Graduation Requirements and Procedures

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

Graduation candidates must submit the graduation application through myMCC before the following deadlines:

  • May graduates - April 1
  • August graduates - August 1
  • December graduates - November 1

As a student, it is your responsibility to know and fulfill all degree/certificate requirements and graduation procedures.

You, in conjunction with your advisors, should monitor your progress (My Progress) online in myMCC. In order to graduate, you must submit the graduation application through myMCC 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. Catalogs are valid for five years from the date they are published.

  • Commencement Ceremony

    Commencement ceremonies are held in May and December. If you're graduating in May, you will participate in the May commencement. If you're graduating in August or December, you will participate in the December commencement.

  • 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 five 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 five 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 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:
      • Students seeking a degree of AA, AS, AES, AFA or AGE will be required to complete an E-Portfolio of work demonstrating their achievements in the five general education goals of the college, beginning with Spring 2016 graduates.
      • Students seeking a career and technical education AAS degree will be required to complete an end-of-program assessment as directed by the specific department.
      • Submission of the graduation application through myMCC 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 five 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 five 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 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. Submission of the graduation application through myMCC 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. Submission of the graduation application through myMCC 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.