Graduation, Degrees, and Certificates

POLICY OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF PEARL RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Adopted: 
Tuesday, December 7, 1993
Revision Number: 
4
Revision Date: 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Reference: 
Educational Programs
Policy: 

The College will award a degree or certificate when students have met specific requirements.

Procedure: 

Associate in Arts

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

  1. Complete a minimum of 62 semester hours to include the 37 semester hour basic core curriculum and 25 semester hours of transferable 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.

In order to receive an Associate Degree a minimum of twenty-five percent (25%) of the hours applied toward the degree must be completed at Pearl River Community College.

Computer proficiency is required of all students who receive an Associate in Arts degree. This proficiency may be demonstrated in any of the following ways: passing an academic computer science course, passing a computer proficiency test, completing an online course with a grade of B or better, or completing a non-developmental mathematics course that requires the use of instructional software. The appropriate vice president may consider declaring a student computer proficient based on documentation of appropriate employment experience.

Associate in Applied Science Degree

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.

Certificate of Proficiency

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 attains an overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher.

**NOTE - In order to participate in commencement exercises and receive a diploma, a candidate for graduation must file an application for graduation online at prcc.edu.