Graduation Requirements and Process

  • Students MUST fulfill all of the requirements for their certificate, diploma, or associate degree, as well as follow the steps below for graduation:
    • Step 1: Students submit the graduation application in Student Self-Service for each degree, diploma, and/or certificate for which they wish to apply. Assistance is available at the Welcome Center.
    • Step 2: Students will then receive an automated email regarding receipt of their submitted graduation application.
    • Step 3: Students and the assigned faculty advisor will be notified via the Registrar's Office regarding their graduation requirements. Each will receive a copy of their evaluated graduation requirements as well as an appointment link to set up an appointment with their faculty advisor to discuss necessary requirements (if needed).
    • Step 4: Students follow academic plan as developed by department head or advisor. If a student chooses to not follow the academic plan (e.g., withdraw or take a different course), then it is his/her responsibility to meet with the department head or advisor to determine the impact on graduation.
    • Step 5: Students receive MyRCC email from the Office of Registration and Records notifying them of graduation ceremony details.
  • Students must complete all required courses within their curriculum as published in their Catalog of Record (see below).
  • Students must have an overall GPA of 2.0 and a 2.0 average in their major courses as defined by the Curriculum Standards.
  • Health program students must obtain a 2.5 GPA in all health program and health program-related courses with no grade less than a “C+.”

Graduation exercises are held at the end of the spring semester. The specific date is listed in the College Calendar. Students who will complete requirements during the following summer may participate in the May graduation. Caps and gowns, purchased through RCC’s Campus Store, are required for participation in the graduation ceremony. Credits transferred in for graduation must be received before the end of the Summer semester of the year in which the student would normally have graduated.

Students with questions regarding graduation should contact the Registrar’s Office at 336-633-0225.


Enrollment Requirements for Graduation

Students must complete 25 percent of their semester hour requirements at Randolph Community College in order to qualify for graduation.


Catalog of Record

In order for a student to graduate under the program requirements for graduation as designated in the catalog in effect at initial enrollment to the college (catalog of record), the student must be continuously enrolled until graduation. A student is continuously enrolled as long as he/she does not have a break in enrollment from the College for two consecutive semesters (i.e., fall and spring or spring and fall). A student is not required to be enrolled during the summer term to maintain continuous enrollment.

Any student who changes or adds a major may graduate under the requirements of his/her initial catalog of record or any subsequently adopted catalog of record. Changes in catalog of record must be approved by the Vice President for Instructional Services.

A student not continuously enrolled until graduation for any reason must reapply to the college and meet the program requirements in the catalog in effect at the time of re-enrollment or any subsequently adopted catalog of record.


Graduation Guarantee

As an expression of confidence in the quality of education at Randolph Community College, we guarantee entry-level technical skill competency for graduates who have obtained an Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.), a diploma, or a certificate under the umbrella of the A.A.S. degree from the College. We also guarantee transfer credit for successfully completed courses that are a part of the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement and Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement courses taken by graduates obtaining Associate of Arts (A.A.) and Associate of Science degrees (A.S.) as well as Associate of Arts (A.A.) and Associate of Science (A.S.) diplomas.

Effective Spring 2011, all students entering degree, diploma, or certificate programs at Randolph Community College are eligible for the Graduate Guarantee applicable to their degree program. 

Conditions which apply to this guarantee are:

  • The graduate must have earned either the Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS), diploma, or certificate under the umbrella of the AAS degree, or the Associate of Arts/ Associate of Science degree or diploma from Randolph Community College after January of 2011.
  • For the Skill Competency Guarantee under the AAS program (degree, diploma, or certificate)
    • The graduate must be employed full-time in an area directly related to the program area within 6 months of graduation.
    • Should the employer deem that RCC graduate lacking in entry level skills identified by RCC as program exit competencies, the employer must so certify in writing to the Vice President for Instructional Services within 90 days of the graduate’s first day on the job.
    • Upon direction by the Vice President for Instructional Services, a written educational plan for retraining will be developed by the employer, graduate, division chair, program head, and appropriate faculty member. 
    • The written educational plan will limit retraining to 12 tuition-free credit hours related to the identified skill deficiency. It will also be limited to those classes regularly scheduled during the period covered by the retraining program.
    • All training must be completed within a calendar year from the time the educational plan is approved.
    • Cost of books, insurance, uniforms, and other course-related expenses are the responsibility of the graduate.
    • The guarantee does not imply the graduate will pass any licensing or qualifying examination for a particular career.
  • Transfer Credit Guarantee (AA, AS, or diploma from AA or AS degree)
    • In order for the transfer credit guarantee to apply, the graduate must have transferred within 12 months of graduation to one of the North Carolina colleges and universities or one of the North Carolina independent colleges or universities that have written transfer agreements with Randolph Community College. 
    • Transfer credit will be awarded for those courses in which the graduate earned a grade of “C” or better and which were approved by the student’s advisor while the student was in the college transfer program. 
    • Randolph Community College will permit a graduate to take a tuition-free alternative, acceptable course to replace any course which is rejected for transfer credit under the provisions of a written transfer agreement. The course must be taken within a year of notification that an RCC course was declined for transfer credit.
    • Cost of books, insurance, and other course-related expenses are the responsibility of the graduate.
    • Activation of the Graduate Guarantee is initiated through the student’s written contact with the office of the Vice President for Instructional Services.