Jul 19, 2024  
2024 - 2025 Catalog 
2024 - 2025 Catalog

Graduation Requirements

Students are responsible for fulfilling all graduation requirements and meeting all conditions listed below:

  • Fulfill all of the course and credit hour curricula requirements with a minimum of 25 percent of the credit hours earned in coursework taken at TCC;
  • Earn GPAs of at least 2.0 in all studies completed that are applicable toward graduation in the curricula;
  • Submit Applications for Graduation by the college’s published deadline. Applications are available online at www.tcc.edu/graduation;
  • Resolve all financial obligations to the college and return all learning resources and other college materials; and
  • Be certified by appropriate college officials for graduation.

Catalog Determination and Degree Designation

The catalog year used to determine graduation requirements is the one in effect at the time students are admitted to the curricula from which they plan to graduate, provided the catalog is not more than six years old (including the year in which students plan to graduate). Students may choose to graduate under the requirements listed in any subsequent catalog as long as it is not more than six years old (including the year in which they plan to graduate).

Only degree titles appear on diplomas when awards are conferred. Degree majors and specializations, if any, appear on the students’ permanent records (transcripts). Multiple specializations within a degree appear on transcripts, provided students meet the additional requirements and apply to receive multiple specializations.

In awarding students additional degrees, certificates or career studies certificates, the college may grant credit for all completed, applicable courses which are requirements of the additional degrees, certificates, or career studies certificates. However, the awards must differ from one another by at least 25% of the credits.

Student Outcomes Assessment Requirement

As a part of the college’s efforts to improve institutional effectiveness, students may be required to take tests or complete surveys designed to measure student learning in general education or selected majors prior to graduation. Work products submitted by students to fulfill course requirements may also be collected and evaluated. These assessment activities evaluate the college’s academic programs and general education requirements. Test results are confidential and aggregated across curricula. No minimum score or level of achievement is required for graduation.


The college holds commencement ceremonies for students who meet graduation requirements for degree and certificate programs. Attendance at a commencement ceremony is strongly encouraged.