Awards are issued only once a year at the May graduation ceremony. Students completing graduation requirements for degrees, diplomas, and certificates at points throughout the academic year must wait until the graduation ceremony following their completion to receive their award.
Upon recommendation of the faculty and the approval of the Board of Trustees, appropriate degrees, diplomas, or certificates will be awarded to students successfully completing the requirements of the curriculum in which they are enrolled.
To graduate, students must:
- Successfully complete all courses and credit hours required by their program as contained in this catalog. Transfer students must complete at least 25 percent of the required semester hours of credit at R-CCC to be eligible to receive a degree, diploma, or certificate.
- Earned a minimum grade point average of 2.0 (“C” average) for work in the required courses of the curriculum for which they are applying for graduation.
What is the process to apply?
- Prior to registering for their final semester at the College, curricular students must complete an Application for Graduation form; secure their advisor’s signature as verification of graduation candidacy; and return the form to the Registrar for certification and verification of GPA, credit hours, and required courses.
- Clear all financial obligations to the College. Students having an outstanding debt to the College, including charges, fees, fines, defaulted payments or student aid overpayments, will not be allowed to graduate or receive their graduation award until all debts are cleared.
Students are responsible for knowing and meeting graduation requirements. Although a faculty advisor is assigned to each student to assist in planning class schedules each semester, the final responsibility for meeting all graduation requirements rests with students.
During the spring semester, prospective graduates will receive notification regarding all pertinent information relative to commencement. All prospective graduates are required to pay a graduation fee. Those who do not wish to participate in the commencement ceremony are still required to pay the graduation fee. The graduation fee includes the printing of the actual diploma and other expenses associated with the graduation exercises. The graduation attire and other accessories should be purchased through the College Bookstore.