Graduation

Q:    When can I graduate?
A:    Reply by asking: Have you applied for graduation?

If the answer is yes, then direct them to email generaleducation@prcc.edu with any questions.

If the answer is no, then direct them to the Academics link on the PRCC homepage.  Under the General Education section, there is a link to apply for graduation.  After the student applies for graduation, the Graduation Clerk will process the request.  (Allow 48 business hours for processing.)  Students can then email generaleducation@prcc.edu with questions.

Q:    How do I apply to graduate?
A:    Select the Academics link on the PRCC homepage.  Under the General Education section, there is a link to apply for graduation.  After the student applies for graduation, the Graduation Clerk will process the request.  (Allow 48 business hours for processing.)  Students can then email generaleducation@prcc.edu with questions.

Q:    When is the graduation ceremony?
A:    PRCC only has one ceremony per year.  It occurs in May after final grades have been posted.  The exact date varies each year.

If you graduated the previous June, August, or December and indicated on your graduation application that you wished to march in the May ceremony, you will receive a letter in the mail with information such as where to pick up caps & gowns and when and where to report for the ceremony.

Next graduation ceremony is May 15, 2013.

Q:    When will I get my diploma?
A:    Students will receive diplomas in the mail 6-8 weeks after the end of the semester.  In the meantime, the official transcript is the record of graduation.  A copy of the transcript can be ordered by clicking PRCC transcript under Future Students on the PRCC website.

We don’t actually print diplomas and certificates at the college.  They are ordered, and as soon as we get them, we put them in the mail to the student unless the student has holds of some sort (such as unpaid bills in the Business Office or missing paperwork for Admissions).

Q:    Where can I order graduation invitations?
A:    PRCC does not provide graduation invitation ordering.

Q:    Where can I order pictures from the graduation ceremony?
A:    The public relations office will supply information to order pictures.

Q:      When and where do I apply for graduation?
A:      The PRCC catalog states "A student should apply for graduation one semester prior to the anticipated graduation date."
Poplarville Campus students should apply in the Office of the Vice President for Instruction (601-403-1210) on the second floor of the Alexander Administration Building.
Forrest County Center students should apply in the Office of the Secretary to the Dean of the Forrest County Center (601-554-5505) in the Allied Health Center.
Hancock Center students should apply in the office of the Director of the Hancock Center (228-252-7001).

Q:      How many credits are required for graduation?
A:      In order to receive either an Associate in Applied Science degree or an Associate in Arts degree a
minimum of twenty-five percent (25%) of the hours applied toward the degree must be completed at Pearl River Community College.

The Associate in Arts degree is awarded to students who meet either of the following requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 64 semester hours to include the 40 semester hour basic core curriculum and 24 semester hours of transferrable electives (a maximum of four activity hours may be applied toward graduation) and attain an overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher.
  2. Complete the first two years of a baccalaureate program of study found in any accredited four year college or university catalog which has become effective since the student began college studies and attain an overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher.

The Associate in Applied Science degree is awarded to a student who completes the prescribed technical course of study in his or her chosen field as outlined in the College Catalog and attains an overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher. 

The Certificate of Proficiency is awarded to a student who completes the prescribed career course of study in his or her chosen field as outlined in the College Catalog and attain an overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher.

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