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Graduation

***ANNOUNCEMENT: COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES***
Commencement is a ceremonial event and is not an official indication of degree completion. Degree completion is recorded on official academic transcripts.

HELPFUL LINKS
GRADUATION APPLICATION
OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT REQUEST

GRADUATION 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. The certification process requires individual evaluation of each graduation application and typically takes around a month to complete. Your 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 meant for display purposes only. Official transcripts and National Student Clearinghouse degree verification 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

Degree requirements vary from program to program. The minimum semester hour requirement for an Associate degree is 60. The student is responsible for completing all program requirements. If a substitution or waiver is recommended by the academic advisor and is approved by the Chief Academic Officer, the approval must be on record in the Office of the Registrar before the substitution or waiver is in effect. Candidates for graduation taking courses under transient student status must ensure a transcript is received in the Office of the Registrar no later than ten (10) calendar days after the Commencement date. Transfer students must meet the residency requirements of the program. If you have any questions or concerns regarding specific program requirements, please contact your academic advisor.
 

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

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

  4. Fulfillment of all obligations to the college

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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