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Upon successful completion of 62 credit hours, documentation of high school graduation or GED, fulfillment of the General Education requirements, a minimum 2.0 grade point average at Cowley College and a cumulative 2.0 grade point average including transfer course work is required for all associate degrees and certificates. Official transcripts of high school graduation or GED and any other prior college work at other institutions must be on file in the Registrar's Office prior to issuance of a diploma.

Complete a Degree Application and submit it to the Registrar's Office.

The deadline for submitting a Degree Application is:
-July 1 for summer graduation
-October 1 for fall graduation
-March 1 for spring graduation

Students who are applying for the AA, AS or AGS must enroll and take the CAAP assessment; scores will be posted on student's transcript. Students who are applying for the AAS program must enroll and take the WorkKeys assessment or other nationally accepted assessment. If the assessment is not taken the college will not grant the degree and the degree will not be notated on the transcript. The student's records will be placed on “hold” and not released until the assessment has been completed.

If the student fails to file the Degree Application by the deadline they may appeal to graduate the following semester and request a waiver of current enrollment status.

Students will be awarded a diploma or certificate upon successful completion of the degree or certificate. The diploma or certificate will be issued at the end of each semester. Commencement will be held once a year in May. Those students who need to take nine (9) or less hours in the summer term may participate in the graduation program in May of that academic year.

The associate degree requires 15 credit hours earned in residence at Cowley College . CLEP, advanced standing, or other non-graded hours awarded by Cowley College will not count toward satisfying residence hours. Developmental courses can not be used to fulfill degree requirements.

If the student does not maintain continuous enrollment for the AA, AS or AGS degree the student will be required to follow the graduation requirements that are in effect at the time of re-enrollment.

When a student is enrolled in a AAS or Certificate program returns after three (3) or more years and/or degree requirements have been changed, the student will be required to follow the graduation requirements that are in effect at the time of re-enrollment.

If the vocational student has worked in the trade they can apply for Life Experience credit (up to 20 hours) or complete a competency examination (up to 20 hours) for vocational classes and pay the appropriate tuition and fees.

If the student has not worked in the trade and has the background knowledge they may request a competency examination and pay the appropriate tuition and fees.

The testing fee will be $50 per test and subject to change.

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