GRADUATION INFORMATION
 
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Graduation Ceremonies
Students meeting the requirements for graduation should participate in Commencement ceremonies; numerous graduation activities are held annually in May and include a public reception honoring the graduates. In order to participate in graduation exercises, the following is required of students:
1. Turn in your Application for Graduation (will not open in Google Chrome), along with degree check and alumni association sheet, to the Registrar's Office, on or before Monday, December 2.
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Diploma fee of $15.00 is required when the application is submitted.

Payment must be submitted to the cashier before the application is brought to the registrar's office.

An additional $15.00 late fee will be assessed for all late applications.

  * All applications must be signed by the advisor and student with the graduation semester, degree/certificate & core emphasis designated.
2. A degree check, completed by the advisor, must accompany the graduation application. The Registrar will verify the degree check and will notify the advisor of any classes you may still need to take in order to graduate; the advisor will notify the student of any deficiencies by the last day to enroll in January.
3. A student must be within nine (9) credit hours of completing graduation requirements, by the end of the spring semester, in order to participate in the commencement activities. Exceptions are made for some programs.
  * A student who withdraws from a course or courses included in the "within nine" credit hour requirement will be ineligible to participate in commencement activities.
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A regalia fee must be paid in the Saints Bookstore. Regalia includes cap/gown/tassel and hood (hood for Associate Degree candidates only).


Honor graduates will be assessed a fee for the gold honor cord. Fees are to be paid at the Saints Bookstore between February 17, 2014 and February 28, 2014, when orders and measurements are taken for the cap and gown.

   
~ If all requirements are not met in the semester applied for, the student must reapply for graduation and pay the $15 diploma fee again.
~ The date on the diploma will be the semester and year that all requirements are met.
   
~ Students unable to participate in the Commencement ceremony must submit a request in writing to the Registrar's office explaining circumstances prohibiting attendance.
   
Graduation Requirements:
Note the following general information about graduation requirements from Seward County Community College/Area Technical School with an Associate in Arts Degree, an Associate in Science Degree, an Associate in General Studies, or an Associate in Applied Science Degree:
~ a minimum of 64 credit hours completed (developmental courses will not count toward fulfilling degree requirements)
~ a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.0
~ a minimum of 15 residential credit hours
~ completion of graduate assessments
   
Certificate of Completion programs have various requirements including, specific courses, credit hour totals, and clock hour totals.
 
All Associate degree and Certificate of Completion graduates are required to participate in graduate assessments held annually each spring. Diplomas and transcripts will not be released until required assessments are completed.
 
Specific degree and certificate requirements are listed in the college catalog and can also be obtained from the Registrar's Office, the Admissions Office, or an advisor.
 
Graduation with Honors
"Graduation with Honors" shall be determined by the following grade points as accumulated on a student's cumulative earned Grade Point Average (GPA) through the semester prior to graduation:
~ Summa Cum Laude 3.85 - 4.00
~ Magna Cum Laude 3.65 - 3.84
~ Cum Laude 3.50 - 3.64
   
The final semester grades are calculated in the final GPA for the purpose of graduation with honors which will then be recorded on the student's Official Transcript.
 
Students who are designated as Honor Graduates (at least a 3.5 GPA) may wear Honor Cords at the graduation ceremony.