Graduating class of 2021

Graduation Requirements

 Application for Graduation

The graduation application process commences in April of each year. Prospective graduates are required to submit a completed Application for Graduation form and pay the graduation fee by the deadline indicated on the academic calendar. This process must be completed whether or not the student intends to participate in the commencement ceremony. The form must be accompanied by a completed degree plan indicating that all academic requirements have been met and an unofficial copy of the student’s transcript. Applicants who do not qualify to graduate will be required to submit a new application form to be considered for the next year’s graduation.

 Early Bird Application for Graduation

Students who will not complete their degree requirements by the end of spring semester, but who expect to finish those requirements in the subsequent summer session, may apply for early bird graduation. A Graduation for Application form, available at the registrar’s office, or on the UCCI web site, must be completed and submitted in April, along with the requisite fee, to meet the early bird deadline published in the academic calendar. Students taking advantage of the early bird application will be assessed and advised, before the start of the summer session, of outstanding courses which they must take in order to fulfil the graduation requirements.

Role of Academic Advisors

Students should consult with their academic advisors at the latest, by the end of October of their final years. The results of the consultation should be used to inform their course choices for the spring semester and summer session.

 Bachelor’s Degree

A bachelor’s degree is conferred on students who satisfactorily complete the curriculum for a programme at that level. Students should be guided by their degree plan, or programme description in the catalogue, to confirm their eligibility for graduation.

 Academic Requirements for a Bachelor’s Degree

A bachelor's degree candidate must meet all of the fallowing criteria:

1.           a minimum of 128 credit hours and a cumulative GPA of 2.0;

2.           a minimum of 68 credit hours at the associate degree level (100 and 200 level courses) and 60 credits in years three and four;

3.            the last 32 credit hours must have been earned in residence at UCCI;

4.           written proof of approval by the division dean of course waivers and substitutions; and

5.           successful completion of all courses stipulated in the degree plan.


Academic Requirements for an Associate Degree

An associate degree candidate must meet all of the fallowing criteria:

1.           a minimum of 68 credit hours and a cumulative GPA of 2.0;

2.           the last 17 credit hours must have been earned in residence at UCCI;

3.           written proof of approval by the division dean of course waivers and substitutions; and

4.           successful completion of all courses stipulated in the degree plan.

 Academic Requirements for a Certificate Student

Certificate students who earn a minimum GPA of 3.0 graduate with merit.

 Graduating with Honours

Bachelor’s degree students may graduate with a pass or with one of three classes of honours degrees: cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude. To graduate cum laude, the student must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5; for magna cum laude, the requirement is at least 3.6; and it is at least 3.8 for summa cum laude. Associate degree students with a minimum GPA of 3.5 graduate with honours.