Graduation

You are responsible for fulfilling the requirements for graduation and should work with your advisor to ensure that you have or will complete the degree and/or certificate requirements. 

As a candidate for graduation, you are required to complete and return an Application for Certificate/Degree Completion. You are encouraged to submit your application at least two terms prior to the term in which you expect to complete your program requirements (refer to the academic calendar in the catalog for specific deadline dates). This allows your academic advisor to assist you in selecting coursework necessary to meet
your graduation requirements. Completed applications may be submitted to any BMCC location.
 
Upon the college’s receipt and processing of your application form, the registrar will notify you and your advisor mail and or email that your official degree audit has been completed. Should there be any discrepancy, you and your advisor will be asked to notify the registrar as soon as possible. A graduation file will be established for you at that time. Your degree audit becomes your official degree check-off for degree completion purposes. 
 
If you do not complete and return the Application for Certificate/Degree completion and the registrar finds that you have completed all coursework necessary to complete your indicated program of study, the college will grant degrees and/or certificates upon completion of those requirements. Opting out of an institutional award requires completing the appropriate request through the registrar’s office. Multiple credentials may be institutionally awarded within your program of study.
 
Degrees and certificates become official when recorded on your transcript. Certificates and diplomas will be mailed to the address listed on your application within two months after final grades have been posted and reviewed.
 
If you do not complete your degree requirements in the term and year identified on your application, the registrar will identify and notify you and your advisor of your final graduation requirements. Your application be considered active for a period of one (1) year from your intended date of graduation.
 
If you have not graduated after one year, your application will be considered inactive and you will be required to reapply for graduation and pay any fees in effect at the time of reapplication.
 
If you graduate with more than one degree, you must complete a separate application form for each degree you plan to complete. 
 
Computer Literacy Requirement
All students completing a one-year certificate or two-year degree program are required to meet our computer literacy requirement prior to graduating. There are two options to meet this requirement. They are:
  • Take and pass the IC3 Exam: score an average of 75% or higher on IC3 exams OR
  • Take and pass one of the following courses with a grade of “C” or better: AGR111, CS120, BA131, or ED235.
  • Students completing the IC3 Exam with a score of 85% or higher are eligible to request the Credit-By-Exam (CBE) option. Students must complete and return the CBE form along with payment to the Pendleton Service Center.
  • Students with an average score of 85-90 percent will receive a grade of B and those with an average score of 91-100 percent will receive a grade of A. CBE credits are reflected on BMCC’s transcripts with the exam identifier of (CH) next to the course title. Example: CS120 (CH)
Additional Guidelines:
BMCC reviews and updates degree requirements annually. Please note that some of the requirements for graduation may change if your studies are interrupted by one or more years and/or if a course of study extends beyond five years. Depending upon the college certificate or degree, you may be asked to complete updated requirements.
 
The following table outlines which catalog you may use in determining degree requirements for graduation.
Situation
Catalog of year started
Catalog of year re-started Catalog of year Graduating

1. Attend concurrently for less than five academic years;
AND
2. Break of enrollment of no more than one academic year.

X  X X
Re-attend after a break of enrollment of more than 1 academic year.   X X

1. Attend concurrently for no longer than five academic years;
AND
2. Have no breaks of enrollment of more than one academic year.

X   X
1. Attend for longer than five academic years;
AND
2. Has break of enrollment of more than one academic year
  X X
 
Honors at Graduation
Students with exceptional academic qualifications may participate in our commencement ceremony with honors or high honors designation. This designation appears on thecommencement program and applies to all of BMCC’s degrees and certificates for academic, career, and technical programs. To qualify, you must have attended at least two terms and have earned at least 24 credit hours at BMCC (may be less for programs of less than two years in length). Honors designations are:
  • Honors: cumulative GPA of 3.40 to 3.84
  • High Honors: cumulative GPA of 3.85 or higher
Only the courses used to meet your certificate or degree requirements will be counted in the cumulative GPA calculation which may include courses accepted for transfer from other colleges. The calculation is performed on all courses completed the term prior to your stated term of degree completion. 
 
Example 1: If the anticipated term of graduation is spring term 2014, your GPA will be calculated at the end of winter term 2014. If you meet one of the above-referenced GPA requirements, you qualify to walk in the spring commencement ceremony with an honors designation.
 
Example 2: If the anticipated term of graduation is summer term 2014, you will not qualify to walk in the 2014 commencement ceremony with an honors designation as spring grades will not have been posted prior to the commencement ceremony.
 
Example 3: If you plan to complete your requirements no later than summer 2014, you may walk in the spring 2013 commencement ceremony but will not qualify to walk with either honors designation. If, however, you believe that you may qualify for honors designation by the end of summer 2014, you may want to consider walking in the 2015 commencement ceremony.
 
Commencement Ceremony
BMCC’s commencement ceremony is held each year in June on the last day of spring term. Our spring 2014 ceremony will be held on Friday, June 13, 2014 at 7 p.m. on the Pendleton campus. Students who have completed or will complete all of their certificate and/or degree requirements during or prior to summer 2014 are eligible to participate in our 2013 ceremony. Those completing requirements as of fall 2014 or later are invited to
participate in the following year’s ceremony.
 
Final Honors Distinction on Official Transcript
Students with exceptional academic qualifications may qualify to complete their designated program of study with honors or high honors designation. This designation appears on your official grade transcript and may apply to all earned degrees and certificates for academic, career, and technical programs.
 
To qualify, you must have attended at least two terms and have earned at least 24 credit hours at BMCC (may be less for programs of less than two years in length). Honors designations are:
  • Honors: cumulative GPA of 3.40 to 3.84
  • High Honors: cumulative GPA of 3.85 or higher
Only those courses used to meet your certificate or degree requirements will be counted in the cumulative GPA calculation which may include courses accepted for transfer from other regionally accredited colleges. The calculation is performed on all courses completed through your final term of program completion.
 
Suspended Programs of Study
If BMCC suspends your program of study and if you are eligible for “teach-out” assistance as determined by the college, BMCC will work with you to help you complete the program within three years. Methods and types of assistance will vary by individual circumstance and will be available only to eligible students. Following the three-year period, if you have not satisfied your degree requirements for that certificate/degree but still wish to obtain a certificate/degree, you must either apply your earned credits to a different BMCC program or transfer them to another institution. Contact the registrar to determine eligibility.
 
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)