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Graduation Requirements

Graduation
Requirements

Associate Degree

As a candidate for graduation with the degree of Associate in Arts (AA), Associate in Science (AS), or Associate in Applied Science (AAS), you must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. The successful completion of all course requirements as specified in your program of study. Below is a listing of suggested general education and program specific minimum credit requirements in each category.
    CategoryAAASAAS
    English/Communication666
    Math/Science8124
    Political Science333
    Social Science663
    Humanities660
    Wellness/Physical Education222
    Related Studies
    Required and/or elective courses161212
    Career or discipline Studies151532
    Minimum total626262
  2. A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 for all courses attempted;
  3. Enrollment at Kalamazoo Valley Community College for a minimum of 15 semester hours of credit;
  4. A satisfactory record of conduct;
  5. The fulfillment of all financial obligations to the College;
  6. The fulfillment of any special requirements which may have been required at the time of admission to the College, admission to a program, or establishment of a program plan.

Certificate

As a candidate for a certificate, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. The successful completion of all course requirements as specified in the program of study. The program requirements must meet the minimum number of 30 credit hours;
  2. And numbers 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 as listed above (see AssociateDegrees).

Certificate of Achievement

As a candidate for a certificate of achievement, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. The successful completion of all course requirements as specified in the program of study;
  2. And numbers 2, 4, 5, and 6 as listed above (see Associate Degrees).

General Education Outcomes

Kalamazoo Valley Community College provides a high-quality education for its students and ensures that graduates have the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to function effectively in their personal and professional lives. Graduation competencies are the core knowledge, fundamental skills and attributes that the college has identified as necessary to being an educated person and a life-long learner. A quality educational experience at Kalamazoo Valley prepares an individual to:

  1. Achieve a level of competency appropriate for a one-year certificate or two-year associate degree;
  2. Prepare for advanced work and life-long learning;
  3. Effectively enter the workforce and be a well-educated member of the community;
  4. Transfer to a baccalaureate degree-granting institution.

The competencies that comprise a quality education provided by Kalamazoo Valley are the following:

  • Effective written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to think critically and to solve problems;
  • Ability to work in groups;
  • Information, numeric, and technology literacy;
  • A highly developed sense of ethics;
  • Respect for diversity;
  • A global perspective;
  • Strong personal-management skills.

Each course is designed to address one or more of these competencies. As students progress through their program of study, the competencies are collectively developed through a variety of courses and experiences.

Procedure for Graduation

  1. You can print your personalized CAPP (Curriculum Advising and Program Plan) compliance that will list the courses required for your curriculum, what courses have been used toward your degree, the semester completed and the grade you received.
  2. If, after printing your personalized CAPP compliance, you find discrepancies, call the Student Service Center to make an appointment with a counselor at 269.488.4100 (TTC) or 269.373.7834 (ACC) before filing your Petition for Graduation.
  3. To be eligible for graduation, you must meet all of the prescribed course and credit hour requirements for your specific curriculum. Courses below a 100 level do not apply toward degree requirements.
  4. You must complete and submit your Petition for Graduation online before you can graduate.

Requirements for graduation with an associate degree, certificate or certificate of achievement may be completed during any enrollment period. Commencement ceremonies are held at the end of the fall and winter semesters. August graduates are invited to attend the fall commencement exercise.

For more detailed graduation procedures and commencement information, go to the Kalamazoo Valley Community College website at www.kvcc.edu.

Honors

You will be granted your college degree or certificate “With Honors” if you have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher for all academic work attempted. Students graduating with honors receive special recognition in the published commencement program.

Assurance of Competence and Quality

Kalamazoo Valley Community College seeks to educate and graduate students of high quality, fully competent to perform the skills specified in their program of study, and in the general education requirements of the college’s degree and certificate programs. Kalamazoo Valley offers assurance to its students, their prospective employers, and transferring institutions that students who receive degrees or certificates with a 2.0 average or better are fully capable of competent performance.

Subject to the conditions of the Assurance of Competence and Quality, students obtaining employment within one year of earning a degree or certificate in an occupational program with a 2.0 average or higher can be expected to perform competently in the area in which they were instructed. Any employer who views a Kalamazoo Valley graduate as not possessing appropriate entry-level skills, and can specify such deficiencies, may request remediation. Upon being granted such a request, the student will be permitted to retake the specified course or courses without payment of tuition or materials fee.

Subject to the conditions of the Assurance of Competence and Quality, students transferring to a baccalaureate degree-granting institution within one year of earning an associate degree in an approved transfer program with a 2.0 average or higher shall possess the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully complete junior-year courses in the same field of study. The college will, upon the recommendation from the institution to which the student transferred and the approval from the appropriate college official, permit the student to retake a specified course or courses in the areas deemed deficient without payment of tuition or materials fee.

Career Academy Certification

Students in career academies must meet the following requirements:

  1. Successfully complete the program as specified in the course description;
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in the skills/competencies required for certification;
  3. A satisfactory record of conduct;
  4. The fulfillment of all financial obligations to the College;
  5. The fulfillment of any special requirements which may have been required at the time of admission to the College, admission to a program, or establishment of a program plan.

For more detailed Career Academy information, visit the Groves website at www.kvccgrovescenter.com.