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Graduation

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

  • earn the total required credits and successfully complete courses listed within the program requirements guide.
  • earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in 1000 level courses or above;
  • complete and submit the Request for Graduation Award application form online or in the Student Records Office;
  • 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 may 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 Colleges and Universities institution or the University of Minnesota. One third of the credits required for a diploma, certificate, or the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) 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.

You must declare which catalog year requirements you will follow on the Graduation Application form. 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 2013
  • Spring Semester 2014
  • Summer Term 2014.

Complete Graduation Application Form
If you plan to graduate, you need to submit the online Graduation Application form or stop by the Student Records Office to complete the form, whether or not you plan to attend the Graduation Ceremony.

Order your Graduation Cap and Gown
Your Student Senate has paid for the caps and gowns that you may keep after the ceremony. You may order your cap and gown at our annual Graduate Salute.
View Graduate Salute information​

Additional Services for Graduating Students

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

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

Career/Job Search Assistance 
Need help with your resume, cover letter, interview skills or job search? Visit the Career and Placement Center, Room 1250. Check out the Career and Placement Center information. Your faculty advisor is also a great resource!​