Graduation

Young man displaying diploma at graduation ceremony

The CPCC Graduation Office awards degrees, diplomas, certificates and Adult High School diplomas to eligible students. In order to receive a credential, potential graduates first must submit the appropriate graduation application according to the following dates:

Potential Graduates Begin Submitting Applications
SpringJanuary 1
SummerMay 1
FallAugust 1

There is no application deadline; however, spring applications submitted by March 1 are guaranteed to be processed in time to participate in the graduation ceremony.

Graduation Requirements

Program requirements - The college reserves the option of changing the requirements for completing a degree, diploma, or certificate program at any time.

Returning students:

  • When a student is not enrolled in program-related courses for three or more consecutive semesters, requirements for program completion are based on the requirements in effect when the student re-enrolls in the program, not on those in effect when the student originally entered the program.
  • An official copy of a student’s high school transcript must be on file in order to be admitted to a degree or diploma program.
  • Exceptions to course requirements and catalog year changes (beginning Fall 1997) can be made upon approval of the division director. Sometimes such exceptions must be made because courses in an earlier curriculum program may no longer be offered. Students are not placed in a catalog year prior to the 1997-1998 year.

GPA - A student must have a program Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better to receive a degree, diploma or a certificate. Some programs may require a grade of “C” or better.

Credentials - An official high school transcript or equivalent must be on file, showing the date of graduation prior to awarding certificates, diplomas, and degrees.

Residence - A student must meet the Curriculum Program Residency requirements of the College.

Hours/Credits:

  • Degrees - A minimum of 21 program hours must be earned at Central Piedmont Community College.
  • College Diplomas - A minimum of 12 program hours must be earned at Central Piedmont Community College.
  • Certificates - A minimum of thirty percent (30%) of program credits must be earned at Central Piedmont Community College.

For more information on policies governing graduation, please see Policy 5.13 Program Completion Requirements.

Graduation Process for Degrees & Diplomas

(Students pursuing the Cytotechnology certificate also should follow this process.)

Meet with an Advisor
Student should meet with their advisors prior to applying for graduation. Advisors check that:

  • all transcripts have been received,
  • students are admitted to the correct program and under the correct catalog year of requirements,
  • any course substitutions and waivers are submitted, and
  • students have a course of study for the remainder of their program.

Submit a Graduation Application
Potential graduates should submit a Graduation Application to the Graduation Office during the time frame published. Applications should be submitted online through a MyCollege student account (if the student is admitted to the program.)

Receive a Degree Audit Status Update
Graduation analysts review records and email degree audit status updates to students approximately six weeks after an application is submitted. These evaluations cannot be completed at the time the application is submitted.

Receive a Copy of the Earned Degree or Diploma
After completion of all requirements, including successful completion of final courses required for graduation, a notation of the degree/diploma and the date of graduation is entered on students' CPCC transcripts. If ordered, degrees/diplomas are mailed to students approximately eight weeks after graduation. A student’s date of graduation is the term when all documents needed for graduation certification are completed.

Graduation Process for Certificates

Meet with an Advisor
Students should meet with their advisors prior to applying for graduation. Advisors check that students are admitted to the correct program under the correct catalog year of requirements, that any course substitutions and waivers have are submitted and that students have a course of study for the remainder of their program.

Submit a Certificate Graduation Application
Students should submit a Certificate Graduation Application during the time frame published, as certificates are not automatically awarded by the college. This form may be submitted online through a MyCollege student account (if the student is admitted to the program.)

Receive a Certificate Audit Update
Graduation Analysts review records and email students degree audit updates approximately eight weeks after an application is submitted. These evaluations cannot be completed at the time the application is submitted.

Receive the Earned Certificate
After completion of all requirements, including successful completion of final courses required for graduation, a notation of the certificate and the date of graduation is entered on the student’s CPCC transcript. One free copy of the certificate is mailed to the student approximately eight weeks after completion. The student’s date of graduation is the term when all documents needed for graduation certification are complete and on file. Additional copies of certificates may be purchased for a small fee.

Graduation Process for Adult High School Diplomas

Meet with an Advisor
Students should meet with their Adult High School advisor prior to applying for graduation. Advisors review student education plans and determine a term of graduation.

Submit a Graduation Application
Students should submit a graduation application to the Adult High School Coordinator after meeting with their advisor during the time frames published. Applications are available in the Adult High School Office.

Receive Update from Graduation Office
When notified of pending completion by the Adult High School Coordinator, Graduation Analysts audit student records and notify students of their status by email. These evaluations cannot be completed at the time the application is submitted.

Receive the Adult High School Diploma
After completion of all requirements, including successful completion of final courses required for graduation, a notation of the Adult High School Diploma and the date of graduation are entered on the student’s CPCC transcript. The student’s date of graduation is the term when all documents needed for graduation certification are complete and on file. If ordered, diplomas are mailed to students approximately eight weeks after graduation.
Please note: A minimum of 1 Adult High School credit hour must be earned at Central Piedmont Community College to be awarded the Adult High School Diploma.

Graduation Ceremony

CPCC holds one graduation ceremony in May of each year. Details are sent to eligible graduates in April. The ceremony is held to recognize graduates of the spring term, as well as the previous fall and summer terms. Students who will graduate the following summer may request special permission to participate if they have two or fewer courses remaining to complete during the summer term. They should apply for graduation as scheduled and must show proof of registration for their two final courses before permission is granted to participate in the ceremony as a summer graduate.

Graduation Ceremony Honors

The Graduation with Honors designation (which entitles one to wear cords at a graduation ceremony) is determined by program grade point average (GPA). If a student simultaneously graduates from two or more programs with an honors level GPA in one program and not in the other, the student will graduate with honors. If a student is eligible for honor cords in both programs, the student will wear only the cord designating the highest honor.

President’s List
To honor students for outstanding academic achievement, the college publishes a President’s List at the end of each term recognizing students enrolled in curriculum programs who meet the following requirements:

  • In a given term, completed at least 12 hours of credit in courses numbered 100 through 299.
  • In a given term, achieved a 4.0 grade point average with no "Incomplete" or "Withdrawn" course status.

Dean’s List
To honor students for outstanding academic achievement, the college publishes a Dean’s List at the end of each term recognizing students enrolled in curriculum programs who meet the following requirements:

  • In a given term, completed at least 12 hours of credit in courses numbered 100 through 299.
  • In a given term, achieved a 3.50 or higher grade point average with no "Incomplete" or "Withdrawn" course status.