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College Catalog: Graduation Requirements And Procedures

Catalog of Record

The curricular requirements stated in the Catalog in effect when a student enters the College, or any in a subsequent Catalog chosen, must be met. The student must follow program or major requirements in effect at the time a program or major is declared or at the time a program or major is changed. If a student’s progress toward a degree is interrupted for four or more consecutive semesters (excluding Summer), the curricular requirements of the Catalog in effect when re-entering the College must be followed.


Graduation Application

Application for graduation must be completed and submitted to the Office of Admissions and Records. PDCCC certifies graduates three times a year in May, August, and December. The College holds one Commencement Ceremony in May. Graduation application priority deadlines are published in the Academic Calendar.


Associate Degree Requirements

To be eligible for graduation with an Associate Degree from the College, a student must have fulfilled all of the course and credit-hour requirements of the curriculum as specified in the College Catalog with at least 25% of credit semester hours acquired at PDCCC; been recommended for graduation by the appropriate Dean responsible for his/her curriculum; earned a grade point average of at least 2.000 in all studies attempted which are applicable toward graduation in his/her curriculum; filed an application for graduation with the Office of Admissions and Records; and resolved all financial obligations to the College and returned all library and other college materials.


Certificate Requirements

To be eligible for graduation with a Certificate from the College, a student must have fulfilled all of the course and credit-hour requirements of the curriculum as specified in the college catalog with 25 percent (25%) of the credits required in regular course work at the College; been recommended for graduation by the appropriate Division Dean responsible for his/her curriculum; earned a grade-point average of at least 2.000 in all studies attempted which are applicable toward graduation in his/ her curriculum; filed an application for graduation in the Office of Admissions and Records; and resolved all financial obligations to the College and returned all library and other college materials.


Second Degree or Certificate (other than Career Studies Certificate)

Students wishing to earn an additional certificate or degree may do so upon completion of the appropriate program requirements. In awarding students an additional certificate or degree, the College may grant credit for all previously completed applicable courses which also meet the requirements of the additional award. The following guidelines apply to individuals seeking additional degrees or certificates:

  • Students working to receive a second certificate or degree may meet requirements for them simultaneously or successively.
  • Requirements for the second certificate or degree will be those listed in the Catalog current at the time intent to pursue the second award is formally declared.
  • The awards must differ from one another by at least 25% of the credits.

Assessment
Assessment supports the college’s commitment to student learning and is essential in evaluating the effectiveness of academic programs. All students graduating from PDCCC are required to take part in one or more assessment activities designed to demonstrate and measure student learning and achievement. Specific programs may have additional assessments, including exams or portfolio requirements. The completion of these activities is a requirement for graduation.

Degree-seeking students are required to participate in general education or core competency testing/assessments. Core competencies are the learning outcomes derived from PDCCC’s general education program and are the skills, knowledge, and abilities that all degree-seeking students are expected to have acquired upon degree completion. The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) defines its general education program as “… that portion of the collegiate experience that addresses the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values characteristic of educated persons. It is unbounded by disciplines and honors the connections among bodies of knowledge. VCCS degree graduates will demonstrate competency in the following general education areas: communication, critical thinking, cultural and social understanding, information literacy, personal development, quantitative reasoning, and scientific reasoning.”

Students will be made notified of all required assessments. The results of these assessments will not be recorded on the student’s academic record and assessment scores will not affect students’ graduation status.


Graduation Honors

A student who has attended Paul D. Camp Community College and completed a degree or certificate program (excluding career studies certificates) may be eligible for graduation honors. Appropriate honors, based upon scholastic achievement, are recorded on the student’s permanent record as follows:

Cumulative Grade-Point Average Honor
3.200 Cum laude (with honor)
3.500 Magna cum laude (with higher honor)
3.800 Summa cum laude (with highest honor)

Transcript Requests

Students may request an official transcript from PDCCC online. Online requests for official transcripts are made through our partnership with Parchment. With an online request, students can select to have an official transcript sent electronically or through the U.S. Postal Service. In Person pick up is not an option, unless you are sending transcripts to the Virginia Department of Education which does not currently accept PDCCC official transcripts mailed by Parchment.

Fees are as follows:

  • $3.00 for each transcript sent electronically
  • $5.00 for each transcript sent via the U.S. Postal Service
  • (Please allow 7-10 business days for mailed transcripts)

Overnight service is also available with an additional cost. However, this option may not be available to students enrolled at the College ten or more years ago or for requests received when the College is closed (e.g., weekends, official college breaks, closures due to inclement weather, etc.). See Parchment’s web site for overnight service details.

Students who do not already have a Parchment account can create one:

  • Go to www.parchment.com. Click the “Create Account” button
  • Students who already have a Parchment account:
  • Go to www.parchment.com. Click “Sign In” in the header. Sign in to your existing account using your e-mail address and password.

Remember, not all institutions accept electronic transcripts. Be sure to check with your institution to ensure acceptance of electronic transcripts. Parchment should be contacted for questions about registration, the ordering process or user issues with www.parchment.com. Inquiries concerning a transcript that cannot be released because of a hold should be made to the college office that placed the hold.