2018-2019 Catalog


Graduation or Certificate Application

Students must indicate their intention to graduate or complete a certificate by filing a Graduation Application Form in the Registrar’s Office (F-111) by the appropriate deadline.

Graduation Dates

BCC recognizes three graduation dates: at the end of the summer session, the end of the fall semester and Commencement at the end of the spring semester. Diplomas will be distributed to students at this time. Transcripts of students who complete degree requirements will show the appropriate graduation date. While degrees will be conferred and certificates awarded as of the indicated graduation dates, only one annual Commencement is held, and the official program for that occasion contains the names of all who have completed their degrees and certificates since the last Commencement. BCC graduates are expected to attend Commencement exercises in the spring.

Graduation Honors

A number of academic distinctions are made known at the graduation ceremony. These include the introduction of a Valedictorian and the recognition of students graduating from a degree program with Honors (3.250 to 3.749 cumulative grade point average) and High Honors (3.750 to 4.000 cumulative grade point average). See Honors Opportunities.

Graduation Requirements

To be considered a candidate for graduation, a student must have been admitted to a degree or certificate program at BCC. See Applying for Admission. Students must complete at least one quarter (25 percent) of their program’s graduation credit requirements by enrollment in regularly scheduled classes at BCC. Hence, a student may not meet more than one half of the program’s graduation requirements by transfer, examination, prior learning experience or a combination thereof.

To be awarded an associate degree, students must earn an overall minimum cumulative average of 2.000, and a minimum cumulative average of 2.000 in all courses in the area of specialization. To be awarded a certificate, students must earn an overall minimum cumulative average of 2.000, and a minimum cumulative average of 2.000 in the certificate program requirements. Specific degree and certificate program requirements are listed for each program in the Programs of Study section. Any substitutions must be approved by the program advisor and, in the case of general education requirements (in column at left), the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The appropriate waiver/substitution form must be filed with the Registrar’s Office. Also, in addition to their program and general education requirements, degree- seeking students must complete: