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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:

  • completion of at least 60 credit hours, depending on the major selected, with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0;
  • a minimum of 15 of the 60 required credit hours must be completed at Howard Community College. In order to ensure the quality of its programs, the college reserves the right to determine the courses students must take to successfully complete a specific degree program;
  • completion of the requirements of an approved curriculum in the college catalog;
  • the recommendation of the faculty; and
  • approval by the board of trustees.

The associate of arts, associate of arts in teaching, and associate of science in engineering degrees require the completion of 30-credit general education core and the associate of applied science degree includes a 20-credit general education core. The general education core includes courses in writing, literature, arts, humanities, mathematics, science, history, social and behavioral sciences, interdisciplinary, technology, and emerging issues.

Certificate

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:

  • completion of the approved curriculum in the college catalog;
  • achievement of a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA;
  • completion of a minimum of 25 percent of the credit hours at Howard Community College;
  • recommendation of the faculty; and
  • approval by the board of trustees.

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.

Graduation Applications

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 a 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.

A 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:

Degree Date

Graduation Application Deadline*

Spring

March 15

Summer

June 15**

Fall

October 15

*Graduation application deadlines are subject to change. Students are encouraged to consult with the office of records, registration, and veterans’ affairs’ web page or the office of admissions and advising’s web page 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 Howard Community College, students must:

  • achieve the minimum of a 2.0 or greater GPA for all coursework taken at HCC;
  • complete all the requirements of an approved area of study in the college catalog;
  • be in good academic and financial standing with the college; and
  • have their graduation applications initially cleared by an academic advisor and submitted by the advisor to the office of records, registration, and veterans’ affairs.

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.

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.

Other Graduation Distinctions

Students who successfully complete all requirements of special programs such as (but not limited to) the Frederick K. Schoenbrodt Honors Program, Silas Craft Collegians Program, James W. Rouse Scholars Program, STEM Scholars Program, and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society will have that distinction recognized upon graduation.

Policy Manual Review/Revision: 03/14/14