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Graduation Requirements


A graduation ceremony is held in May on the last day of the semester at Clinton Community College.  To be eligible to receive a degree a student must:

 

  1. Complete all courses specified for his/her degree area.
  2. Earn a 2.00 cumulative quality point average.
  3. Earn a minimum of 15 credits in residence at Clinton Community College.
  4. Submit a Graduation Application which has been approved by his/her advisor to the Registrar’s Office.

The following is information regarding graduation policies:

  1. Valedictorian and Salutatorian
    1. Graduating students who have completed at least 48 credit hours in residence at CCC are eligible for consideration as valedictorian or salutatorian.  Transfer hours and CLEP hours will not be included in this requirement.
    2. Among the eligible students (not to include students lacking 6 or less semester hours), the student with the highest cumulative GPA will be designated the valedictorian.  In the case of identical averages, the student who has completed the greater percentage of CCC credits will be the valedictorian, and the student with the same GPA but a lower percentage of CCC credits will be named salutatorian.  Otherwise, the student with the second highest cumulative GPA will be named salutatorian.  In the case of identical averages, the student who has completed the greater percentage of his or her degree requirements at CCC will be the salutatorian.  If the GPAs and percentages of credits taken at CCC are the same for more than one student, all will be awarded the respective honors.  Such honors may be awarded in absentia and will be noted on the official transcript and diploma.  To qualify, a student must meet all degree requirements.
  2. In order to participate in the graduation ceremony lacking 6 or less semester hours, the following must apply:
    1. Student must complete the course(s) within the following semester from which they are participating in the graduation ceremony.  For May graduation, the student must complete their course(s) – either at CCC or another accredited college – by the end of the fall semester.  
    2. Students who participate in the graduation ceremony short 6 or less semester hours are not eligible to be designated as graduating with honors or high honors or to be considered for valedictorian/salutatorian status.
    3. If a student is completing the course(s) at another institution, it is the student’s responsibility to request an official transcript from that institution to be sent to the Registrar’s Office upon completion of the course(s). 
  3. Graduation with Honors
    1. Students with a cumulative quality point average of 3.25 to 3.49 at time of graduation will graduate “Cum Laude”.
    2. Students with a cumulative quality point average of 3.5 to 3.74 at time of graduation will graduate "Magna Cum Laude".
    3. Students with a cumulative quality point average of 3.75 to 4.0 at time of graduation will graduate "Summa Cum Laude".

       To be eligible for any designation, a student must complete at least one-half the minimum number of credit hours of college study required for the degree or certificate (including life experience credit granted) at Clinton Community College.

  4. Double Degree

    It is possible for a student to earn more than one degree, applying credits earned in certain courses toward the total needed for each degree under the following conditions:

    1. The full requirements for each degree must be met.
    2. Courses may be counted twice, once for each degree, either to meet general education or program requirements.
    3. Successful completion of requirements for both degrees will require a minimum of an additional semester of registration and at least 15 additional credits.