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Graduation
GRADUATION CEREMONY
CATALOG YEAR THAT DETERMINES DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ASSOCIATE DEGREES
GRADUATION COSTS
GRADUATING WITH HONORS
COMPLETING A SECOND DEGREE
EARNING DUAL DEGREES
DEGREE ONLY STATUS
APPLYING FOR GRADUATION

GRADUATION CEREMONY
Once a year in May, RPCC holds a commencement ceremony to recognize students who have completed or expect to complete degrees during that academic year (fall through summer). Graduates and degree candidates are expected to attend the ceremony.



CATALOG YEAR THAT DETERMINES DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Catalog year determines the set of academic requirements that must be fulfilled for graduation. A student will graduate under the catalog in effect at the time of initial enrollment as a degree-seeking student at RPCC. This catalog may continue to be used by the student provided enrollment is not interrupted for two consecutive regular semesters (i.e., fall and spring). A student whose enrollment is interrupted for two or more consecutive regular semesters may choose no catalog early than the one in force at the time of re-entry. Students may also choose to move into a newer catalog year if desired.

The College will make a reasonable effort to honor the curricular requirements in the chosen issue of the catalog. However, because courses and programs are sometimes discontinued, the College shall make the final determination as to whether or not degree requirements are met.

Note: Admission to River Parishes Community College does not guarantee admission to a student�s program of choice. While most associate degree programs are open to all students, admission to the Associate of Science in Teaching degree program is not guaranteed. Students must apply and be accepted to this program. They may, however, begin taken courses for this curriculum prior to applying and being admitted.



GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ASSOCIATE DEGREES
In order to earn an associate�s degree at RPCC, students must complete the general degree requirements listed below.
  • Students must be fully admitted to RPCC as a regularly enrolled student.
  • By the degree conferral date, students must successfully complete all requirements for the degree(s) being pursued.
  • Students must earn the credit hours for their degree programs by completing all required courses.
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  • Grades of �C� or better must be earned in all courses required for the Associate of Arts/Louisiana Transfer, the Associate of Science/Louisiana Transfer, and the Associate of Science in Teaching degrees. Students completing the Associate of General Studies degree must earn grades of �C� or better in all general education English and math courses and all concentration courses.
  • Students completing the Associate of Arts/Louisiana Transfer, the Associate of Science/Louisiana Transfer, or the Associate of General Studies degree must have a 2.00 RPCC and a 2.00 adjusted cumulative grade-point average at the time of graduation. Students completing the Associate of Science in Teaching must have a 2.00 RPCC and a 2.50 adjusted cumulative grade-point average. Students should note that meeting GPA requirements for graduation does not guarantee that they will meet GPA requirements for admission into another college or university or into a specific program or major. Students are responsible for obtaining and understanding information about admission into other institutions and their programs.
  • To satisfy RPCC�s residency requirement, students must complete 25 percent of the coursework for each degree at RPCC. Additionally, the last 12 hours of the coursework must be completed in residence at RPCC.
Please note that some degree programs may have graduation requirements in addition to those noted above.



GRADUATION COSTS
All degree candidates will pay a $15 graduation fee (price subject to change) that covers the cost of the student�s diploma and diploma cover. Students earning two degrees or a second degree will be billed $15 for each degree. Additionally, students attending the commencement ceremony will need to purchase a cap and gown, the cost of which is separate from the $15 graduation fee. The cap and gown price is set each year by the vendor selected by the College.

Note: Any money owed to the College must be paid before students can receive their diplomas and transcripts verifying graduation. Also, students who have holds on their accounts must have these cleared in order to receive diplomasand transcripts.



GRADUATING WITH HONORS
Students who have a final unadjusted GPA of 3.50 to 3.79 will graduate with Dean�s Honor. Those who have a final unadjusted GPA of 3.80 and higher will graduate with Chancellor�s Honor. These recognitions are noted on student�s diplomas and transcripts.



COMPLETING A SECOND DEGREE
Students who have already earned one associate�s degree from RPCC may choose to earn an additional degree when the second degree being earned is not largely a duplication of the first. To earn a second degree, students must receive approval from the College. Additionally, students must complete all requirements for the second degree. This includes earning a minimum of 15 credit hours beyond those required for the first degree.

Some degree programs offer multiple concentrations. For these programs, the degree may be earned only once with one concentration. For more information, contact the Office of Counseling Services (225-675-8270).



EARNING DUAL DEGREES
Students may elect to earn two associate�s degrees at RPCC at the same time provided that the degrees do not duplicate each other. To earn dual degrees, students must receive approval from the College. Additionally, students must meet all degree requirements for both degrees, and they must earn 15 hours beyond those required for the degree with the fewest hours.

Some degree programs offer multiple concentrations. For these programs, the degree may be earned only once with one concentration. For more information, contact the Office of Counseling Services (225-675-8270).



DEGREE ONLY STATUS
Students registered as �degree only� have completed all degree requirements and will graduate at the conclusion of the current semester. They are not, however, enrolled in any classes at RPCC during that final semester because all coursework has already been completed. To register �degree only,� students must seek approval from the Director of Counseling Services. Once registered this way, students will receive a feebill for graduation costs and any unpaid balances (if there are any).



APPLYING FOR GRADUATION
Students should apply for graduation according to the schedule below, preferably during the recommended application period. By applying during this recommended period, students can have their remaining degree requirements verified by the Director of Counseling Services before or during regular registration for the anticipated final semester.

Anticipated Graduation Semester Recommended Application Period Application Deadline*
December February 1 through March 31 October 15
May September 1 through October 15 March 15
July September 1 through October 15 March 15


*Students who apply after this deadline may miss having their names appear in the commencement ceremony program.
Note: Students must be fully admitted to the College in order for the Director of Counseling Services to determine if a student is eligible to graduate from RPCC. In other words, students must submit official transcripts from all institutions attended to the Office of Admissions so that these documents can be reviewed and credits may be posted to the student�s record. Once this has occurred, then the student�s eligibility as a degree candidate may be determined.

Students who have reviewed the all of the above information regarding graduation and ready to begin the application process should click on the GRADUATION APPLICATION. Please allow 10 business days for your applicationto be reviewed. Once the application has been reviewed, instructions for scheduling a graduation appointment, during which your final degree requirements will be reviewed with you, will be sent to your RPCC e-mail account.