Graduation Participation Policy

Graduation Policy

Graduation is one of the most rewarding experiences in our students’ academic journey.  To be awarded a diploma from the College, the student must submit an “Application for Degree/Certificate.” It is recommended that students schedule a “Degree/Certificate Check” appointment with a counselor. A non-refundable $15 fee is required for an Associate Degree or Certificate of Achievement. For students denied graduation, the fee may be applied to subsequent graduation applications. Proof of payment is required for the fee to be waived for subsequent semesters. To participate in the annual Commencement Ceremony held in May, students may exercise their right to participate according to their eligibility described below:

Participation in the annual Commencement Ceremony at Leeward Community College will be based on the following criteria:

  • candidates for any Associate Degree must be within nine (9) credits of completing the requirements for the degree.
  • candidates for any Certificate must have earned, or be enrolled in, all of the requirements for the certificate.
  • candidates must have an official degree/certificate check and degree audit (Degree/Certificate Check) on file with the Records Office by the published deadline.

Candidates must have an official Degree/Certificate checklist/degree audit (Degree/Certificate Check) on file with the Records Office by the published deadline.

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