Skip to Content


Graduation, Students in Caps and Gowns Lines Up

Graduation Process

Students will receive an email from Records and Registration during the term in which a student is enrolled in the final courses needed to complete their degree or certificate. This email will confirm that the student has registered for the necessary courses and that pending successful completion of those courses, can expect to receive their diploma or certificate at the end of the term. Once courses have been successfully completed, students will be graduated. They will receive their diploma or certificate through the US Mail approximately eight weeks after the end of the term.**

Important things for the graduating student to do prior to/during their last term:

  • Check with your faculty advisor to ensure that all requirements for your degree/certificate will be met by the end of the term in which you wish to complete. You must also assure that required course substitutions (if any) have been submitted and processed.
  • Check your Clark State student email regularly.
  • Be sure that Records and Registration has your correct mailing address.

Graduation Qualifications

To qualify for a degree/certificate, you must pass all required courses for your major (check your major to make sure it is on file correctly) and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.

Students in the following majors must have a C as a minimum grade in all required major courses:

  • Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Medical Assisting
  • Practical Nursing Certificate
  • Registered Nursing
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Social Services.

Refer to your specific major for detailed grade requirements.

Students transferring to Clark State are expected to complete at least 15 credit hours of coursework at Clark State for an associate degree or 12 credit hours for a certificate program. Transfer credits may not exceed one half of the required technical courses for the degree/certificate program being pursued unless recommended by the faculty and approved by the divisional administrator.

The Commencement Ceremony

Students earning a degree/one-year certificate will be offered the opportunity to participate in our annual Commencement ceremony. Information about the ceremony will be sent to participants approximately 30 days before the ceremony. We have one Commencement ceremony each year at the end of Spring Term. Degree/certificate recipients who will graduate during Fall through Summer Terms are eligible to participate in the May Commencement ceremony.

Questions? We're here to help!

Records and Registration Sara T. Landess Technology and Learning Center