A Richmond Community College student, including the veteran, must successfully complete the required and elective courses needed to meet the minimum number of credit hours required for graduation from a curriculum. Veterans are totally responsible for course repeats, courses for which he/she received credit, and courses which exceed the minimum number of credit hours required for graduation.
The application form is available in the Student Services Department and by accessing the following link. (Graduation Application)
In cases of doubt, please consult with your Advisor or the Registrar. An exception to this is that a grade of “F” on a mandatory subject must be repeated. Any veteran, or other eligible person, who does not meet graduation requirements within the time limits imposed will be deemed to not be making satisfactory progress and his/ her benefits will be terminated. Other than the exception noted above, any veteran or other eligible person, who exceeds the total hours and/or takes too many electives, will be required to reimburse the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Students who are continuously enrolled full-time may graduate under the program requirements listed in the catalog at the time of their enrollment; the requirements printed in the catalog the semester they are scheduled to graduate; or a combination of the two if approved by the faculty advisor and the Vice President for Instruction. The courses must follow the NCCCS Curriculum Standards.
Students not continuously enrolled are required to meet the graduation requirements of the catalog that is current at the time of re-enrollment. (Another option available to students not continuously enrolled is that they may graduate under the most previous catalog. If the student chooses this option, he/she must discuss his/ her intentions with the Registrar and submit his/her intentions to the Registrar in writing at the time of his/ her re-enrollment. However, the College is not obligated to offer courses not listed in the current catalog.)
Students entering in semesters other than fall, failing to take a full load, failing to take all courses as listed on the schedule and in the catalog, or taking required developmental courses may take longer to complete requirements for graduation than outlined in the catalog.
Graduation exercises to award degrees and diplomas are held at the end of the spring semester each year. Dates for graduation exercises are listed in the Academic Calendar. During the last semester at RCC, each graduating student is required to file an application for the degree or diploma, see his/her academic advisor to run a program evaluation for graduation requirements, and pay the graduation fee in the Business Office. The application form is available in the Student Services Department.
In order to receive a degree, diploma or certificate from RCC, a student must:
Students completing requirements for certificate programs must complete an Application for a Certificate form and return it to the Registrar’s office. Certificates will be mailed to the student at the end of the semester in which requirements are completed.