Records & Registration


Our graduation ceremony is an event of significance and is accomplished with considerable planning to assure a memorable occasion of which you can be proud.

To participate in the ceremony, you are expected to successfully complete your program requirements:

  • in the Fall semester prior to the ceremony
  • in the Spring semester of the ceremony
  • or be enrolled in your final courses in the Summer semester following the ceremony.

Participation in the graduation ceremony is not an indication of meeting graduation requirements.

Application for Degree, Diploma, or Certificate (Fall 2017)

Students should apply for graduation after enrolling in courses for the semester of their expected graduation. It is recommended that students consult their advisor and the program outline in their specific catalog year. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all program and course requirements to earn the degree, diploma, or certificate for which they are applying.

After the Fall 2017 semester, students will no longer apply for graduation. Graduation eligibility will be determined by the Registrar’s Office. Please watch for more information on this site and through your RCCC email.

Degree, Diploma, and Certificate Requirements

Students who successfully complete the Arts and Sciences program will earn the Associate in Arts degree (AA), Associate in Science degree (AS), or Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts degree (AFA). The Associate in Applied Science degree is awarded to students who successfully complete a two-year Applied Science programs. Diplomas and certificates are available in many of the Associate in Applied Science programs.

For most programs, a student is 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 at Rowan-Cabarrus, and has earned a program grade point average of at least 2.0. Students accepted into programs with competitive entrance requirements may have to meet other graduation criteria.

Students continuously enrolled may graduate using the catalog under which they initially enrolled or the current catalog (please see an advisor if you wish to update your catalog year). As outlined in Maintaining an Active Record, a student’s record will be made inactive if they do not enroll for two consecutive terms (summer term excluded). If a student’s record is made inactive, the catalog year will be updated based on the semester the student returns.

Graduation Honors

Students who earn a grade-point average of 3.5 through 3.99 in their degree or diploma will graduate “With Honors.” Those students who earn a 4.0 in their degree or diploma will graduate “With High Honors.”

These designations are printed on degrees and diplomas. Students who earn Honors or High Honors will be provided with a gold tassel to wear at the graduation ceremony.

  • To receive graduation honors, all courses required in the student’s degree or diploma program  must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher

Course Residency Requirement

At least 25% of the total number of credit hours required in the student’s program of study must be completed at Rowan-Cabarrus. No more than 75% of required credit hours can be accepted for transfer credit.

Graduation Events

Students planning to participate in the Graduation Ceremony (Commencement) must attend the Graduation Fair to pick up tickets, cap, gown and tassel. Commencement is held at the end of the Spring Semester. The specific dates for graduation activities are listed in the academic calendar.