Graduation and Commencement
Petitioning for Graduation
The College does not automatically confer degrees or certificates because eligibility requirements vary. Students are encouraged to meet with a counselor during their studies at CRC to ensure that they're taking courses that will meet degree and certificate requirements.
Petition deadlines for the 2012-2013 academic year
Summer Session 2012: June 29, 2012
Fall Semester 2012: October 5, 2012
Spring Semester 2013: March 1, 2013
AA/AS Degree Petition (PDF): See information below. This is a fill-in form that you
can print or save.
AA-T/AS-T Degree Petition (PDF): See information below.
Certificate Petition (PDF): See information below.
- You should have met with a counselor. This is very important if you're unsure if you are eligible to petition or if you have questions about where your coursework should be entered on the petition. Petition submissions lacking even a single requirement will cause the evaluation to stop and will result in a denial letter. That letter will direct you to Counseling. Do not contact the Admissions and Records Office to see what your missing/remaining requirements are. So, be careful if you choose to complete the petition without having met with a counselor.
- Carefully read and complete the appropriate form(s). Take your time. Incomplete petitions will result in a denial letter.
- Be patient. You will receive an initial status letter approximately five weeks after the deadline date for the semester or summer session in which you petitioned. You should allow up to three months from the end of the summer session or semester before you receive your diploma or certificate. As evaluators discover any problems, they will notify affected students. If you change your address with the college during this time, you must also notify the Evaluations staff in the Admissions & Records Office since your petition information is maintained in a separate database.
Why so long? There are many factors. The evaluators receive hundreds of petitions. The staff must wait for final grades to be submitted by professors, review the petitions and completed coursework for accuracy, post the degree and certificate information to students' records, and then order the diplomas and certificates. Keep in mind that all of this work happens at the same time as the staff is also registering students and performing other Admissions and Records duties.
The Commencement Ceremony
This event occurs at the end of each spring semester. For the 2012-2013 academic year, students who earned a degree during the summer and fall of 2012, and the degree candidates for the spring semester of 2013 will be invited to attend.
Information packets will be mailed to students in April. The information will provide the details you will need to know about planning for the commencement ceremony.
Students graduating with highest honors (cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or better) will receive a gold tassel. Your grade point average is based on all college coursework, not just your classes at CRC.