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Graduation refers to the conferring of an academic degree. At Harford Community College, you must meet specific requirements in order to graduate, and you must apply for graduation.
Commencement is an optional College-sponsored ceremony in which graduating students dress in regalia, process, and are formally conferred a degree or certification. In order to participate in the Commencement ceremony, you must meet all graduation requirements and reserve a spot in the ceremony. You are eligible to participate in the May 26, 2016 Commencement Ceremony if you are:
August 2016 graduates will participate in the December 2016 Commencement Ceremony.
To apply for graduation there are three steps that must be completed:
December 2015 graduates received prior notification regarding the status of their degree or certificate and have met all graduation requirements. May 26, 2016 candidates must have applied for graduation by the March 1, 2016, application deadline and received confirmation of their intent to graduate.
Diplomas are conferred in August, December, and May of each year. May graduation requirements must be met by May 31; December graduation requirements must be met by December 31; August graduation requirements must be met by August 31. Students will receive notification from the Registration & Records Office when diplomas/certificates for each graduation term are available for pick up. If the student has an outstanding financial obligation to the College, diplomas will not be issued until the obligation is resolved. The Registration and Records Office is authorized to issue letters of completion to students who need verification of program completion at other times. Formal commencement ceremonies are held once a year in May for all graduating classes within the academic year.
The College reserves the right to award all degrees or certificates earned.
The policies stated above are effective Fall 2013. For policies relative to prior years, please refer to the appropriate year's catalog.
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