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Graduation Requirements

Policy Number: 1016

To be candidates for graduation and to have their names on the commencement program, each student must file an application for graduation with the Records Office and pay the graduation fee in the Business Office. Candidates must enroll in a sufficient number of hours to total 64 by the end of the calendar year in which they apply. Graduation dates posted on the academic record correspond to the semester of completed coursework. Candidates for graduation must have a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA for graduation and must have earned at least 15 of their last 24 semester hours from Hutchinson Community College.

HCC posts degrees at three different periods during the school year; the date of Spring commencement, August 15 and December 15. Students' diplomas will bear the same dates as the completed transcripts although the college will hold only one commencement exercise per year.  Students who have applied for graduation must complete the graduation requirements within the same calendar year or must reapply for graduation.

Although faculty advisers, department chairpersons and the Records Office staff assist in checking requirements, students are ultimately responsible for meeting graduation requirements.

Students shall follow the guidelines of the catalog under which they begin, provided they remain continuously enrolled at HCC from the semester of entry to the semester of graduation. Continuous enrollment is defined as the successful completion of at least one class during each semester (excluding summer sessions). Students who are not continuously enrolled from the date of entry to the date of graduation shall follow the guidelines of the catalog under which they reenter.

Students entering programs with selective admission requirements are required to meet current catalog admission standards and may have different graduation dates based upon state testing requirements.

Hutchinson Community College Graduate Profile

HCC graduates will be able to:

1. Demonstrate the ability to think critically and make reasonable judgments by acquiring, analyzing, combining and evaluating quantitative and non-quantitative information.

2. Demonstrate the skills necessary to access and manipulate information through various technological and traditional methods.

3. Demonstrate effective communication through writing and speaking.

4. Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills.

General Education Philosophy

The general education requirements at HCC are not just a group of courses. These requirements represent the philosophy of education to provide an adequate body of common knowledge necessary to assure a broadly based liberal education. These courses strive to provide proficiency in writing, reading, speaking and listening; they teach mathematical structures which acquaint students with critical thinking skills; they encourage an understanding of science and scientific inquiry; and they provide familiarity with various branches of human understanding.

Each degree program at HCC contains an integrated core of general education requirements. This emphasis helps students understand they are not only trained but also educated and that they are not only individuals but also members of the greater human community. It is a belief that these requirements can enrich the lives of students, broaden their perspectives, and make learning a lifelong enterprise.

Requirements for the Associate in Arts Degree and Associate in Science Degree

A student may qualify for an Associate in Arts degree by completing a program of study consisting of 64 hours, with a minimum of 30 of those hours in general education courses from each of the areas listed below.

  • English and Speech
  • Social Science
  • Science and Mathematics
  • Humanities and Literature
  • Physical Education

A student may qualify for an Associate in Science degree by completing a program of study consisting of 64 hours, with minimum of 45 of those hours in general education courses consisting of

  • English Composition I
  • English Composition II
  • Public Speaking
  • College Algebra

and courses from each of the areas listed below.

  • Humanities
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Natural and Physical Sciences
  • Physical Education

Requirements for the Associate in Applied Science Degree

A student may qualify for an Associate in Applied Science degree by completing a planned program of study consisting of 64 hours as listed in the catalog as follows:

  1. Specialization in the chosen technical field and related contextual courses (minimum of 45 college credits)
  2. General education courses from at least three of the following areas (minimum of 15 college credits):
    • Arts and humanities
    • Communication
    • Mathematics and science
    • Social science

A student must maintain a GPA of 2.0. A student transferring to Hutchinson Community College must complete a minimum of 15 hours in a selected curriculum.

The electives requirement may be waived for students in those programs in which the number of credit hours in a selected curriculum mandated by an outside agency causes the graduation requirements to exceed 64 credit hours.

Students in Health Information Technology, Associate Degree Nursing, Radiology, Surgical Technology, Pharmacy Technology, and Physical Therapy Assistant curricula must meet the accrediting agency's requirements. The Vice President of Academic Affairs must give written approval for an exception to the selected curriculum.

A student may receive more than one associate in applied science degree.

Students applying for graduation from an A.A.S.-degree program with more than a five-year interruption in their educational program will have their transcripts reviewed by the appropriate program area for current program competencies. 

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