will be distributed to all eligible graduates upon arrival to the lecture hall on May 13.


If you are a member of PTK, please contact Marlene Cralle at 804-333-6770 or Holly Dixson at 804-758-6770 for information regarding the purchase of a PTK stole and tassel. The PTK group photo will be taken promptly at 4:45 p.m. Please note: If you are late you will not appear in the photo.


Invitations for the ceremony may be purchased from the bookstore on either campus. An invitation is not required for admittance to the graduation ceremony and there is no limit to the number of guests you can invite.


Diplomas are sent certified mail the first week in August 2016 to all graduates regardless of whether or not you participate in the formal commencement ceremony. If you have a change of address before August 1, 2016, please inform the admissions and records office. Please note that students with a hold on their record will not be issued a diploma or official transcript until the hold is cleared. All library and college materials must be returned and all financial obligations must be settled.


In case of rain the ceremony will go on as scheduled. It will be appropriate for graduates to carry an umbrella if they wish. In case of severe inclement weather, please stay tuned to local radio stations and television stations. It will also be announced via the RCC Alert system for those who are registered.

Radio Stations

  • WXGM 99.1 FM Gloucester
  • WNIS 96.1 FM Norfolk
  • WFLS 93.3 FM Fredericksburg
  • WKWI 101.7 FM Kilmarnock
  • WNNT 107.5 FM Warsaw
  • WRAR 105.5 FM Tappahannock
  • WRVA 1140 AM Richmond
  • WRVQ 94.5 FM Richmond
  • WRXL 102.1 FM Richmond

Television Stations

  • WTVR Channel 6 Richmond
  • WRIC Channel 8 Richmond
  • WWBT Channel 12 Richmond
  • WTKR Channel 3 Norfolk
  • WAVY Channel 10 Portsmouth
  • WVEC Channel 13 Norfolk


Warsaw Campus Address
52 Campus Drive
Warsaw, VA 22572

Directions to the Warsaw Campus are as follows:

From the North: Follow route 17 S. to Tappahannock. From Tappahannock go left onto route 360 E./Queen Street to Warsaw. Proceed to the second stoplight in Warsaw, turn right and follow signs to parking area.

From the South: Follow route 17 N. to Tappahannock. Turn right onto route 360 E./Queen Street to Warsaw. Proceed to the second stoplight in Warsaw, turn right and follow signs to parking area.

From the East: Follow route 360 W. to Warsaw. Proceed to the second stoplight in Warsaw, turn left and follow signs to parking area.

From the West: Follow route 360 E. to Tappahannock merging into US-17 N/route 360 E. In Tappahannock turn right onto route 360 E/Queen Street. Proceed to the second stoplight in Warsaw, turn right and follow signs to parking area.

We look forward to seeing you on May 13.