College Degrees & Diplomas Graduation

College Degrees and Diplomas Graduation Information

Career & College Promise dual enrollment students, you should also follow these steps to graduate.

Requirements to be Eligible to Graduate

  • GPA

    To be eligible to graduate, you must have earned a minimum grade point average of 2.0 out of a possible for 4.0 in all of your program courses, including general education courses. Some programs also have minimum grade requirements that may require you to earn a grade "C" or higher in some or all courses. Your GPA is calculated according to the Central Piedmont grading system.

  • Summer Graduates

    If you have a GPA of 2.0 or better and can demonstrate to Graduation Services that you have two courses or fewer (with a maximum of seven credits) to complete during the summer term, you may request permission from Graduation Services to participate ("walk") in the spring ceremony. If you are given permission to participate in the commencement ceremony, you will not actually graduate until you have completed your remaining requirements. Your name will not appear in the commencement program.

    Apply to graduate. Once registered for your final summer courses, bring proof of your registration to your graduation analyst for permission to participate in the ceremony.

  • Residency

    You must have completed a certain minimum number of credit hours in residence at Central Piedmont in order to be eligible to graduate:

    • Degree: minimum of 21 credit hours
    • Diploma: minimum of 12 credit hours
    • Certificate: minimum of 30 percent of coursework
  • Catalog Year

    A catalog year has a specific set of requirements that were in effect during a given academic year. Catalog years run from the fall semester through the following summer term. Your degree requirements are based on the catalog year when you were admitted to your academic program and began taking courses. However, if you do no enroll in courses related to your program for more than three consecutive terms, you must re-enroll and will then be subject to the requirements of the the catalog year of your return. This may mean your program requirements change. You may request a catalog year update from your program chair, faculty advisor, or counselor. In order to remain subject to the requirements of an older catalog year, you must secure approval from your associate dean.

    Courses Taken Before 1997

    If you took some courses under the quarter system that was in effect prior to 1997, you may be able to use those courses toward your degree. When the college moved from a quarter-based system to a semester system, departments established crosswalks between courses. Because of the amount of time that has passed, some of these crosswalks have expired. If you have taken courses under the quarter system, your faculty advisor can advise you as to what courses will crosswalk. Other courses may be substituted for semester courses. In some instances, you may need to take the new course. Because they were taken under the quarter system, the credit value of older courses must be converted for use under the semester system. The formula "Quarter credit hours ÷ 1.5 = Semester credit hours" is used for this calculation.

Steps to Graduate

  • 1. Meet with Your Faculty Advisor or Counselor Before Applying to Graduate

    Your advisor will ensure that:

    • we have received all transcripts
    • you have been admitted to the appropriate program and catalog year
    • any course substitutions and waivers have been submitted
    • you have a course of study for the remainder of your program
  • 2. Submit a Graduation Application

    You must submit your graduation application to Graduation Services online in MyCollege during established application dates. You cannot submit your graduation applications by fax. If you have trouble submitting your application online, please contact your graduation analyst. All graduation related emails will go to your Central Piedmont student email account.

  • 3. Program Requirements Audit

    Once you apply for graduation, a Graduation Services analyst will audit your records. Provided that you apply for graduation within the set application dates, the analyst will email you the status of your program audit approximately four to six weeks after you submit your application. Your audit may be delayed if your submit your graduation application late.

    A degree audit evaluation checks how you have progressed towards your program's requirements. The evaluation will compare the courses you have completed to your program's requirements and note any requirements or documents that you need to complete or submit prior to your graduation. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have met all of these requirements prior to graduation. You can check how many classes you have left to complete your program at any time by doing a program evaluation in MyCollege:

    1. Log in to MyCollege.
    2. Click “Student Planning.”
    3. Click “Go to My Progress” for #1 under “View Your Progress.”

    Graduation analysts cannot perform this audit when you apply to graduate. Because of the number of applications we receive, we must process applications in the order they are received to ensure they are reviewed within the specified time frame. If you are unsure of your status and have advising questions that need to be answered before your degree audit evaluation, you must meet with your advisor or counselor.

    A few weeks before the end of your final semester, we will do another review of your records. Your Graduation Services analyst will contact you to confirm your graduation or to invite you to make an appointment to discuss your graduation status. When everything is in order, we will send you an email with instructions for how to order your degree or diploma.

  • 4. Order a Transcript Documenting Your Degree

    After completing all your requirements, including your final courses, we will add a notation of your degree or diploma and the date of your graduation to your transcript.

    Once you are notified that you are eligible to graduate, you may order your final transcript with your degree/diploma noted by completing the transcript request in MyCollege and marking the request "After Degree is Awarded." This way, we will not send you your transcript until your degree is noted on it.

  • 5. Order Your Cap and Gown, Attend Graduation Ceremony (If Eligible to Participate)

    In order to participate in the graduation ceremony, you must submit your graduation application by the graduation application deadline. This guarantees your application will be processed in time to order your cap and gown. If you do not submit your graduation by the deadline, your application may not be process before the deadline for you to purchase a cap and gown for the ceremony.

    Cap and gown orders begin in April. Graduation Services will email detailed information on these purchases and other ceremony details to graduates and eligible potential graduates beginning in early April.

  • 5. Complete Financial Aid Exit Counseling (If Applicable)

    If you have obtained a federal direct loan while attending Central Piedmont, or if you have borrowed under the federal loan program at a different institution, you are required to complete a Federal Loan Exit Counseling session before graduating. The Department of Education has compiled an online counseling session to provide you with the information necessary to begin repayment and answer any questions you may have. If you would prefer an in-person exit counseling session, please contact the Financial Aid office.

  • 6. Receive your Degree or Diploma in the Mail

    You will receive your degree/diploma according to the following schedule:

    • Spring graduation: degrees and diplomas are mailed by July 1
    • Summer graduation: degrees and diplomas are mailed by September 30
    • Fall graduation: degrees and diplomas are mailed by February 27

    Degrees and diplomas may be purchased for $20. Please contact your graduation analyst for an order form. The degree or diploma may take six to eight weeks to arrive.

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