Graduation Information

Formal graduation exercises are held once a year in May.

Graduation Requirements
All graduates must have a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.00 from all courses completed which are applicable toward the degree and/or certificate.

Students eligible for multiple awards at graduation will be awarded their degrees/certificates.

At least 25% of the credits must be acquired at the college awarding the degree/certificate.

Graduates are eligible for honors if their cumulative GPA is:

  • 3.200-3.499 Cum Laude.
  • 3.500-3.799 Magna Cum Laude.
  • 3.800-4.000 Summa Cum Laude.

To be eligible for graduation from Paul D. Camp Community College, it is the student’s responsibility to:

  • Contact your program advisor to review your program audit transcript and ensure that:
    • All program requirements are completed.
    • Your advisor has submitted any needed course substitutions.
    • You notify Admissions and Records of any course credits needed for graduation that you have not yet transferred to PDCCC.
  • Complete the Application for Graduation form by the deadline date in the College Calendar. The form is available in the Office of Admissions and Records.
  • Submit the completed Application for Graduation form to the Office of Admissions and Records by the designated deadline.

Upon receipt of the Application for Graduation form:

  1. The Office of Admissions and Records will process the student’s Audit Sheet.
  2. The Office of Admissions and Records will send the Audit Sheet to the student’s program advisor. The program advisor will complete any course substitution forms and forward all paperwork to the appropriate Dean for final approval of classes needed for graduation.
  3. The Dean will forward the approved Audit Sheet and any course substitution forms to the Office of Admissions and Records for processing.
  4. A copy of the approved Audit Sheet will be mailed to the graduation applicant.
  5. Graduation applicant must contact his or her program advisor for any questions regarding the Audit Sheet.

Assessment Requirements
As you may have noticed in your PDCCC catalog, the College has assessment requirements for graduation. In accordance with state requirements, the assessment activities required by the college are designed to help the college evaluate its programs so that continuous improvement can take place. You do not have to achieve a specific score as a requirement for graduation on any test although we want every graduate to do his or her best. The scores of individual graduates will not be compared with each other. However, your graduating class will be compared with other Virginia community colleges.

To be eligible for graduation from Paul D. Camp Community College, it is the student’s responsibility to participate in the following assessments:

  • All graduates (Degree and Certificate) need to complete the Graduate Survey using the College Web Site. Go to PDCCC and (1) Click on About PDCCC (located in the middle left side of the web page); (2) Click on Assessment & Research (located about ½ way down the web page); (3) Click on Graduate Survey Form (located 2/3 down the middle of the page); and (4) Complete the survey and then click on “DONE” at the end of the survey.
  • If you are getting a two year (AAS or AA&S) degree, you need to participate in the College’s STAGE Test, which will take approximately one hour. Go to PDCCC and (1) Click on About PDCCC (located in the middle left side of the web page); (2) Click on Assessment & Research (located about ½ way down the web page); (3) Click on STAGE Test (located just below all of the survey forms; and (4) Complete the STAGE Test and click on “DONE” at the end of the survey.
  • If you are getting a two year (AAS or AA&S) degree, you need to participate sometime between March and April in taking one of the six Virginia Community College (VCCS) core competency tests (written communication, oral communication, critical thinking, information literacy, quantitative reasoning, and scientific reasoning). This assessment will be done in the Placement Testing Lab at your campus. You will be receiving notification of the testing dates, times, and locations about two weeks prior to testing. Posters around campus will also show the testing times, dates, and location, as well as, the college’s hall monitors. The test will take one hour to complete. Once the specific dates, times, and locations have been posted, please contact Mary Ellen Gleason (569.6740, mgleason@pdc.edu) in the Placement Testing Lab on the Franklin Campus, Beverly Mason (925.6328, bmason@pdc.edu) in the Placement Testing Lab on the Suffolk Hobbs Campus or Jesse Hobbs (925.6340, jhobbs@pdc.edu) at the Smithfield Center to reserve your testing date, time, and location.

Graduation Rehearsal

  • Caps, gowns, tassels, and tickets may be picked up at Barnes and Noble Bookstore prior to the graduation rehearsal.
  • Graduation rehearsal will be the day before graduation in May.
  • During this rehearsal you will be given instructions on how to line up for graduation and ceremony expectations. It is recommended that all graduates attend. The rehearsal usually lasts less than an hour.
  • Due to limited handicapped seating, please inform us ahead of time of your request for seating arrangements.

Graduation Ceremony
Graduation will be at 7:00 p.m. on the designated date per the College Calendar at the Franklin Regional Workforce Development Center. All graduates need to report to room 204 and 206 by 6:00 p.m. Graduates and faculty will line up accordingly. Please note that mock degrees and certificates will be handed during graduation. Degrees and certificates will be available for pick up beginning June 30 in the Office of Admissions and Records.

Replacement Diplomas
A replacement diploma can be requested from the Office of Admissions and Records. The diploma will be ordered for you. The processing time to receive the order is 4 to 6 weeks.

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