At Howard Community College (HCC), the associate of arts, associate of applied science, associate of arts in teaching, and associate of science in engineering degree requirements include:
The associate of arts, associate of arts in teaching, and associate of science in engineering degrees require the completion of a minimum of 30 credits of general education core courses and the associate of applied science degree includes a minimum of 20 credits of general education core courses.
A certificate is awarded to full-time or part-time students who have concentrated study in a specialized subject matter area and have satisfied the following requirements:
Letter of Recognition
A letter of recognition is awarded to full-time or part-time students who have completed a designated group of courses totaling fewer than 12 credit hours.
Students who anticipate completing the requirements for an associate of arts degree, associate of applied science degree, associate of arts in teaching degree, associate of science in engineering degree, or certificate are responsible for meeting with an academic advisor to preliminarily review an audit of the student’s completion of degree requirements and to complete an application to graduate. The application to graduate is available on the records, registration, and veterans affairs web page and in the offices of records, registration, and veterans affairs and admissions and advising. Upon the receipt of a completed application to graduate from the student, the office of admissions and advising submits the application to graduate to the office of records, registration, and veterans affairs for final review and graduation clearance.
Commencement is held in May each year. Students who complete degree or certificate requirements and all other requirements listed below prior to the May ceremony, as well as those who need to complete up to two courses during the subsequent summer term, may participate in the spring ceremony. Students must fill out a graduation application form for each degree requested.
The college has three degree graduation dates and one commencement. The deadlines for submitting graduation applications are:
*Graduation application deadlines are subject to change. Students are encouraged to consult with the office of records, registration, and veterans affairs or the office of admissions and advising at the start of each academic year for the application deadlines.
**Students who will graduate in the summer, but would like to participate in the May commencement must submit graduation applications by April 15.
To be awarded a degree or certificate from HCC, students must:
During the final clearance process, students are notified of the status of their graduation through HCC student email. Diplomas and certificates are mailed to all candidates who have fulfilled the requirements of their programs and who are in good financial standing with the college.
Students who do not complete area of study requirements for the term may apply for graduation in a future term.
Graduation candidates may be required to take a general education assessment examination prior to the date of graduation. The scores on the exam will be used for statistical purposes measuring student progress. The scores will not be a part of a student’s record or used for graduation clearance.
Graduation with Honors
Students who have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above will graduate with honors. Those students with a grade point average of 3.75 or above will graduate with high honors. Those who have a 4.0 grade point average will graduate with highest honors.
Academic Honors and Transcripts
Howard Community College limits honors and distinctions on the academic transcript to graduation honors: honors, high honors, and highest honors. The college does not include membership in special programs, such as learning communities, honorary organizations, or other distinctions and awards on student transcripts.
Other Graduation Distinctions
Students who successfully complete all requirements of special programs and honor societies such as the Frederick K. Schoenbrodt Honors Program, Silas Craft Collegians Program, James W. Rouse Scholars Program, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Learning Community, STEM Scholars Program, Howard P.R.I.D.E. Program, Global Distinction Program, Alpha Eta Honor Society, Lambda Nu and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society will have that distinction recognized in the commencement program.
Policy Manual Review/Revision: 02/27/15