General Graduation Requirements for All Degrees and Certificates
In order to receive a degree or certificate from Whatcom Community College, students must fulfill the following general requirements:
- Complete, with a passing grade, the minimum number of credits required. All courses must be at the college level.
- Earn a minimum of 25 college level credits (100 or above) at WCC. Exception: Earn a minimum of 15 college level credits (100 or above) at WCC to complete the AAS-DTA, ALS or AS-T.
- Submit an application for graduation by the priority deadline published in the registration calendar on the website. Late applications will be accepted but might not be processed in time for last quarter advising.
- Unless otherwise specified by the program, obtain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all coursework applied to the degree or certificate.*
- Related instruction/general education requirements (except for required prerequisites) in professional/technical degrees and certificates are automatically satisfied for students who have completed an associate transfer degree from an accredited institution within the state of Washington or a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution within the United States. Other degrees will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Students must meet degree/certificate requirements according to the College’s catalog agreement.
*Note: many receiving institutions have higher grade point average requirements for either admission to the institution or to a particular major program. Students should check the requirements at the desired receiving institutions to make sure they are meeting minimum eligibility requirements to apply and/or transfer.
Students have the following responsibilities in successfully completing a degree or certificate:
- Knowledge and understanding of College policies;
- Ensuring that all necessary course requirements have been met;
- Providing official transcripts of course work to be transferred in from other accredited institutions;
- Providing appropriate course descriptions and/or syllabi for transferred courses from the year the courses were taken, if requested by the evaluations department.
Graduation with Honors
Students graduate with honors when they completed a degree program and have a cumulative college-level grade point average of 3.50 in which at least 65 of the credits have grade points assigned.
Students who transferred to WCC and have completed less than 45 WCC graded college-level credits or who have a WCC cumulative college-level GPA below 3.50 will have their transfer credits included in the calculation for honors status.
Students who are in the honors program should see Honors Program under academic standards for additional graduation requirements.
Waiving a Graduation Requirement
Students can petition the academic standards committee to waive a graduation requirement. Documentation must be provided with the petition and not all petitions are eligible for review. Students are encouraged to seek advice from the graduation department or an academic advisor when considering this option. Petitions are available in and submitted to the admissions and registration office.
Commencement activities are held in the spring for all degree and certificate graduates of the preceding summer, fall and winter quarters, as well as for applicants of the current spring quarter. Students planning to graduate in the subsequent summer quarter may also participate provided that an application for summer quarter graduation is submitted by the deadline stated on the College website.