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Graduation Information

I. Institutional Regulations

The student must meet the College’s graduation requirements to be awarded a degree, diploma, or certificate.   Program requirements may be found in the catalog.


II. Procedure

  1. Candidates for graduation must complete an application for every academic award they plan to receive.   Application deadlines established by the Records & Registration Office are published on the Sandburg web site, in the College catalog, and in the student handbook. Conferral dates will be at the end of fall semester, spring semester, or summer term. It is the responsibility of the student to know and to observe the requirements of their curriculum and the rules governing academic work.
  2. Students must satisfy all requirements, including program credit totals, in effect at the time of enrollment in their program. These requirements must be completed within five years of the first term of program enrollment. If program requirements are not satisfied within five years of the first term of program enrollment, students must complete the program requirements effective at the time of their program completion.  If an award conferral is approved the conferral date will be reflective to the term for which the application for graduation was submitted.
  3. Students may always opt to follow current program requirements. Students who are currently completing program requirements when program curriculum changes may opt to follow the new academic program requirements.
  4. Students must earn a minimum program cumulative 2.0 grade point average for all courses applicable to their program.
    Certain programs may require minimum grades in specific courses.
    Certain programs may require a higher program cumulative grade point average.
  5. A minimum of 1/3 of semester credit hours applicable to the award being conferred must be completed at Carl Sandburg College.
  6. Candidates for graduation who earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.50 in coursework applicable to their program of study will graduate with program honors. Program honors are listed on a student’s transcript.
  7. Adjustments may be made where program curriculum has changed, courses are no longer available, or where a credit shortage exists due to transfer credit.  It is the responsibility of the student to know and to observe the requirements of the curriculum and the rules governing academic work.
  8. Diplomas or a notification that program requirements have not been satisfied will be mailed to the student approximately two weeks after final grades have been posted.
    All student academic records, including academic awards, will not be released if the student has an unpaid debt to the College.
    Students who do not satisfy program requirements must submit a new graduation application indicating the term they will complete the program.
  9. Students not currently enrolled may be evaluated by the Records & Registration Office and conferred selective awards without student notification. Students must meet all requirements as outlined in this procedure.


Click Here for a Graduation Application form.