Getting Ready for Graduation
What is the difference between Graduation and Commencement?
Graduation is the official confirmation in the College’s records that all degree requirements have been met, and the degree is conferred. To graduate from PCCC, you must submit a graduation application by the required deadline.
Commencement is the formal ceremony that celebrates your graduation.
- Keep connected through your portal account. Graduation updates and changes will be e-mailed regularly.
- Have you applied to graduate and completed all Graduation Requirements?
- You will be notified by the Registrar’s office, via email to your student email account of the completion of all requirements. Once notified, you will be given further instructions about picking up your cap and gown, and/or sash.
In order to graduate from PCCC, you must:
- Meet all the requirements of the program in which you are matriculated (as stated in the PCCC College Catalog as the time of your matriculation)
- Have at least 60 college credits to receive a degree. A minimum of 30 credits must have been earned at PCCC
- Complete at least one-half of the credits required in your major at PCCC
- Notify the Registrar of your intention to graduate
Comprehensive Nursing Exam
To receive the Associate Degree in Nurse Education, a student must pass a comprehensive nursing exam near the end of the program.
Graduating With Honors
Three levels of outstanding academic performance are recognized at Commencement. These levels are based on the cumulative grade point average (GPA) earned by the candidate for graduation:
Highest Honors: 3.90 – 4.0
High Honors: 3.70 – 3.89
Honors: 3.50 – 3.69
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