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Eligibility for Graduation

Students planning to graduate must meet with their advisor to review degree or certificate program requirements. The advisor will indicate on the Individual Education Plan (IEP)-advising sheet if the student may apply for graduation. If the student is eligible, he/she must apply for student graduation with the Records Office by the deadline date and pay a graduation fee. The Records Office will determine if academic requirements have been completed.

For more information, please see our General Degree Requirements.

Application and Graduation Fees

Students who complete all program requirements should apply for graduation before their final semester. Graduation applications are accepted during specific deadlines as listed on the Academic Calendar. A fee is charged to each graduating student to cover the costs of all graduation expenses (See Tuition and Fees).

Residency Credits

At least 15 credits must be completed at ASCC in order to earn an Associate Degree or Certificate of Proficiency from this institution. Any exception must be petitioned to the appropriate Dean.

Grade Point Average

A student must have cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher for all coursework towards a degree or a certificate.


Prospective graduates are required to clear all ASCC obligations such as, but not limited to outstanding fees, refund of PELL grant or FSEOG overpayments, disciplinary actions, and overdue/lost library book fees.

Graduation with Honors

Students who have earned a CUM GPA of 3.50 or above, and with no “F”, “WF” or “UW” grades, or grades for courses that have been repeated, and a maximum of three (3) withdrawals will graduate with honors. Students approved for Academic Renewal (AR) are qualified to graduate with honors. Students meeting identified criteria will receive special recognition during graduation exercises.

Candidates for the Associate degrees or Certificate of Proficiencies who attain the final cumulative grade point average will receive the following distinction:

GPA Distinction
3.50-3.74 Cum Laude
3.75-3.89 Magna Cum Laude
3.90-4.00 Summa Cum Laude


Degrees and certificates are publicly awarded biannually at fall and spring commencement exercises. After applying and being approved for candidacy, it is recommended that candidates attend the commencement exercises.

Only students having completed and satisfied all program requirements are allowed to participate in the commencement exercises.