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Graduation with Honors:

Students who have earned a 3.5 or higher GPA on all degree applicable work attempted graduate with honors.  Official transcripts from all colleges attended must be on file in the Admissions and Records Office. However, if you are below a 3.5 overall GPA and if no course work on a transcript from another college is used to meet any degree requirement, students may exclude that entire transcript from being used to compute their overall GPA for graduation. Students electing this option need to make this request at the time they file the Request for Associate Degree form. This option only applies to the GPA used to determine graduation with honors from Grossmont College and is not used to determine eligibility for honors for commencement. It will not affect transfer GPA and other colleges and universities may not calculate GPA for honors status the same way.

 

Continuous Attendance:

Grossmont students are considered in continuous attendance for any semester in which they enroll and for the following semester. This allows a student to “stop out” for one semester and not enroll in classes and still maintain continuing student status. Summer sessions are not included under this policy.

Disqualified students are not considered in continuous attendance and must apply for readmission should they wish to return to college. 

Catalog Rights

Students may follow the catalog under which they enter, or any subsequent catalog, as long as they are in continuous attendance. A student not in continuous attendance must meet degree requirements listed in the catalog in effect at the time of readmission.

Awarding of Degrees and certificates

Degrees and certificates are awarded and posted to transcripts when grades are final, approximately one (1) month after the term ends.  You will be notified by email.

Mailing of diplomas

 Printed diplomas will be mailed within the United States approximately three (3) months after the semester ends. Please make sure your current address is on file, ADDRESS CHANGES FOR MAILING DIPLOMAS MUST BE DONE THROUGH THE EVALUATIONS OFFICE, NOT ON THE WEB.  If you do not receive your diploma because of a bad address, the fee for a replacement is $15.  Diplomas may be mailed internationally for a fee; please make arrangements in the Evaluations Office.

Additional Associate Degree(s)

  1. Additional associate degrees may be earned under the following conditions:

  2. Having received an A.A. or A.S. Degree, a student may qualify for A.A. Degrees in other fields (with the exception of General Studies Majors).

  3. Having received a Bachelor's Degree or higher, a student may qualify for an A.A. or A.S. Degree, in other fields with the exception of any A.A. or Degree, General Studies majors degree or University Studies Degree.

  4. Having met all general education requirements as specified in this catalog and a minimum of 12 units in the major subsequent to the preceding degree(s). These 12 units must be different from any previous Associate Degree conferred.

Multiple Majors

Multiple majors are different from additional associate degrees (see Section X in the catalog) in that the student with a multiple major works simultaneously toward the completion of more than one major. An Associate in Science or Associate in Arts Degree with a multiple major can be earned by completion of all general education requirements plus the courses required for the majors as outlined in this catalog under Associate Degree Programs. For those students electing to graduate with a multiple major, a single diploma is issued with both majors listed.  For those students electing to graduate with a multiple major of which one major is in the Associate in Arts degree program and one major is in the Associate in Science degree program, two diplomas will be issued. A General Studies Major cannot be included as part of the multiple major.

Certificates of Achievement

A Certificate of Achievement may be awarded upon successful completion of a prescribed course of study.

To qualify for such a certificate, a student must:

  1. Complete all courses for a particular certificate which are listed in the Associate degree program section of this catalog.

  2. A “C” grade is required for all courses taken at Grossmont College or elsewhere, which are to be applied toward the certificate.

  3. Satisfactorily complete at least one required course at Grossmont College during the semester in which the certificate is earned. All courses taken for the certificate must be graded courses.

  4. File an application for the certificate of achievement in the Admissions and Records Office at the beginning of the semester in which the requirements will be completed.  See calendar in the current catalog or class schedule for exact deadline.)

  5. Students may follow the catalog under which they enter, or any subsequent catalog, as long as they are in continuous attendance. A student not in continuous attendance must meet the certificate requirements listed in the catalog in effect at the time of readmission.

What is the difference between Commencement and Graduation?

Commencement - The ceremony held at the end of each Spring term to recognize degree and certificate achievement. All students who apply for graduation are eligible and encouraged to participate in the ceremony. Participation in the annual Commencement ceremony does not indicate the completion of your degree or certificate.

Graduation - The official awarding of a degree or certificate to a student's records after all degree requirements and proficiencies are met. Students must apply for graduation to earn their degree or certificate.

 

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