Seward County Community College is a two-year institution offering 45 programs of study, including Adult Basic Education, certificate programs and associate of arts, associate of science, general studies and applied sciences degrees. Ranked in the top 5% of more than 1,100 accredited community colleges in the U.S. by the Aspen Institute, SCCC serves a student body of 2,500+ students ranging in age from 15 to 85, in a county with the highest foreign-born percentage population in the U.S., and a rural service area of about 50,997 in seven Southwest Kansas counties and a five-state region. For more detailed demographic and academic information, visit our FAQ page at scoar.pbworks
Students are the heart of Seward County Community College. We view each person as a unique individual, with potential and dreams to achieve — and equally valuable at every point in the process. With a student body as diverse as our community, SCCC brings people from the region's small towns into contact with international students, and nontraditional learners of all ages together with recent high school graduates. The common factor is that we are all moving forward into growth, new challenges, and professional success.
We offer 45 programs of study, including Adult Basic Education, certificate programs and associate of arts, science, general studies and applied sciences degrees. However, our learning options aren't limited to traditional classroom settings. As a community college, we endeavor to provide learning opportunities for people at all stages of life, through area Outreach classes, professional development and continued education, enrichment and recreational classes, and business and industry support. Explore the many paths to a more vibrant life through education.
Seward County Community College faculty bring more to the students than classroom instruction. Through our instructors, many of whom hold doctorate-level credentials, students gain access to rich and varied life and professional experiences. Learn journalism from a former international bureau chief who covered every major disaster on four continents over 20 years. Get Commercial Drivers License instruction from a man who started out delivering milk and eggs from rural Pennsylvania to New York City. Participate in university-level lab work with science and Allied Health researchers. Put all those resources together, and students can gain the skills they need to succeed in their chosen fields.
Please turn in your application for graduation and degree check to the Registrar's Office by the following dates:
Friday, October 2, 2020, for Fall 2020 Graduation or Thursday, November 19, 2020 for Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and Fall 2021 Graduation.
The commencement ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 8, 2021. Students meeting the requirements for graduation should participate in commencement and numerous other graduation activities. In order to participate in graduation exercises, the following is required of students:
1. Fill out the graduation application electronically, then print it out and take it to your advisor. If you are unsure of which boxes to check, visit with your advisor.
2. A degree check, completed by your advisor, must accompany the graduation application. The registrar will verify the degree check and will notify your advisor of any classes you may still need in order to graduate; your advisor will notify you of any deficiencies by the last day to enroll in January.
3. A diploma fee of $15.00 must be paid to the cashier before the graduation application is submitted.
4. All applications must be signed by your advisor and you.
CHECK WITH YOUR ADVISOR IN JANUARY TO SEE IF THERE ARE CLASSES YOU STILL NEED TO COMPLETE YOUR DEGREE.
*A student must be within nine (9) credit hours of completing graduation requirements in order to participate in the commencement ceremony. Exceptions are made for some certificate programs. The date on the diploma will be the semester and year that all requirements are met.
What about caps and gowns (and other ceremony attire)?
*A regalia fee must be paid in the Saints Bookstore between March 1, 2021 and March 31, 2021. 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. Most gowns will be in stock and available for pick up in March. Any regalia which has to be ordered may be picked up on April 29, 2021.
*Only official SCCC commencement reglaia may be worn during the commencement ceremony.
*Remember - In recognition of the tradition and dignity of the commencement ceremony, we do not allow the decorating of your relglaia in any way (don't decorate your cap!).
Students who are unable to participate in the Commencement ceremony must submit a letter to the Registrar's office, explaining the circumstances prohibiting attendance.
Note the following general information about graduation requirements from Seward County Community College 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 60 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.