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Graduation

Graduation Requirements

To be awarded an associate degree, certificate, or career studies certificate, you must:

  1. Fulfill all course and credit hour requirements specified in the John Tyler Community College Catalog at the time of your official placement in the curriculum. Subsequent program changes may necessitate course substitutions, but these can only be made with the recommendation of your academic advisor and the approval of the appropriate division dean.
  2. Earn a minimum of 25 percent of the total semester credits required for the degree, certificate, or career studies certificate at John Tyler Community College. Note: Credits earned via experiential learning are not considered residency credits and do not constitute courses earned at John Tyler Community College. In addition, experiential learning credits may be used to satisfy no more than 25 percent of the requirements for a degree, certificate, or career studies certificate.
  3. Have a grade point average of at least 2.0 in all courses that are applicable toward graduation in your curriculum.
  4. Resolve any financial obligations to the College and return all library books and other materials.
  5. Participate in the institution’s assessments of its academic programs prior to graduation. Information will be sent to students outlining specific information about the process. Failure to complete required assessment activities may result in transcripts and/or diplomas being withheld until this requirement is fulfilled.

Applying for Graduation

To be considered for graduation, you must:

  1. Obtain an Application for Graduation from your academic advisor, counselor, or Student Success Center advisor.
  2. Be officially in the curriculum (career plan) for which you are seeking graduation. You may only be in one curriculum at a time.
  3. Request that your advisor or Student Success Center advisor attach an advising transcript to your Application for Graduation.
  4. Complete all designated sections of your Application for Graduation.
  5. Submit your completed Application for Graduation to the Admissions and Records Office by the appropriate deadline to receive an audit report. Please see the Graduation Deadlines and FAQ page for this academic year's specific deadlines.
  6. Ensure that all course waiver and substitution forms are submitted by your advisor and dean to the Admissions and Records Office by the appropriate deadline:

    For summer semester candidates – June 15
    For fall semester candidates – November 1
    For spring semester candidates – March 1*


    *NOTE: Course waiver and substitution forms submitted after this date will be processed for summer semester. If you submit your form late, you will not be processed for spring semester graduation and will not be permitted to participate in commencement until the following year.

  7. Participate in the institution’s assessments of its academic programs prior to graduation. Information will be sent to students outlining specific information about the process. Failure to complete required assessment activities may result in transcripts and/or diplomas being withheld until this requirement is fulfilled.

Participating in Commencement

  • John Tyler Community College’s annual commencement ceremony is held each May. Students who graduate in the preceding summer, fall, and spring semesters may participate.
  • If you wish to participate in the annual Commencement Ceremony, you must indicate on your graduation application that you intend to participate in the ceremony, and submit a R.S.V.P. via e-mail. There are no exceptions to this requirement.
  • Information about the commencement ceremony and the purchase of caps, gowns, and announcements will be mailed and/or e-mailed to all participants in the spring semester. More information is also available on the commencement ceremony page.

Multiple Awards

  • If you are seeking to graduate with two degrees and/or certificates, you must submit an Application for Graduation for each award.
  • Current State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) procedures limit the number of awards (degrees and certificates) that can be officially reported by VCCS institutions for a student within an academic year (summer, fall, spring) to no more than two.
  • Students may only graduate with one specialization within a single degree.
  • All subsequent awards (degrees, certificates, career studies certificates) must differ from prior awards by at least 25 percent.

Additional Online Resources

Graduation Deadlines and FAQs
Commencement Ceremony


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