Graduation
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Graduation

To be eligible to graduate from Saint Paul College, you must:

  1. earn the total required credits and successfully complete courses listed within the program requirements guide.
  2. earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in 1000 level courses or above;
  3. complete and submit the Request for Graduation Award application form online or in the Student Records Office;
  4. fulfill all financial obligations to the College.

A graduation commencement ceremony is held in May for students completing their programs during the academic year. Each year, as the date of graduation commencement ceremony approaches, the College posts all details on the Graduation Commencement Ceremony Web page.

Degrees/diplomas/certificates are conferred by the College President to the graduates of Saint Paul College - A Community & Technical College under the authority of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees.

Degree Residency
You must earn a minimum of 20 credits for all associate degrees at Saint Paul College. The residency requirement shall be reduced to 12 college-level credits for students transferring with at least 12 college-level credits from another Minnesota State institution or the University of Minnesota. One third of the credits required for a diploma or certificate must be earned at the College.

Time Limits for Graduation Requirements
You will have five years to complete your work under the terms of the catalog in effect at the time of your first enrollment. You must have been in attendance during the catalog year selected. If you take more than five years to complete your graduation requirements, you may follow any catalog in effect during the five-year period preceding the date of graduation.

If you have a break in attendance for one year or longer, you are encouraged to discuss your educational plans with the Registrar for a determination on which catalogs you can apply under and would benefit you the most.

To ensure you graduate with up-to-date skills, technical credits are valid for five years or have a five-year “lifespan.” This includes transfer technical credits which are used for specific technical program requirements. Technical courses that are beyond the five-year limit may be accepted, depending upon currency, relevancy, and your current work experience.

Required Exit Loan Counseling 
If you received a Student Loan during your enrollment at Saint Paul College, you will be required to do an "exit loan" on-line counseling session. You will receive more information from the Financial Aid Office or stop by the Financial Aid Office for details.

Diploma/Award Document 
Your formal award document will be mailed approximately 8 to 10 weeks after the end of the semester.​

Appeals for Exceptions to College Policy

Exceptions to College policy will be handled through an appeals process.
You must submit the appeal in writing stating the exact nature of the appeal and it should include appropriate documentation. Completed forms should be submitted to the Student Records Office.

Graduation Ceremony Participation

If you plan to participate in the commencement ceremony, you must meet the following criteria:

Eligible Students
Eligible students are those who will complete their program requirements the end of

  • Fall Semester 2016
  • Spring Semester 2017
  • Summer Semester 2017

Complete Graduation Application Form
If you have completed your program requirements, you must submit the  online Graduation Application, regardless of whether you plan to participate in the graduation ceremony.

Graduate Salute - Order your Graduation Cap and Gown
You may order your cap and gown at the upcoming Graduate Salute (PDF).   Your Student Senate has paid for the caps and gowns that you may keep after the commencement ceremony.

Where:     Corridor by Student Life Office, Room 1265

When:       Wednesday, April 26, 2017
                  Thursday, April 27, 2017
                  
Monday, May 1, 2017
 
Time:        Any time between the hours of
                 8:00am – 1:00pm or 2:00pm – 6:30pm
 
Things to do:
  • Order your Cap & Gown - to order the right size gown, we will need your height
  • Verify your name for the Graduation Ceremony
  • Receive detailed information about the Graduation Ceremony
  • Verify your records with the Financial Aid Office
  • Receive information on resume writing and job seeking resources from the Career Services Office.
  • Purchase Graduation announcements and thankyou cards in the College Bookstore

Additional Services for Graduating Students

Transcripts
Unofficial Transcripts (student copy) are available online when you log into your eServices Account. When you print it from your account, it is an "unofficial" transcript.

Official transcripts (minimum $5.00 fee) can be ordered through the College Web site via the Student Clearinghouse, and sent directly to a third party (employer or transfer college) or you may pick it up from Enrollment Services Office. The transcript, if picked up, is considered official if it is given to you in a sealed envelope and remains sealed until delivered to a third party.

Career/Job Search Assistance 
Need help with your resume, cover letter, interview skills or job search? Visit the Career Services Office.