GRADUATION PROCEDURES


Filing for Degree or Certificate

The procedures for filing for degree or certificate and graduation are enumerated below:

  1. Pick-up the degree/certificate application from the Counseling Department

  2. Pick-up required graduation information from the Admissions Department

  3. When completed, return the degree/certificate application and your degree plan to the Admissions Department

Instructions to Student

  1. Student should have an up-to-date degree plan prepared and checked by the Counseling Office in his student record in the Admissions Office. A copy of that plan should be attached to the form. That plan should list all courses completed toward the degree with ONLY those in progress THIS semester without grades.

  2. STUDENT is responsible to see that all requirements for graduation as outlined in the college catalog will have been met by the graduation date. These include: meeting TSI requirements or be TSI exempt, a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) and completion of 18 of the last 36 semester hours in residence.

  3. There is a $5 fee to cover the cost of processing and mailing diplomas for students unable to participate or pick up diplomas.

  4. There is one formal graduation exercise held at the end of the spring semester. ALL GRADUATING STUDENTS (Spring) MUST ATTEND GRADUATION unless specifically excused IN WRITING by the Director of Admissions. Fall and summer graduates are encouraged to participate and should request special instructions regarding participation from the Admissions Office.

  5. Students who fail to qualify for graduation must reapply.

  6. Cap and Gown, invitations, and other graduation items may be purchased through the College Bookstore.

Graduation with Honors

Cum Laude (With Honors)
Students who are graduating with an Associate Degree who have least 24 semester hours in residence, who have completed at least two semesters at Galveston College, and who have a grade point average of at least 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) on all work attempted will graduate cum laude.

Magna Cum Laude (With High Honors)
Students who are graduating with an Associate Degree who have a least 24 semester hours in residence, who have completed at least two semesters at Galveston College, and who have a grade point average of at least 3.75 (on a 4.0 scale) on all work attempted will graduate magna cum laude.

Summa Cum Laude (With Highest Honors)
Students who are graduating with an Associate Degree who have a least 24 semester hours in residence, who have completed at least two semesters at Galveston College, and who have a grade point average of a least 3.9 (on a 4.0 scale) on all work attempted will graduate summa cum laude.

Transfer of Courses

Galveston College is accredited by the Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on College, and college parallel courses are generally transferable to senior institutions.  The counseling center maintains transfer information for most colleges in Texas.  The final decision on transferability of a course, however is made by the senior institutions and students are encouraged to check with the Admissions Office of the school to which they will transfer.

Updated 4/30/2009 - Content Author rvandewa