NVCC 2003-2004 Catalog
    Instructional Programs

Graduation Requirements

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Associate Degree Requirements
    To be ELIgible for graduation with an associate degree (A.A.A., A.A.S., A.A, or A.S.) from the College, you must have completed the following:

1. Have been admitted (declared a major) to a curriculum.
2. Have fulfilled all of the course work and credit hour requirements of the curriculum as outlined in the College Catalog. The catalog to be used to determine graduation requirements is the one in effect at the time of your admission to a curriculum from which you are graduating, or any subsequent catalog of your choice from an academic year in which you attended NVCC. The catalog to be used in certifying your graduation shall have been in effect no more than seven years prior to the semester of graduation.
3. Have been recommended for graduation by the appropriate instructional authority in your curriculum.
4. Have passed the NVCC computer competency test or successfully completed AST 232, AST 236, BUS 226, CSC 110, HIT 130, or IST 117 (effective for students entering fall 1999 or later). (If your degree requires you to take a computer course, you may not substitute the computer competency test for the computer course.)
5. Have taken at least 25% of the credit required in the curriculum at NVCC.
6. Have completed the general education requirements for an associate degree.
7. Have earned a grade point average of at least 2.00 in courses attempted that are applicable toward graduation in the curriculum.
8. Have applied for graduation at a campus Office of Admissions and Records on or before the dates published in the Schedule of Classes for each semester.
9. Have resolved all financial obligations to the College and returned all materials, including library books.

Multiple Degrees
    You may earn more than one degree or certificate at NVCC. All of the graduation requirements for each individual curriculum must be completed prior to the award of the degree or certificate for that program. When the Associate in Science degree in General Studies is one of the multiple degrees to be awarded, the A.S. degree in General Studies shall include a minimum of 9 semester hours beyond the requirements of any other degree awarded to you by the College.

Certificate Requirements
    To be ELIgible for graduation with a certificate or a career studies certificate from the College you must have completed the following:

1. Have been admitted (declared a major) to a curriculum.
2. Have fulfilled all of the course requirements of the curriculum as outlined in the College Catalog. This includes achieving a passing grade in each course in the curriculum. The catalog to be used to determine graduation requirements is the one in effect at the time of your admission to a curriculum from which you are graduating, or any subsequent catalog of your choice from an academic year in which you attended NVCC. The catalog to be used in certifying your graduation shall have been in effect no more than seven years prior to the semester of your graduation.
3. Have been recommended for graduation by the appropriate authority in the curriculum.
4. Have completed at least 25% of the credits for the certificate at NVCC.
5. Have earned a grade point average of at least 2.00 in all courses attempted that are applicable toward graduation in the curriculum.
6. Have applied for graduation at a campus Office of Admissions and Records on or before the dates published in the Schedule of Classes for each semester.
7. Have resolved all financial obligations to the College and returned all materials, including library books.
8. Have completed an STD course if you are enrolled in a certificate or career studies certificate of more than 15 credits.

Certificate of Completion
    If you successfully complete a program of instruction that does not lead to a certificate or an associate degree, you may be awarded a Certificate of Completion. These are also given for non-credit courses at the College.

Graduation Honors
    Students attending NVCC for a minimum of 30 credit hours in degree programs are ELIgible for graduation honors. Those attending NVCC for a minimum of 50% of the credit hours in their certificate program are ELIgible for graduation honors. You must apply for graduation at your campus Office of Admissions and Records to be ELIgible for graduation honors. Graduation honors are determined by your cumulative grade point average at the completion of the semester for which you are certified for graduation.
    Appropriate honors are based on scholastic achievements and recorded on the degree or certificate as follows:

Cumulative
Grade Point Average Honor
3.20 Cum Laude (with honor)
3.50 Magna Cum Laude (with high honor)
3.80 Summa Cum Laude (with highest honor)

Graduation Rates
    Many students attending Northern Virginia Community College do not plan to graduate with an associate degree or certificate, but enroll for the purpose of improving job skills, taking credits for transfer to another college, or for some specialized need or personal satisfaction. Determining graduation rates, given students' varied objectives is difficult; however, if you are a prospective or enrolled student who would like to know more about the enrollments and completion rates for a particular curriculum, the College may be able to provide such information to you. Requests for enrollment and graduation data may be directed to the campus dean of Student Development or the associate vice president of the Office of Institutional Research. Typically, the best available data will be provided within 30 working days of the request. You may also visit the College Office of Institutional Research’s Web site at

Issuing of Diplomas
    Diplomas are issued at the end of each semester after final verification of grades and completion requirements. Graduates will be notified when diplomas are available in the campus Office of Admissions and Records. Only one diploma is provided in the name of the student for each certificate or degree. Diplomas will not be reissued for name changes.



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