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Graduation Information

Graduation – May 12, 2017

Who can graduate?
Catalog Under Which A Student Graduates

Students maintaining continuous enrollment at any public Arizona community college or university may graduate according to the requirements of the catalog in effect at the time of initial enrollment or according to the requirements of any single catalog in effect during subsequent terms of continuous enrollment. Students may maintain continuous enrollment whether attending a single public community college or university in Arizona or transferring among public institutions in Arizona while pursuing their degrees.

University Department Time Limit for Completing Coursework

In areas of study in which the subject matter changes rapidly, material in courses taken long before graduation may become obsolete or irrelevant. Coursework that is more than eight years old is applicable to completion of degree requirements at the discretion of the student's major department. Departments may accept such coursework, reject it, or request that the student revalidate its substance. The eight-year limit on coursework applies except when program accreditation agencies limit the life of coursework to less than eight years. Departments may also require students to satisfy current major requirements rather than major requirements in earlier catalogs, when completing earlier requirements is no longer possible or educationally sound. The college reserves the right to make necessary course and program changes in order to meet current educational standards.

General Graduation Requirements

All students are required to complete the degree and/or certificate requirements as approved by the MCCCD Governing Board. The college reserves the right to make necessary course and program changes in order to meet current educational standards. In addition, students must:

  • Are you credited, in the Office of Admissions and Records, with not fewer than:
    • 60 semester credit units in courses numbered 100 or above for the Associate in Arts degree, Associate in Science degree, Associate in Transfer Partnership degree, and Associate in General Studies degree?
    • 60 semester credit units for the Associate in Applied Science degree?
    • 62 semester credits for the Associate in Business degrees?
    • For specific certificate programs, these will be credited with no fewer than the minimum total of credit units required for the certificate program.
    • Students not continuously enrolled, as outlined in the Catalog Under Which a Student Graduates policy, must satisfy current graduation requirements.
  • Have earned a minimum of 12 semester credit units toward the degree or certificate at the college granting the degree or certificate. In cases where the certificate requires fewer than 12 credit units, a minimum of six credit units must be completed at the college awarding the certificate.
  • Have filed an application for the degree or certificate with the Office of Admissions and Records on the date determined by the  college/center. Students must apply for graduation from the college where they have successfully completed Block 4 of the Associate in Applied Science in Nursing.
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.000 at the college granting the degree?
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.000 in all courses used to fulfill degree requirements? Some specific programs have higher grade requirements. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of these program requirements.
  • Have removed, thirty (30) days after the anticipated graduation date, all deficiencies on the record to use those courses toward program completion?
  • Have removed any indebtedness to any MCCCD college /center?

If you can answer all questions with a YES—you qualify for Graduation.

Certificates / Degrees

The Maricopa Community Colleges offer Certificates of Completion as well as Associate Degrees, one of which is conferred on each student who has completed a program of study. These certificates and degrees are as follows:

  1. Certificate of Completion (Career Program Specified);
  2. Academic Certificate;
  3. General Education Certificate;
  4. Associate in Arts;
  5. Associate in Science;
  6. Associate in Business;
  7. Associate in General Studies;
  8. Associate in Transfer Partnership;
  9. Associate in Applied Science(Career Program Specified).

All candidates for a degree and/or certificate must complete the General Graduation Requirements as approved by the MCCCD Governing Board.

All students are urged to meet with a faculty advisor, program advisor, or counselor as soon as possible to determine which program meets their needs and to plan their course of study.

For more details and additional requirements and limitations please review the Catalog.

Cap & Gown

Graduates will be mailed an invitation to participate in the 2016 commencement ceremony. The letters of invite will be mailed by April 1st, 2016. A fee of $25.00 is required for your cap and gown. This fee must be paid at Cashier Services by April 15th, 2016. More information regarding the commencement ceremony will be available upon receipt of payment.

The following items are included in the $25.00 fee:

  • Cap and gown
  • Honor cords (if applicable)
  • Ten announcements
  • Up to four (4) wristbands for guests
  • Degree or certificate and cover
  • Reception after ceremony

Your signature on the Graduation Application gives consent to publish your name in the college commencement program.

Contact your advisor for specific questions about your program of study or graduation requirements or visit the Advisement & Registration Services website.