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Applying for Graduation

What do I need to do to graduate?
The procedure for preparing to graduate is very simple. Just follow these four steps:

  1. Complete an application for graduation. Meet with your faculty advisor or an Enrollment Services Specialist in the Student Center by the appropriate application deadline date and complete the application for graduation. Applications are also available at any registration site.
     

    Graduation Application Deadline Dates:

    Fall Graduation: September 1st

    Spring Graduation: February 1st

    Summer Graduation: June 1st
     

  2. Pay a $45 graduation fee. If you have previously earned a degree or certificate, the charge will be $25. If you are graduating with more than one degree or certificate, the first degree or certificate will be $45 and any subsequent degree or certificate will be $25 each.

     

  3. Schedule an exit exam. You can make an appointment by visiting the Testing Center at any of the three College sites. Testing Center hours are as follows:
     

    • Hillsboro: Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; Friday, 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
       
    • Arnold: Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Friday, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.; Saturday,
      9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
       
    • Northwest: Monday & Wednesday, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.; Tuesday & Thursday,
      1:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
       

      • AA, AS, and AAT degree-seeking students will take the CAAP exam. Level II Nursing students also take the CAAP exam. This exam is approximately 2.5 hours. Please allow enough time when scheduling your exit exam.
         
      • AAS degree and certificate-seeking students will take the WorkKeys exam.This exam is approximately 3.5 hours. Please allow enough time when scheduling your exit exam.
         
      • The exit exam is ONLY given during the month of November for Fall graduation, April for Spring graduation, and the last two weeks of June and first two weeks of July for Summer graduation. If you fail to make an appointment or fail to take the exit exam, your graduation date will be delayed until the next semester. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS.

         

  4. Complete graduation requirements. Complete all graduation requirements listed on your eligibility letter that will be sent to you from the Office of Enrollment Services. If you do not successfully complete any required course, please contact the Office of Enrollment Services at (636) 481-3205 or (636) 797-3000, ext. 3205, to change your graduation date.
     

FAQs

How many credit hours do I have to earn from Jefferson College to complete my degree or certificate?
A student must complete a minimum of 62 semester hours of college credit for an associate's degree; 24 of those credit hours must be completed at Jefferson College. To complete the requirements for a Career and Technical Education certificate, a student must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours at Jefferson College.

If something happens and I can't graduate, do I have to pay again later?
No. However, upon request, we can refund you the money or credit your account for when you graduate.

What GPA do I have to have?
A cumulative grade point average of 2.00 ("C") or better is required for the AA, AS, and AAS degrees. A cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or better is required for the AAT degree. A cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or better of the specified curriculum is required for all certificates.

What happens if I fail the exit exam?
This is a no pass/no fail exam. The only way the exam affects you from graduating is if you do not take it.

When will I get my diploma?
Diplomas are mailed approximately three to four weeks after grades are finalized.

Do I have to participate in Commencement?
All Spring graduates must participate in Commencement. Fall graduates and Summer graduates may participate in Commencement by indicating so on their graduation applications. Summer graduates who wish to participate in Commencement must complete a Summer Contract. The 2015 Commencement ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 16, 2015, in the Field House on the Hillsboro campus.

I have taken the MoGEA test. Do I have to take an exit exam?
Yes. The MoGEA does not fulfill the exit exam requirement.

I am graduating with my AAS and AA. Can I just take one exit exam?
No, you must take the WorkKeys and CAAP exams to be eligible for both degrees.


  • After the semester ends in which you plan to graduate, the Office of Enrollment Services will review your graduation status and if all requirements have been met, your degree or certificate will be posted approximately three to four weeks after final grades are posted. Your transcript will be updated to show your degree or certificate, and your diploma will be mailed to the address you provided on your graduation application. You will be informed by letter if you have not met all graduation requirements. Please contact the Office of Enrollment Services to inform us when you plan to complete your graduation requirements.
     
  • If you have any credit from another college, you must have an official transcript sent to Jefferson College.
     
  • If you are planning on transferring to another institution upon graduation, you must fill out a transcript request form and check the box that says "mail when degree is posted."
     

For additional information, please contact the Office of Enrollment Services at (636) 481-3205 or (636) 797-3000, ext. 3205, or email at lfergus1@jeffco.edu. Office hours are Monday-Thursday,
8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.