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Graduation Information

Graduation Requirements

2020 Graduation InformationCommencement day at Alpena Community College is the time when you are recognized for your work and effort extended toward the completion of an educational program.

Time & Place
Gather at the Besser Tech Commons (BTC 109) at 6:00 pm on Thursday, May 7th. Marching instructions will be given at 6:30 pm with Commencement beginning promptly at 7:00 pm in the Park Arena.

What to Wear
Students will wear caps and gowns. Graduation attire is available at the Bookstore. For cap & gown questions, please call (989) 358-7274. Honor candidates will wear honor cords. Honor Society stoles and medallions may also be worn. Honor cords, honor society cords and medallions, and student organization cords will be handed out at the Honors Breakfast or prior to the beginning of the ceremony. Honors Breakfast invitations will be mailed separately to eligible students.

Graduation Announcements
Graduation announcements are available at the Bookstore while supplies last.

A reception for you and your guests will be held following the ceremony at the Besser Museum of Northeast Michigan, 491 Johnson Street, Alpena. Recommended parking – ACC student parking lot.

Special Seating
If you have a guest who is unable to sit in the bleachers, uses a wheelchair or walker, or requires special seating accommodations at the ceremony, arrangements must be made in advance prior to May 4th so we can reserve seats on the floor. Please call the Registrar’s Office at 989.358.7282 for reservations. There is no guest limit, however reserved seats are limited to 4. Seats will only be held until 6:45 pm at which time any empty seats will be made available to other guests.

Alpena Community College to Livestream Spring 2020 Commencement
Information will be provided soon.

If you have any questions regarding the ceremony, please contact the Registrar at 989.358.7353.

Each student who wishes to receive an Associate Degree or Certificate must apply for graduation at the beginning of the semester in which the requirements for graduation will be completed. Students can submit an application for graduation online via WebAdvisor or download the application for graduation and submit it to the Registrar's Office at the beginning of the semester in which the requirements for graduation will be completed.

Graduation with a Degree
The requirements for the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in General Studies and Associate in Applied Science degrees consist of general education courses and electives. Each student must satisfactorily complete:

  • Six semester credits in English Composition (ENG 111 or 121, and 112 or 122 or 123)
  • The American Government requirement, which can be satisfied by either three semester credits of Political Science (PLS 221 or 222) or six semester credits of U.S. History (HST 221 and 222).
  • The appropriate number of general education credits from the sciences and mathematics, social science, and humanities groups required for each associate degree.
  • The appropriate number of semester credits required for each associate degree with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher. Courses numbered under 100 apply only toward the Associate in General Studies degree.
  • At least 15-semester credits for graduation at Alpena Community College.
  • All Alpena Community College course work with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher.
  • The Application for Graduation form.
  • A waiver of specific requirements does not reduce the total hours required for graduation.

Additional Associate's Degrees
Students may earn more than one associate's degree by satisfying the requirements for each degree, including completing a minimum of 15 additional credits at Alpena Community College for each degree. The 15 additional credits, which may not have been applied to another degree, must apply to the distribution requirements for an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree or be in the area of occupational specialty for an Associate in Applied Science degree. Additional degrees may be completed and earned concurrently. An Associate in General Studies may not be earned as an additional or concurrent degree.

Graduation with a Certificate
All candidates for graduation from Certificate of Achievement Programs must satisfactorily:

  • Complete all courses listed in the curriculum for the specific occupational certificate program.
  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher.
  • Complete the Application for Graduation form

Alpena Community College recognizes high scholastic achievement at graduation. To be eligible for honors, a student must earn 30 hours of academic work - (no S/U coursework) at ACC. Honors are determined for academic work completed at ACC only. Designations are as follows:

  • 3.9 or greater grade point average - summa cum laude
  • 3.7-3.89 grade point average - magna cum laude
  • 3.5-3.69 grade point average - cum laude

Continuous Enrollment
The following guidelines govern those situations in which graduation requirements are changed for the program a student enrolled in the college is pursuing.

Students enrolled in a program and degree at Alpena Community College will have the option of completing the degree as specified under the requirements in place at the time of the student's initial enrollment in the program or the requirements in place at the time of graduation if the student has been continuously enrolled in the program.

Continuous enrollment is defined as enrollment in at least one course during the fall and spring semesters from the initial time of enrollment in the program until the time of graduation. Students who do not satisfy this definition of continuous enrollment must meet the program requirement in effect at the time of graduation.

Age of Course Work
In addition, a student in an associate in an applied science degree program may not apply any course work (either transferred or completed at ACC) older than seven years toward the occupational specialty areas designated for the particular degree program. Exceptions can be granted by departmental recommendation based on proficiency standards. This policy applies only to the AAS degree and has no bearing on any other degrees offered by Alpena Community College.

Policy on Program Revisions Changing Graduation Requirements
Alpena Community College continually revises courses, programs, and graduation requirements in order to provide students with quality educational experiences. Courses are updated to reflect new technology, new courses are added to programs to strengthen students' technical skills, and general education requirements are adjusted in order to more effectively meet students' needs.