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Graduation Requirements


Graduation Requirements

It is the responsibility of each student to know and to meet the graduation requirements of the College in her/his particular program of study and to maintain the minimum required grade average. Counselors and faculty advisors are available to work with individual students, but the final responsibility for meeting graduation requirements lies with the student. The following list constitutes the minimum requirements for graduation:

1. Satisfy proficiency standards in English, math, and reading. Complete all course requirements as outlined by curriculums, achieve an overall grade point average of 2.00 or above with all passing grades.

2. Students who fail individual subjects or have incomplete grades must make up such deficiencies before being allowed to graduate.

3. Students graduating from a diploma or associate degree program are required to take either the ETS Proficiency Profile and/or the ACT Career Readiness Certification examinations prior to graduation. The results of this testing do not have any impact upon graduation and are utilized for the purposes of assessing the extent to which graduates have attained college-level general education competencies. The results of the assessment are utilized to determine the need for improvement strategies in curriculum coursework directly related to core general education competencies. The ACT Career Readiness Certification is an industry-recognized credential that is beneficial to students with job placement.

4. Applications for Degree Completion must be submitted to the Student Services Office at least one semester prior to the completion of course requirements. One semester prior to the semester that the student expects to complete diploma or degree requirements, the student is expected to have a preliminary record check by an academic advisor. It is the student’s responsibility to arrange for a final record check with the Director of Admissions.

5. Students are expected to be present for graduation practice and ceremony, if participating.

6. Students must fulfill all financial obligations to the College.


Graduation vs. Conferring of Degrees

To keep things simple, there are only a few tips to remember:

  • McDowell Tech confers degrees three times a year: December (Fall), May (Spring), and August (Summer). Degrees can only be conferred once a student applies to graduate. 
  • Students should apply to graduate one semester "prior" to graduation. Applications for Degree Completion can be picked up in Student Services or emailed. (
  • The graduation ceremony has been moved to May.  It is optional for all students. If you are taking summer classes and want to participate, as long as you are within 10 hours or one semester of completing degree, you may participate.
  • There are additional costs for the cap, gown, tassel, and honor chords. Information is listed in the application for degree completion.


For additional questions, please contact:

Julie Padgett

Director of Enrollment Management

828-652-0631 or
Graduation Payment Form: