From the 2016-2017 Catalog
Housatonic Community College awards the Associate in Arts (AA) and Associate in Science (AS) degrees and certificates to qualified candidates as authorized by the General Assembly of the State of Connecticut.
Graduation Is Not Automatic:
It is recommended that students request a degree evaluation from their advisor when they complete 30 credits, or print one out themselves at any time from myCommNet. Students seeking a certificate should print their evaluation at the end of the first semester.
Students are evaluated according to the curriculum printed in the catalog when they first enrolled except:
- If you are not enrolled for 2 or more years you are a re-admit student and are evaluated under the re-admission catalog semester.
- If you change your degree program you are evaluated on the semester that your program was changed.
Graduation Application Forms are online or available at the Registrar’s Office (LH-B109). They must be completed and handed in to the Registrar’s Office to be placed on the potential graduate list. This should be completed at least by mid-term before the student plans to graduate.Students will be notified by the Registrar’s Office with the results of theirdegree evaluation. There is no fee for graduation.
Candidates for graduation in May, August, or December are encouraged to attend the commencement ceremony in May.
Students who wish to have credits from another institution transferred to Housatonic should visit the Admissions Office in room LH-A106 and arrange for an evaluation of transfer credits.
- Official enrollment in a certificate or degree program.
- Completion of a minimum number of semester hours for the certificate or degree program with an Academic Average of 2.00 GPA or above.
- Most degree programs require a minimum of fifteen 200-level credits. Consult individual program requirements.
- At least 25% of the graduation credit requirements must be granted by Housatonic Community College.
- Satisfactory completion of all courses required in the student’s program.
- Fulfillment of all financial obligations to the college.
Associate Degrees are conferred with Honors to students whose Cumulative GPA is 3.40 to 3.69; High Honors to those whose average is 3.70-3.89; Highest Honors to those whose average is 3.90-4.00. Graduation honors do not apply to certificate programs.
To qualify for academic honors, students must have earned a minimum of 36 credits at Housatonic Community College. These credits do not include those earned through examination or departmental evaluation for life experience.
All graduation honors are recorded on the student’s academic record.
Students who have completed all requirements and plan to graduate with a Degree or Certificate must submit a graduation application to the Registrar’s Office.
Application deadlines for potential Graduates:
- May Graduates: April 11
August Graduates: August 15
December Graduates: December 12
If you are a potential August graduate who will be completing degree or certificate requirements at the end of the summer semester and would like to participate in the May Commencement ceremony, the deadline to apply is April 11.
In order to participate in the May commencement ceremony August graduates must have no more than 2 courses remaining, which do not exceed 8 credits left to finish over the subsequent summer or fall semester.
If you have applied for May graduation and are expected to complete your program in May but do not pass 2 courses or fewer, you will still be invited to the Commencement ceremony provided you register for the course(s) you need in the subsequent summer or fall semester.
You can attend the ceremony but your actual degree or certificate conferral will occur when you successfully complete all courses needed for your program.
Earning Multiple Degrees:
Students may earn a second degree in a different curriculum at Housatonic Community College. This will require that a student complete all program requirements of the second degree with 25% of the credits earned in the new curriculum as new credit hours at the college through which the second degree is to be conferred. A student may earn two degrees simultaneously at HCC by fulfilling all requirements as stated above.
A student wishing to earn a certificate and degree in the same program must complete the requirements of the certificate program and apply for graduation prior to earning the degree.
Requests for additional degrees beyond the second require prior approval from the Academic Dean.
Completing HCC Degree Requirements at Other Colleges
Students enrolled in a degree program who wish to complete Housatonic Community College degree requirements at other colleges or universities should request approval prior to undertaking such work. This procedure is referred to as "reverse transfer." In the case of course credits taken at other Connecticut Community Colleges with equivalent common course numbers, this approval may be received through the registrar’s office with the approval of the department chairperson. When the course work is from another higher education institution the courses should be pre-approved, when possible, through the Office of the Academic Dean. The Academic Dean will provide approval based on the recommendation of the Department Chairperson for the program.