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COMMENCEMENT 2023
BridgeValley's May 2023 Commencement ceremony will take place at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center, 200 Civic Center Drive, Charleston, WV 25301 on Saturday, May 20 at 11:00AM.

The BridgeValley bookstore is the exclusive provider of regalia (cap & gown) for students and faculty.

Honor graduates will receive a gold honor tassel upon Commencement check-in. Student organization cords/stoles are distributed by the student organization advisor or designee.

STUDENTS: Students participating in the ceremony must arrive between 9:00AM and 10:30AM and follow the signage to the staging area.

GUESTS: Guests may arrive as early as 10:00AM and must enter through the entrance opposite the Charleston Town Center Mall. Ushers will be available. Guests in need of accessibility accommodations may contact the Charleston Coliseum and Convention center by calling 304-345-1500.

Commencement is a ceremonial event and is not official indication of credential completion. Students identified within the Commencement program are considered candidates unless already certified by the Office of the Registrar. Certified credentials are recorded on official academic transcripts.

CREDENTIAL CERTIFICATION, DIPLOMAS AND OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS
The Office of the Registrar strives to certify graduates, print diplomas, and mail diplomas on or before the dates listed below:

  • Fall diplomas will be mailed between February 1-15
  • Spring diplomas will be mailed between July 1-15
  • Summer diplomas will be mailed between September 1-15

The credential certification process begins during the week final grades are reported and requires individual evaluation of each graduation application. The process typically takes around a month to complete. An individual credential may be certified at any time during this process. If an award date is present on your unofficial transcript within MyBridge, and you have no outstanding obligations to BridgeValley, you are clear to request an official transcript through the National Student Clearinghouse at www.GetMyTranscript.com.

Diplomas are ceremonial documents and are intended for display purposes only. Official transcripts and National Student Clearinghouse degree verifications are the only official means of confirming credential status.

REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION
NOTE: A formal application for graduation must be submitted by the date published in the academic calendar.

Candidates for graduation from a specific major will be evaluated based on the catalog which was in effect at the time they declared the major unless one of the following is true:

  • A student interrupts his/her study for two consecutive semesters excluding the summer term (readmitted students will be placed in the effective catalog at a the time of readmission)

  • A student elected to move to newer catalog at the time it was in effect

  • A student meets the requirements of the catalog in effect at the time of graduation

While degree requirements vary from program to program, the minimum college-level semester hour requirement for an associate-level credential is 60. Students are responsible for completing all program requirements. Substitutions and waivers are effective upon approval by the Chief Academic Officer and submission to Office of the Registrar. Candidates for graduation who are taking courses at another institution under transient student status must ensure an official final transcript is submitted to the Office of the Registrar; until the official final transcript is received, a candidate for graduation cannot be certified. Transfer students must meet BridgeValley residency requirements.
 

Graduation requirements for associate degrees from BridgeValley Community and Technical College includes the following:

  1. Minimum of 60 earned credit hours, with a minimum of fifteen credit hours taken in residence at BridgeValley

  2. An overall 2.0 cumulative grade point average

  3. An overall 2.0 institutional grade point average

  4. An overall 2.0 grade point average in the student’s major field as outlined in the college catalog

  5. Completion of all program specific requirements as outlined in the catalog

  6. Completion of all required assessments as outlined in the catalog

  7. Fulfillment of all obligations to the college

Graduation requirements for certificate programs from BridgeValley Community and Technical College includes the following:

  1. Minimum of 30 earned credit hours, with a minimum of eight credit hours taken in residence at BridgeValley

  2. An overall 2.0 cumulative grade point average

  3. An overall 2.0 institutional grade point average

  4. An overall 2.0 grade point average in the student’s major field as outlined in the college catalog

  5. Completion of all program specific requirements as outlined in the catalog

  6. Completion of all required assessments as outlined in the catalog

  7. Fulfillment of all obligations to the college

Questions and concerns regarding specific program requirements should be directed to the program coordinator, department chair, or division dean.

GRADUATION WITH HONORS
In determining Commencement ceremonial and graduate honors, the student’s cumulative institutional grade point average is utilized. The cumulative institutional grade point average does not include any course below the 100-level or transfer courses.

Special recognition is given at Commencement to students who have achieved special distinction in their studies. Spring graduates’ ceremonial honors are based on their previous semester averages. Students participating in graduation whose degrees have been conferred (December and August graduates) will be recognized with final graduate honors. A student must have earned 12 or more GPA credit hours at the College to be eligible to receive Commencement ceremonial and graduate honors. Final graduate honors will be recorded on the diploma and transcript. Three types of honors may be awarded:

  • Summa Cum Laude – A student must attain a 3.75 or higher cumulative institutional grade point average.
  • Magna Cum Laude – A student must attain a 3.50-3.74 cumulative institutional grade point average.
  • Cum Laude – A student must attain a 3.25-3.49 cumulative institutional grade point average.

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