Application for Graduation
Spring and summer graduation candidates should apply for graduation no later than March 31. Applications will be accepted after the March 31 date, but these applicants will not be eligible for consideration for academic awards for that graduating class. Fall graduation candidates should submit application for graduation by November 15. This application will initiate action toward a complete transcript evaluation to determine eligibility for graduation.
Graduation exercises are held at the close of the spring semester. Attendance is required of all graduates. An application to be excused from graduation is available in the Registrar's Office and must be approved by the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
All required records, such as high school transcripts, ACT scores and college transfer transcripts, must be on file to graduate from Redlands Community College.
Graduation with an associate's degree from RCC requires a student to have completed the program requirements with a retention graduation GPA of 2.0. While a student may earn a GPA of 2.0 which includes one or more grades of D, it is well to remember grades below C may not fulfill graduation requirements in some programs.
For the associate's degree, a student must complete 15 hours in residency at RCC. Correspondence classes and credit by examination may not be used toward the resident credit hour requirement. No more than one-half of the work required for any degree or certificate may be taken by correspondence and credit by examination.
Summer graduation candidates may participate in the spring graduation ceremonies if they need nine hours or less to complete graduation requirements. The required hours needed to complete graduation requirements must be taken during the summer term. Graduation candidates that need more than nine hours to finish degree requirements will need to apply as a December graduate.
The diploma will be presented following the successful completion of the required course work and the clearing of all obligations at the institution.
An additional degree for a different program may be earned by accumulating an additional 15 credit hours in residence at RCC above those submitted for the first degree. A minimum GPA of 2.0 must be attained on the 15 appropriate additional hours submitted. The specific degree and program requirements for the second degree must be successfully completed.
Advanced standing credits may not be used for the additional degree hours. For certificates, a minimum of six additional credit hours will be required.
Degree seeking students should follow the course requirement pattern for the academic area program selected as outlined in the catalog in effect at the time of entry. The program requirements remain in effect as long as continued, uninterrupted enrollment is maintained, with the exception of summer terms. A readmitted student must follow a program plan specified by the current academic year catalog.
A student needing assistance in planning a program of study should request the assistance of personnel in the Student Services Center. Any substitution of course requirements listed for the associate's degree must be recommended by the division director and approved by the Vice President of Academic Affairs. The course substitution document must be filed in the Registrar's Office. A student has the option of meeting new degree requirements adopted since the date of enrollment.
At least one semester before they plan to complete their degree requirements, students should begin the commencement procedure as follows:
Degrees are conferred three times yearly; at the close
of the fall, spring and summer terms. Commencement ceremonies are held at the conclusion of the spring semester only. Summer graduation candidates participate in the preceding spring ceremony. The graduation date indicated on the Redlands Community College transcript will be the last official day of the
Students who have completed at least 64 semester hours prior to commencement are eligible for consideration for the following honors:
Summa Cum Laude .............. 3.75 - 4.00 cumulative GPA
Magna Cum Laude ............... 3.50 - 3.74 cumulative GPA
Cum Laude ........................... 3.25 - 3.49 cumulative GPA