Graduation Requirements and Procedures

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  • Graduation Audits at (815) 479-7632 or (815) 455-8932
  • Commencement at (815) 479-7654

It is the student's responsibility to know and fulfill all degree/certificate requirements and graduation procedures.

You must complete the Intent to Graduate form during the semester in which you will complete graduation requirements.

If you have a major restriction of any kind, you may not graduate until the restriction is lifted. In no case can you graduate using requirements of a McHenry County College catalog that is more than five years old prior to the date of graduation.

Commencement Ceremony

Commencement ceremonies are held in May and December. If you are graduating in May, you will participate in the May commencement. If you are graduating in August or December, you will participate in the December commencement.
Graduation candidates must complete the following steps:

  1. Submit the Intent to Graduate form. The completed form needs to be submitted to the Registration Office by the following deadlines:
    • May graduates - March 15
    • August graduates - July 15
    • December graduates - October 15
  2. Candidates eligible for graduation are sent information packets containing details about the commencement along with a Graduation Reply form.
    • If you plan to attend commencement, you must submit the Graduation Reply form to the Registration Office along with a *$25 non-refundable fee to cover the cost to receive a hard copy of your diploma or certificate, cap and gown and commencement participation.
    • If you do not plan to attend commencement, but would like a copy of your degree or certificate you must still submit the *$25 non-refundable graduation fee by completing the Graduation Reply form(s) to have your degree or certificate sent to you.
  3. *Please note: the $25 fee applies per diploma and certificate.

  4.  Diplomas and certificates are mailed approximately 8 to 12 weeks after the Commencement.
  5. Candidates who will not be attending the commencement ceremony and who do not wish to receive a hard copy of their diploma/certificate need to complete the Intent to Graduate form. Final grades along with completed course of study will be recorded on their transcript.

Questions regarding:
Graduation Audits: (815) 479-7632 or (815) 455-8932
Commencement: (815) 479-7654

Associate Degree Requirements

  1. Satisfactory completion of 60 or more credit hours depending on the specific program with a 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA in all MCC courses at the time graduation requirements have been met. Awarding of degrees will be dated in the semester and year in which all requirements were met. GPA of transfer credits and developmental courses does not apply
  2. Satisfactory completion of all course requirements, subject to the following:
    • Course requirements are defined as those contained in MCC's catalog at the time the student first enrolled at the college, provided there has been no break in their MCC education exceeding three consecutive years. Failing grades, non-credit courses and course withdrawals are not considered as attendance for this purpose.
    • Course requirements are defined as those contained in MCC's catalog at the time of re-entry for those students who have experienced a break in their education exceeding three consecutive years.
    • In the case of curriculum changes and the cancellation or withdrawal of courses, every effort will be made to substitute current coursework to fulfill degree requirements. Course substitutions and waivers must be approved in writing by the appropriate department chair, counselor, or dean.
  3. Completion of 15 credit hours in credit courses at MCC. Credit earned through CLEP, MCC proficiency, DANTES, and AP examinations does not satisfy this residency requirement. Students completing an AAS degree must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours of program-specific coursework through MCC (i.e., not general education coursework).
  4. Completion of end-of-program assessment as follows:
    • Beginning with Spring 2016 graduates - If you are seeking a degree among AA, AS, AFA, AES, or AGE, you will be required to complete an e-portfolio.
    • If you are seeking a career and technical education AAS degree, you will be required to complete end-of-program assessment as designated by the specific department.
    • Completion of the Intent to Graduate form, also available in Registration A258, prior to the posted deadline.

Certificate of Completion in a Career and Technical Education Area Requirements

  1. Completion of the necessary semester hours of credit specified for the program with a 2.0 cumulative GPA in all MCC courses at the time graduation requirements have been met. Awarding of certificates will be dated in the semester and year in which all requirements have been met. GPA of transfer credits and developmental courses does not apply.
  2. Satisfactory completion of all course requirements, subject to the following:
    • Course requirements are defined as those contained in MCC's catalog at the time the student first enrolled at the college, provided there has been no break in their MCC education exceeding three consecutive years. Failing grades, non-credit courses and course withdrawals are not considered as attendance for this purpose.
    • Course requirements are defined as those contained in MCC's catalog at the time of re-entry for those students who have experienced a break in their education exceeding three consecutive years.
    • In the case of curriculum changes and the cancellation or withdrawal of courses, every effort will be made to substitute current coursework to fulfill certificate requirements. Course substitutions and waivers must be approved in writing by the appropriate department chair, counselor, or dean.
  3. For certificates of less than 12 credit hours, all coursework required must be completed at MCC. For certificates of 12 or more credit hours, one-half of the minimum credit hours required must be completed at MCC. Credit earned through proficiency examinations does not satisfy this requirement.
  4. Certificates of 30 or more credit hours may require an end-of program assessment. Refer to the specific certificate program layout page or contact the department chair.
  5. Completion of the Intent to Graduate form, also available in Registration A258, prior to the posted deadline.

Awarding of Additional Degree

A graduate of MCC may pursue and be awarded additional degrees. The following requirements must be met:

  1. All degree requirements including the General Education requirements and also those specialized classes normally required.
  2. Twelve semester hours of additional credit earned at MCC. The additional 12 hours of credit may not be applied to first degree earned.
  3. Minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA at the time graduation requirements have been met.
  4. Completion of the Intent to Graduate form, also available in Registration A258, prior to the posted deadline.

Graduation Academic Honors

Upon completion of Associate degree requirements, academic honors are awarded according to the following scale:

  • High Honors = 3.75 to 4.00 cumulative GPA
  • Honors = 3.50 to 3.74 cumulative GPA

Academic honors are recognized both on your transcript and at the commencement exercises. To be considered for academic honors, you must earn 30 semester hours of grade point credit in residence at MCC.