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Graduation Information

Guidelines

Students maintaining continuous enrollment at Northern Marianas College may graduate according to the requirements of the catalog in effect at the time of initial enrollment or according to the requirements of any single catalog in effect during subsequent terms of continuous enrollment.

A semester in which a student earns course credit will be counted toward continuous enrollment. Non-credit courses, audited courses, failed courses, or courses from which the student withdraws do not count toward the determination of continuous enrollment for catalog purposes.

Students who do not enroll for two consecutive semesters are no longer considered continuously enrolled and must meet requirements of the catalog in effect at the time they return or of any single catalog in effect during subsequent terms of continuous enrollment thereafter.

To meet the requirements of continuous enrollment, students are not obligated to enroll and earn course credit during summer terms, but summer enrollment may be used to maintain continuous enrollment status. Students admitted or who return after an absence during a summer term must follow the requirements of the catalog in effect the following semester or of any single catalog in effect during the subsequent terms of continuous enrollment.

General Graduation Requirements

In addition to the general degree requirements listed immediately below, all students seeking an associate degree must meet the graduation requirements specific to their degree program. Credit hours and course requirements vary among the degree and certificate programs offered at NMC. Degree programs include course work in the following areas: core course requirements, General Education requirements, program requirements, and electives.

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required in order to be considered for graduation. Courses below the 100 levels will not meet graduation requirements. Non-payment of financial obligations may cause diplomas and/or certificates to be withheld.
  • Minimum Grade Point Average: Associate degree candidates must have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Required Core Courses: Degree candidates must complete the following core courses with a “C” grade or better:
    • English Composition (EN 101)
    • Mathematics (MA 132 or higher)
    • Fundamentals of Speech Communication (CO 210)
    • Health (HE 150 or higher)
    • Current Issues in the CNMI (SO 297)
  • Filing for Graduation: Candidates for certificates or degrees must file a Petition to Graduate with the Office of Admissions and Records. The deadline to petition to graduate and to participate in the Spring Commencement Exercises is the last workday of the previous December. The deadline to petition to graduate and to participate in the Fall Commencement Exercises, if any, is the last workday of the previous May.
  • Graduation Clearance Sheet: Candidates for certificates or degrees must obtain the NMC Clearance Sheet from the Office of Admissions and Records. Candidates must obtain clearances from the Library, Bookstore, and Finance Office relative to the status of their accounts during the term when all the academic requirements for certificates and degrees are to be completed.

Graduation Honors and Awards

Honors are awarded to graduating students in a degree program with cumulative GPA as follows:

Cum Laude 3.50 - 3.74
Magna Cum Laude 3.75 - 3.95
Summa Cum Laude 3.96 - 4.00

A student’s GPA at NMC will, at any point in time, be based solely on courses taken at NMC. The graduating student in a degree program with the highest cumulative GPA will receive an Academic Achievement Award.

The Student Leadership Award is given to a graduating student in a degree program who has demonstrated leadership on campus and has manifested the potential to become a leader in the local community and in the CNMI. To be eligible for the Student Leadership Award, a student must have earned at NMC at least half the total number of credit hours required for graduation. Graduating students submit the names of proposed candidates for the Student Leadership Award. A committee chaired by the Dean of Student Services selects the recipient of the Student Leadership Award.

Commencement Exercises

After applying and being accepted as candidates for graduation, it is expected that students will attend the Commencement Exercises. Should candidates be unable to participate in the Commencement Exercises for reasons beyond their control, they may indicate on the Petition to Graduate their request to receive their certificates or diplomas in absentia.

Please note that after application and acceptance as a candidate for graduation, the notation of certificate or degree will appear on the transcript for that term when all requirements have been met.

Diplomas, however, are distributed only at the time of the Commencement Exercises. Only those candidates who have completed all applicable requirements are permitted to participate in the Commencement Exercises.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Director of Counseling Programs and Services at (670) 237-6777.

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