• Application for Graduation. The Application for Graduation form should be submitted to the Graduation Services Center or the Office of Admissions and Records at least one semester prior to the semester in which the student plans to graduate, or when a student has accrued 45 credit hours toward his/her major.
• Grade Point Average Required for Graduation. Students pursuing the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Applied Science degree must have at least a 2.0 grade point average to graduate. The grade point average includes all course work attempted but excludes any course work repeated or reprieved under the terms of the College’s Academic Forgiveness Policy including transfer credit from all accredited institutions of higher education attended, and 0-level course grades.
• Academic Residency Required for Graduation. A minimum of 15 credit hours at the 1000 level or higher must be earned in residence at Rose State College before a degree will be conferred.
• Deficiencies/Proficiencies to Complete for Graduation. All high school curricular deficiencies and performance proficiencies must be cleared, as required by chosen degree program.
• Total Hours Required for Graduation. Students must complete a minimum of sixty-two credit hours at the 1000 level or higher, including all degree requirements, for an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, or Associate in Applied Science degree.
• Transfer Transcript Credit/Grade Changes. All academic records, including official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended; any grade changes, including the completion of “I” (incomplete) course work; course substitutions; and extrainstitutional credit, must be on file in the Office of Admissions and Records prior to the awarding of a degree. Documents received after the last day of the month in which degree course requirements are completed will result in the degree being posted for the next semester.
• Graduation Exercises. Graduation exercises are held once each year, at the end of the spring semester. Students are encouraged to participate in the event. Students who completed degree requirements in the preceding fall semester may participate. Also, students who are candidates for spring and summer graduation are strongly encouraged to participate in the ceremony. Information to order cap and gown for the ceremony is available each spring in the Graduation Services Center, the Office of Admissions and Records, or the Rose State College Bookstore.
Graduation Deadlines. Students must apply all course work and submit all transcripts in accordance with the following deadlines to be considered for graduation.
• Last working day of August for a summer graduation date.
• Last working day of January for a fall graduation date.
• Last working day of May for a spring graduation date.
Students can enhance the pursuit of a degree by working on the following:
• Additional Options within a Degree Program. Students may complete more than one option within a degree program. The diploma will reflect only the degree earned, and documentation of the additional option(s) will be provided on an official transcript.
• Double Majors for an Associate Degree. A double major is not the same as an additional associate degree. Students must request the intention for a double major on the degree check for graduation. Duplicate courses that are required for both majors' Program Requirements will be counted for completion of both majors. In some instances, depending on the catalog year and degree, an additional 15 credit hours may apply.
• Earning an Additional Associate Degree. An associate degree for a different major may be granted once the student completes an additional 15 credit hours in residence at Rose State College. The student must complete the general and degree specific requirements for both degrees. The additional 15 credit hours must apply toward the additional degree.