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Graduation Requirements – Academics

It is the responsibility of each student to know and meet the graduation requirements of the College in their particular program of study and to maintain the minimum required grade average.

Success coaches and faculty advisors are available to work with individual students, but the final responsibility for meeting graduation requirements lies with the student.

The following list constitutes the minimum requirements for graduation:

  • Satisfy proficiency standards in English, math, and reading. Complete all course requirements as outlined by curriculums, and achieve an overall grade point average of 2.00 or above with all passing grades.
  • Students who fail individual subjects or have incomplete grades must make up such deficiencies before being allowed to graduate.
  • Graduation Applications must be submitted through your Self-Service portal prior to the completion of course requirements. One semester prior to the semester that the student expects to complete graduation requirements, the student is expected to have a preliminary record check by an academic advisor.Application Deadlines

    Spring Graduates: March 31
    Summer Graduates:
    March 31 (to be listed in the graduation ceremony program)
    July 15  (if you do not plan to participate in the graduation ceremony)
    Fall Graduates: November 30


    Students must fulfill all financial obligations to the College.

Graduation vs. Conferring Degrees
        • McDowell Tech confers degrees three times a year: December (Fall), May (Spring), and August (Summer). Degrees can only be conferred once a student applies to graduate.

        • The graduation ceremony is in May.  It is optional for all students. If you are taking summer classes and want to participate, as long as you are within 10 hours or one semester of completing your degree, you may participate.
Apply to Graduate

To apply to graduate follow these 5 easy steps:

  1. Sign in to your Self-Service portal    
  2. Click “Graduation Overview”
  3. Click “Apply”
  4. Fill out the required fields
  5. Click “Submit”

Click here for a helpful tutorial

Graduation Ceremony Information

Save the date: May 10, 2024

3:00 PM – College Transfer & Business Technologies

7:00 PM– Career & Technical Education, Adult High School, and High School Equivalency

For a list of specific programs and times click here…

Supplies: Cap, gown, tassel, honor society cord/sash, and invitations can be purchased in the bookstore during designated times outlined in the Graduation Memorandum. Honor cords will be distributed at the graduation ceremony.

The 2024 Graduate Memorandum will be available in April 2024

Graduation Safety and Security
Aprille Bailey

Aprille Bailey

Director of Student Services / Registrar

Wesley Kaylor

Wesley Kaylor

Assistant Registrar


Frequently Asked Questions
How do I make changes to my application?

Contact the Registrar’s Office at [email protected] or call 828-652-0629 or 828-652-0617.

How do I change my name on my diploma?

To change your name, submit a Name Change form along with proof of name change (e.g. Driver’s license, SS Card)

When will I receive my diploma?

Fall and summer term graduates will receive diplomas via post mail. Diplomas will be mailed approximately 5 business days after the term end date. Spring graduates will receive diplomas at the graduation ceremony or via postal service the week following the graduation ceremony if you choose not to attend.

When will my credentials be posted to my transcript?

Credentials will be posted to your official transcript within 5 business days after the end of the term.

Do I have to attend the graduation ceremony?

No, attendance is optional for all students.

When and where do I pick up my cap and gown?

Students may purchase caps and gowns in the bookstore during
designated times outlined in the graduation ceremony memorandum that will be sent to candidates for graduation in April.

The program I am applying to graduate from is not listed in Self-Service. What do I do?

Contact the Registrar’s Office at [email protected] or call 828-652-0629 or 828-652-0617.

Do I need to contact the Registrar’s Office if I change my mind about attending the graduation ceremony?

It is not required that you update the Registrar’s Office.

How many guests can I invite to the graduation ceremony?

McDowell Tech does not limit the number of guests each graduate invites.