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Important information for grads
The BLOG, which is updated every spring,
contains important information about the GBC Graduation Ceremony

Graduation Information

Application
Each student seeking a degree or a certificate of achievement is required to submit a Graduation Application to Admissions and Records. The application fee is $20.00 (plus a $10.00 postage fee if you want your diploma mailed to you). Students enrolled in their last required class(es) should apply at the beginning of that semester.

If transfer credit is to be applied toward degree/certificate requirements, official transcripts from that institution must be received by GBC Admissions and Records by the time of application for graduation.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester – October 15
  • Spring Semester – March 15
  • Summer Semester – July 1

Applications received after the semester has ended will be processed the following semester.

Continuing Students
Students who continue taking classes at GBC after a degree or certificate is finalized should be aware that their degree status may be changed to non-degree seeking. Students who plan to strive toward a different degree or certificate should declare this in the space provided on the graduation application. This is especially important for students applying for financial aid; failure to declare a new degree could result in revocation of financial aid funds.

Diplomas
Students should legibly print their name on the graduation application exactly as they would like it to appear on their diploma. Successfully completed degrees/certificates will be posted to the students’ official transcripts approximately 6 weeks after the end of the graduating semester in which the application was filed. Likewise, printed diplomas will be sent to the nearest GBC campus for students to pick up in-person unless the $10 postage fee is paid at time of application. If the postage fee is paid, diplomas will be sent via certified mail to the mailing address provided by the student on the application. Be sure to contact Admissions and Records if the mailing address changes.

Commencement
All graduating students are encouraged to participate in the May commencement ceremony. Students qualifying for graduation from the preceding summer semester, fall semester, and current spring semester will be sent letters of invitation in April.

Graduation with Honors
The Commencement Program honors will be based on cumulative grade point averages through the previous fall semester. Honors will be posted on student transcripts with the degree/certificate designations based on grades including the spring semester.

  • Cum Laude – Cumulative grade-point averages of 3.50 to 3.74
  • Magna Cum Laude – Cumulative grade-point averages of 3.75 to 3.99
  • Summa Cum Laude – Cumulative grade-point averages of 4.0

Credits transferred from other institutions will not be used for academic achievement designation.

For an associate degree or certificate of achievement, students must complete 45 credits at GBC to graduate with honors. For a bachelor’s degree, students must complete 45 upper-division credits at GBC to graduate with honors. The number of in-residence credits excludes credits earned through the non-traditional credit or credit by examination processes.

 

 

Graduation Requirements

For Associate/Certificate Programs
Graduating from GBC with an associate’s degree or certificate program requires all of the following:
  • Completion of all courses in a prescribed associate’s degree or certificate program (a minimum of 60 credits for an associate’s degree and 30 credits for a certificate). You may select the program described in the current GBC catalog, the GBC catalog at the time of your initial enrollment, or the catalog year in which you officially declared a program of study, provided that the catalog is not more than 6 years old at the time of graduation. (You may not use year-to-year catalog combinations. If you have had major interruptions in completing your program, you should follow the current catalog.) For programs with a separate application process, the catalog year will be determined by your date of acceptance into the program.

  • Completion of at least 15 semester credits while in residence at GBC, regardless of the number of semester hours completed elsewhere and transferred to GBC. NOTE: The College will accept up to 15 credits for non-traditional education (e.g., military training, POST, work experience, etc.) and up to 30 credits can be earned by examination (e.g., CLEP, Advanced Placement, Challenge Exams). However, non-traditional or challenge credit is not applicable to all degrees and such credits do not apply to the 15 credit GBC residency requirement.

  • A cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. Your cumulative GPA is based on the total credits you have taken at GBC. Your cumulative GPA is determined by combining the points received for all your GBC courses and by dividing that total by the number of semester hours credited.

  • Completion and filing of an Application for Graduation. If you are a candidate for a degree or a certificate, file your application, submit the $20.00 fee (plus a $10.00 postage fee if you want your diploma mailed to you), and processing will begin.

  • Complete fulfillment of all financial obligations with the GBC Library and the Controller’s Office.

If you fail to meet degree/certificate requirements by the end of the semester following your application, submit a new application and repay the $20.00 application fee for a subsequent graduation date.

For Baccalaureate Programs
Graduating with a baccalaureate degree requires all of the following:

  • Completion of all courses in a prescribed degree program. You may elect to graduate under the catalog of the year of acceptance into a baccalaureate-level program or the year of graduation. Students who change their major must choose the catalog of the year of the latest change of major or the year of graduation. Whichever catalog is used, it cannot be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.

  • Attainment of the cumulative grade-point average required by your program, as well as any minimum grade in specific courses, as specified by the course catalog.

  • Completion of at least half the number of credits required for a baccalaureate degree at a 4-year institution. A minimum number of 120 total credits is required. At least 40% of the credit required by the major must be upper division. To determine specific credit requirements, see the degree program of your choice.

  • Completion of at least 32 credits in residence at GBC, regardless of the number of semester hours completed elsewhere and transferred to GBC. Challenge exam credit and other non-traditional credits to do not apply to the GBC residency requirement.

  • Completion and filing of an Application for Graduation. If you are a candidate for a degree or a certificate, file your application, submit the $20.00 fee (plus a $10.00 postage fee if you want your diploma mailed to you), and processing will begin.

  • Complete fulfillment of all financial obligations with the GBC Library and the Controller’s Office.

If you fail to meet degree/certificate requirements by the end of the semester following your application, submit a new application and repay the $20.00 application fee for a subsequent graduation date.

If you have questions about any of the graduation requirements, please contact the Admissions and Records Office at 775-753-2273.

 

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