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

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.

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 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 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 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 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 that fails to register for any fall semester will be required to reapply to the college and to meet graduation requirements under the new catalog.

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 of 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. The following criteria are taken into consideration when determining Graduation Honors:

  1. At least 25% of the total number of credit hours required in the student program must be completed at Rowan-Cabarrus;
  2. All courses required in the student program must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher.

Course Residency Requirement

A minimum of 25% of the total number of credit hours required for graduation in a particular program must be taken at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. 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.