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General Graduation Information

Application for Degree, Diploma, or Certificate

Students should apply for graduation no later than the semester preceding their expected date of graduation. Special forms for this purpose are available from the student services office and the college website. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all program and course requirements to earn the degree, diploma, or certificate to which they are applying.

Degree, Diploma, and Certificate Requirements

Students who successfully complete a two-year technical education program will earn the Associate in Applied Science degree. Students who complete the Arts and Sciences program will earn the Associate in Arts (AA), Associate in Science (AS), or Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) degree. The diploma is awarded to students who satisfactorily complete a one-year vocational program or the general education core for the AA, AS, or AFA programs. Students who satisfactorily complete programs of study less than a year in length are awarded a Certificate. A student is scholastically eligible for graduation when he/she has satisfied the specific requirements of the college and the program for which he/she is enrolled, completed a minimum of 25% of required hours in residence at RCCC, and has earned a program grade point average of at least 2.0. A student may graduate using the catalog under which he/she initially enrolled or the current catalog. A student not enrolled for 12 consecutive months (or more) will re-enter under the current catalog.

Graduation Events

Graduation exercises to award degrees, diplomas, and certificates are held at the end of the Spring Semester. The specific date of graduation is listed in the academic calendar. Graduation rate information for Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is available on the college website and in the office of student services.

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