Graduation Requirements Policy
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Graduation Requirements Policy


This policy is designed to establish the requirements for completion of degree and certificate programs.


The following term is used in this document with specific meanings, as defined in this section.

  1. The term “residency” refers to the amount of a degree program that must be completed at the home college in order to be considered a student at the College.
  2. A matriculated student is one who has been accepted by the college and is enrolled in a degree or certificate program.
  3. A new student college seminar course is designed to assist new students in their transition to Jefferson Community College. This course is approved by the Curriculum Committee of the Senate.


  1. Degree and Certificate Requirements: A degree or certificate candidate must fulfill the following requirements:
    1. Successfully complete all course requirements as listed under the program for which the candidate is matriculated.
    2. Successfully complete minimum credit requirements.
    3. Satisfy the College residency requirement.
    4. Attain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 upon completion of the matriculated candidate’s program.
    5. Receive recommendation for graduation by the faculty of Jefferson Community College.
    6. Students who matriculate into their first degree or certificate program at the College having earned less than 24 credits of coursework as a matriculated student at another college or university by means of transcript evaluation must complete the College’s new student college seminar course.
  2. Second Degree Requirements:
    1. Fulfill all specific course and curriculum requirements for each additional program.
    2. Successfully complete a minimum of 15 credit hours in residence for each additional degree or certificate.
    3. Attain a 2.00 cumulative average.
    4. In the event a student has interrupted enrollment for one or more semesters and wishes to return to full-time study in an additional degree program, the student must complete an application through the Admissions Office in addition to all of the above.

  3. Petitions to waive or substitute individual courses are approved by the Office of Academic Affairs.

  4. The Vice President for Academic Affairs is responsible for overseeing this policy.


Revised:  Res. 116-22, March 2022 (effective Fall 2022)