What is the difference between Commencement and Graduation?
Commencement refers to the ceremony that is officiated by the President of RCGC where you share the excitement and importance of your academic accomplishments with your peers, friends, and family. It is also a special time for deans, faculty, and staff to pay tribute for the outstanding accomplishments you have shown in earning your degree. RCGC holds an annual ceremony in May where students may participate. Students who have completed, or are near completion, of their degree or Certificate of Achievement (COA) are invited to participate. Please note that participation in the commencement ceremony does not indicate that the student has earned a degree.
Graduation is the completion of all degree requirements recorded on your official transcript by the Office of Student Records. These degree requirements include the successful completion of grades necessary for the chosen program of study, the correct number of credits necessary for the degree sought, and a minimum GPA of a 2.0. Students must also satisfy all financial obligations, including the graduation fee.
- RCGC graduates students five times a year, which includes, May, June, August, December, and January.
- Students who wish to graduate must complete a graduation application during the period listed in the Graduation Dates and Deadline Chart:
Graduation Dates & Deadlines Chart
|Fall 2018||March 18 – Dec 3 2018||Nov 1 – Dec 10||January 2019||December 14, 2018||February 18, 2019|
|Winter 2019||Oct 15 – Jan 2||Dec 10 – Jan 11||February 2019||January 11, 2019||March 25, 2019|
|Spring 2019||Oct 15 – May 3||Mar 1 – May 3||June 2019||May 16, 2019||August 5, 2018*|
|Summer 2019||Feb 25 – June 10 or Aug 10***||Jun 25 – Aug 30||September 2019||August 30, 2019||August 26, 2019 or October 28, 2019**|
A photo ID is required when picking up your diploma in-person.
*SPRING DIPLOMAS PICK-UP: Official diplomas are available to be picked up beginning Monday, July 22, 2019 at the Office of Student Records, Student Services Building. Diplomas that are not picked up in-person prior to Thursday, August 1, 2019 will be mailed on Monday August 5, 2019.
**SUMMER DIPLOMAS: For classes ending June 20, 2019, diplomas will be mailed on August 26, 2019. For classes ending after June 20, 2019, diplomas will be mailed on October 28, 2019.
***Students who are on track to complete their degree/COA prior to June 20, 2019 must apply to graduate between February 25, 2019 and June 10, 2019. Students who are on track to complete their degree after June 20, 2019 but before August 30, 2019 must apply to graduate between February 25, 2019 and August 10, 2019.
What Determines If I Satisfied All Graduation Requirements?
Once the application to graduate is completed, the Office of Academic Advisement will begin to review all submissions. Advisors will verify that all degree requirements are met which include the successful completion of grades necessary for the chosen program of study, the correct number of credits necessary for the degree sought, and a minimum GPA of a 2.0. If all degree requirements are met, the Director of Advisement will notify you by your RCGC email. If the degree requimrents are not met, your Academic Advisor will contact the student to discuss the outstanding requirements. All notifications will be done in accordance with the Graduation Dates and Deadlines Chart.
All information regarding the status of a student's graduation application will be sent to their RCGC email address only.
- The Degree Evaluation tool is NOT used to determine successful completion of degree requirements. (This tool assists students with their plan of study only.) Please work directly with YOUR assigned Academic Advisor for information about degree/COA completion.
- Students can review their Degree Evaluation report by logging into the portal and navigating to the "My Campus" page. In the middle of the page, locate the section labeled, "Graduation Tools" and select, "Degree Evaluation." Additional information regarding the Degree Evaluation tool can be found here.
- If you are planning to earn a second concurrent degree/COA, you must submit two separate applications (one for each major) but will not be charged a second graduation fee.
- Information regarding the ordering of your cap and gown for eligible students will be emailed to your RCGC email during the spring semester.
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