I Will Graduate!
Graduation is a time to pay tribute to each member of the graduating class. You have left, and will continue to leave, an indelible legacy of achievement and a tradition of excellence for generations to come.
We have compiled all the necessary forms and information you need to participate in the Commencement ceremony. Remember, you cannot participate if you do not submit your application on time.
The application deadline for Spring 2017: TBA
The current graduation application, the graduation process, and program code pages are available as a complete packet. Download the packet here.
To participate in the commencement ceremony, which is only held in May, requires a $25.00 fee for your cap and gown. This fee must be paid at the Student Financial Services by March 1st.
The following items are included in this fee:
- Cap, gown, tassel
- Honor cords (if applicable)
- Five announcements
- Degree/certificate cover
Your Height: (Gowns are ordered based on height). For special size orders please call 602.243.8124.
By signing the Graduation Application, you give South Mountain Community College consent to publish your name in the college commencement program. For special circumstances, please contact the Admissions & Records office.
Are you eligible to graduate?
Students maintaining continuous enrollment at any public Arizona community college or university may graduate according to the requirements of the catalog in effect at the time of initial enrollment or according to the requirements of any single catalog in effect during subsequent terms of continuous enrollment. Students may maintain continuous enrollment whether attending a single public community college or university in Arizona or transferring among public institutions in Arizona while pursuing their degrees.
Time Limit for Completing Coursework
In areas of study in which the subject matter changes rapidly, the material in courses taken long before graduation may become obsolete or irrelevant. Coursework that is more than eight years old is applicable to completion of degree requirements at the discretion of the student’s major department. Departments may accept such coursework, reject it, or request that the student revalidates its substance. The eight-year limit on coursework applies except when program accreditation agencies limit the life of coursework to less than eight years. Departments may also require students to satisfy current major requirements rather than major requirements in earlier catalogs when completing earlier requirements is no longer possible or educationally sound. The college reserves the right to make necessary course and program changes in order to meet current educational standards.
General Graduation Requirements
All students are required to complete the degree and/or certificate requirements as approved by the MCCCD Governing Board. The college reserves the right to make necessary course and program changes in order to meet current educational standards. In addition, students must:
- – Be credited, in the Office of Admissions and Records, with no fewer than 60-semester credit units in courses numbered 100 or above for the Associate in Arts degree, Associate in Science degree, Associate in Transfer Partnership degree, and Associate in General Studies degree
- – Be credited, in the Office of Admissions and Records, with no fewer than 60-semester credit units in courses numbered 100 or above for the Associate in Applied Science degree
- – Be credited, in the Office of Admissions and Records, with no fewer than 60-semester credit units in courses numbered 100 or above for the Associate in Business degree
- – Be credited, for specific certificate programs, with no fewer than the minimum total of credit units required for the certificate program.
- – Have earned a minimum of 12-semester credit units toward the degree or certificate at the college granting the degree or certificate. In cases where the certificate requires fewer than 12 credit units, a minimum of six credit units must be completed at the college awarding the certificate.
- – Have filed an application for the degree or certificate with the Office of Admissions and Records on the date determined by the college/center.
- – Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.000 at the college granting the degree
- – Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.000 in all courses used to fulfill degree requirements. Some specific programs have higher-grade requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of these program requirements.
- – Have removed, thirty (30) days after the anticipated graduation date, all deficiencies on the record to use those courses toward program completion
- – Have removed any indebtedness to any MCCCD college/center
- – Have paid required degree or certificate application fee
If you can answer all statements with a YES – you qualify for Graduation.
Certificates / Degrees
The Maricopa Community Colleges offer Certificates of Completion as well as Associate Degrees, one of which is conferred on each student who has completed a program of study. These certificates and degrees are as follows:
- Certificate of Completion (Career Program Specified);
- Academic Certificate; General Education Certificate;
- Associate in Arts; Associate in Science;
- Associate in Business;
- Associate in General Studies;
- Associate in Transfer Partnership;
- Associate in Applied Science (Career Program Specified).
All candidates for a degree and/or certificate must complete the General Graduation Requirements as approved by the MCCCD Governing Board.
All students are urged to meet with a faculty advisor, program advisor, or counselor as soon as possible to determine which program meets their needs and to plan their course of study.
For more details and additional requirements and limitations please review the Catalog.
It’s Your Responsibility
Contact your advisor for specific questions about your program of study or graduation requirements.
Steps to graduation
Become a graduate
step can be overwhelming, that’s why the District has created the Student Organizer Sheet. You’ll find all the steps you need to complete before your first day of class. And remember, at any step you may contact a real person to help you through the process.
Students may apply for admission anytime throughout the year. Admission to the college does not guarantee entrance into a particular course or program of study.
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