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The State Board for Community Colleges will establish minimum standards and will authorize community colleges to issue appropriate associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates to individuals who satisfactorily complete course and program requirements.

  1. Degree, Diplomas and Certificates Awards
    Virginia Highlands Community College offers the following degrees, diplomas, and certificates for students who successfully complete approved programs at the College:

    Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree (AA&S) is awarded to students majoring in Liberal Arts, Business Administration, General Studies, Education, and Science who may plan to transfer to four-year colleges or universities after completing their community college programs.

    Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) is awarded to students majoring in one of the occupational-technical curricula who may plan to obtain full-time employment immediately upon graduation from the College. (While college transfer is not a primary goal in the AAS Degree programs, opportunities may be available for students to move from these programs into advanced degree programs.)

    The Diploma is awarded to students who complete a non-degree occupational program that is two years in length.

    The Certificate is awarded to students who complete a non-degree program that is one year in length.

    Certificate in Career Studies is awarded to students who complete a non-degree occupational program that is equivalent to at least one semester of study.
  2. Graduation Requirements
    1. Associate Degree Requirements

      To be eligible for graduation with an associate degree from a community college, the student must:
      1. Have fulfilled all of the course and credit-hour requirements of the degree curriculum with a minimum of 25 percent (25%) of the credits acquired at the College awarding the degree;
      2. Have been certified for graduation by the appropriate college official;
      3. Have earned a grade point average of at least 2.0 in all studies attempted that are applicable toward graduation in his/her curriculum;
      4. Have filed an application for graduation in the Office of Admissions and Records which may be waived in the case of the General Education Certificate;
      5. Have resolved all financial obligations to the College and returned all library and college materials.
    2. Diploma Requirements

      To be eligible for graduation with a diploma from the College, a student must:
      1. Have fulfilled all of the course and credit-hour requirements of the diploma curriculum as specified in the College catalog with a minimum of 25 percent (25%) of the credits acquired at the college awarding the diploma;
      2. Have been certified for graduation by the appropriate college official;
      3. Have earned a grade point average of at least 2.0 in all studies attempted that are applicable toward graduation in their curricula;Have filed an application for graduation in the Office of Admissions and Records;
      4. Have filed an application for graduation in the Office of Admissions and Records;
      5. Have resolved all financial obligations to the College and returned all library and other college materials.
    3. Certificate Requirements

      To be eligible for graduation with a certificate from the College, a student must:
      1. Have fulfilled all of the courses and credit-hour requirements of the certificate curriculum as specified in the College catalog with a minimum of 25 percent (25%) of the credits acquired at the College awarding the certificate;
      2. Have been certified for graduation by the appropriate college official;
      3. Have earned a grade point average of at least 2.0 in all studies attempted that are applicable toward graduation in their curricula;
      4. Have filed an application for graduation in the Office of Admissions and Records;
      5. Have resolved all financial obligations to the College and returned all library and college materials.
      If a student pursues a degree program but completes only the credits required for a certificate program, the division dean and the Vice President of Instruction and Student Services may recommend that a certificate be awarded.
  3. Second Degree, Diploma, or Certificate

    VHCC will award students more than one degree, diploma, certificate or career studies certificate in accordance with the state policy indicating that the awards must differ from one another by at least 25% of the credits. The College may grant credit for all previously completed applicable courses that are requirements of the additional certificate or degree. It may also, when appropriate, substitute alternate courses for those courses for which the students received credit in the previous certificate, diploma, or degree. Students who are seeking more than one credential should work with faculty and academic advisors to plan accordingly.
  4. Graduation Honors

    A student who has fulfilled the requirements for graduation as outlined, is eligible for graduation honors. Honors recognitions are based upon the cumulative grade point average. Additionally, the honor recognitions for the graduation ceremony are based upon the scholastic achievements at the end of the semester prior to graduation. Honor recognitions are recorded on the student’s program as follows:

    Grade Point Average

    Honor

    3.2 to 3.49

    Cum Laude (with honor)

    3.5 to 3.79

    Magna cum laude (with high honor)

    3.8 to 4.00

    Summa cum laude (with highest honor)
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  6. Graduation Commencement Ceremony

    Virginia Highlands Community College has one formal graduation exercise each year for students completing curricula. Attendance at the commencement ceremony shall be required of graduating students unless special permission to be absent is obtained from the College President or the President’s designee.
    1. Diplomas will be mailed to the graduate’s home mailing address in the Student Information System (SIS) 10-12 weeks after the end of their final semester. Make sure the mailing address in (SIS)> Student Center is accurate.
    2. Students who need up to two (2) courses to meet graduation requirements may petition the Student Affairs Committee for permission to walk in the ceremony. They must submit a plan to complete these courses by the end of summer semester. The written petition must be completed and submitted to the Vice President of Instruction & Student Services by March 30. The Student affairs Committee will evaluate the plan for graduation and make a recommendation to the Vice President of Instruction & Student Services.
    3. Students who have applied for graduation and fail a Spring semester class must complete the written petition and appear before an ad hoc committee to request permission to walk in the Spring ceremony.
Last updated: 10/31/2014 3:58:16 PM