Students who anticipate completing the requirements for an associate’s degree, certificate of accomplishment or letter of recognition are required to apply for Graduation through your PeopleSoft account. After signing in to PeopleSoft, choose Student Center. In "Academics" click on the drop down for "Other Academics" and select apply for graduation.
The deadlines for submitting graduation applications are published in the academic schedules and listed below:
- Last day to apply for August Graduation - July 26, 2012
- Last day to apply for December Graduation- October 26, 2012
- Last day to apply for January Graduation- January 4, 2013
- Last day to apply for May Graduation- March 29, 2013
- Pick up regalia and tickets in the bookstore- beginning April 1, 2013
- Phi Theta Kappa graduates contact Center for Student Engagement if you do not have a gold PTK stole- May 1, 2013
- Commencement Rehearsal- May 21, 2013
- Commencement- May 23, 2013
- Diplomas for May graduates will be mailed to home address- July 2013
Diplomas are issued four times a year: August, December, January and May. Students who completed degree and certificate requirements in August or December 2012, or January 2013 or May 2013 are invited to participate in the graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 23, 2013.
Academic, Application and Financial Requirements
To qualify as a candidate for a degree of associate of arts, sciences, teaching, applied sciences, or certificate, you must complete all courses required in the curriculum. Alternative courses, other than those specifically required, must be approved by the department chair and the registrar.
To graduate, you must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0. A.A.T. students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.
If your overall grade point average equals or exceeds 3.5, you will graduate “with honors.” If your overall grade point average equals or exceeds 3.75, you will graduate “with high honors.” Certificate students who earn a 3.75 in their program will graduate with distinction. All honors designations will be printed on the diploma or certificate. Students receiving honors/high honors will be given gold tassels to wear in lieu of green ones; they will be distributed at commencement rehearsal.
If you transfer credits from another college to fulfill requirements for graduation at FCC, you must have your transcript(s) on file in the Welcome & Registration Center by March 30.
There is no charge for graduation. All graduation fees have been covered by the fees you pay each semester prior to graduation.
You must satisfy all financial obligations (tuition balances, parking tickets, library fines, etc.) prior to receiving your diploma.
If you are a Federal Stafford Student Loan recipient and you are graduating or transferring, you must complete the required exit loan counseling at StudentLoans.gov. Follow the instructions for exit loan counseling. If you have questions regarding your loan history, contact the Financial Aid Office.