DIXIE STATE COLLEGE OF UTAH

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES MANUAL


Section: 5-Student Services

Policy No: 20
Approved: 4/26/96
Revised: 5/01/09

Policy: GRADUATION

5-20 GRADUATION

I. Dixie State College has the right to grant baccalaureate degrees, associate degrees, and certificates of completion.

II. Application for Graduation

A. Degree candidates must file application for graduation with the advisement office prior to the published deadlines for the semester in which they will complete requirements and wish to graduate.

i. A non-refundable graduation fee is required.

B. Students must be approved for graduation by a graduation advisor.

C. Students who complete degrees or certificates will receive the appropriate award after the semester has ended, grades have been posted, and the transcript has been verified.

D. A Student who does not fulfill requirements as scheduled must reapply according to the deadlines for the semester in which they will complete requirements.

i. A non-refundable graduation fee, in addition to the previously paid graduation fee, is required.

E. Students completing a certification program do not need to submit an application or pay an additional fee to receive their certificate.

III. Requirements for Graduation

A. Institutional Residency

i. An associate degree requires a minimum of 20 semester hours of credit be completed at Dixie State College.

ii. A bachelor's degree requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of upper division credit be completed at Dixie State College.

iii. Credits contributing to institutional residency may not be acquired through examination, prior experiential learning, or petition.

B. General Education Requirements

i. General Education requirements are outlined in the College catalog.

ii. Transfer students who have completed courses at their previous college that are deemed equivalent to courses in the general education program at Dixie State College will have those courses applied to the requirements. (Refer to Policy 5-47, Academic Transfer)

iii. Transfer students entering Dixie State College who have completed the general education program of their previous college, as evidenced by completion of an associate of arts or associate of science degree or a registrar's certification of General Education completion, will have fulfilled the General Education requirements at Dixie State College. (Refer to Policy 5-47, Academic Transfer)

C. Scholastic Requirements

i. To be eligible for graduation from Dixie State College, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher for all work, which includes institutional and transfer credits.

ii. Students must achieve a grade of "D-" or higher in each course applicable toward graduation requirements or the total credits required for graduation.

iii. Courses must be numbered 100 (quarter system) / 1000 (semester system) or higher to count toward the total credits earned for graduation.

iv. No more than a combined maximum of 32 credits awarded by examination, prior learning experience, and petition can be applied toward graduation. (Refer to Policy 5-15, Credit by Examination, Prior Learning Experience, or Petition)

v. Individual academic programs may have more stringent requirements.

D. Associate Degree Requirements

i. Minimum of 60 credits

ii. Completion of institutional General Education requirements.

iii. Completion of at least 20 credits at Dixie State College for institutional residency.

iv. The Associate of Arts degree requires at least 8 credits in a single foreign language.

E. Associate of Applied Science Degree Requirements

i. Minimum of 63 credits

ii. Completion of program requirements

iii. Completion of a minimum 15 credits of institutional general education requirements as listed in program requirements.

iv. Completion of at least 20 credits at Dixie State College for institutional residency.

F. Specialized Associate Degree Requirements

i. Minimum of 68 credits

ii. Completion of program requirements

iii. Completion of at least 20 credits at Dixie State College for institutional residency

G. Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

i. Minimum of 120 credits

ii. Minimum of 40 upper division credits

iii. Completion of program / major requirements

iv. Completion of General Education requirements

v. Completion of institutional baccalaureate degree requirements

vi. Completion of at least 30 credits at Dixie State College for institutional residency

vii. The Bachelor of Arts degree requires at least 16 credits in a single foreign language, subject to program restrictions

viii. No more than a combined maximum of 15 credits of cooperative work experience, internships, and independent study can be applied toward a baccalaureate degree. (Refer to Policy 5-51, Independent Study)

IV. Double Majors

A. A student may pursue two different baccalaureate majors simultaneously by declaring a major in each academic department.

B. If the requirements for both majors are completed, one diploma (either a B.S. or B.A.) listing both majors will be awarded.

C. Double majors are prohibited if both majors are organizationally in the same school within Dixie State College.

V. Simultaneous Degrees

A. A student may receive two degrees from Dixie State College at the same time if the requirements for both degrees are met.

B. Students seeking simultaneous degrees must submit a separate application and pay a separate graduation fee for each degree.

C. Simultaneous degrees of different levels:

i. A student may receive two degrees of different levels (e.g. an associate degree and a bachelor's degree) at the same time.

D. Simultaneous Associate Degrees

i. The conferral of a second associate degree at the same time as the first requires that the second degree title and program be different from the first degree.

ii. The conferral of second associate degree at the same time as the first requires a minimum of 15 credits beyond those required for the first degree.

E. Simultaneous Bachelor's Degrees

i. The conferral of a second bachelor's degree at the same time as the first requires that the second degree title and major be different from the first degree.

ii. The conferral of a second bachelor's degree at the same time as the first requires a minimum of 30 credits beyond those required for the first degree.

VI. Subsequent Degrees

A. The first degree must have been awarded from a regionally accredited college or university.

B. Second Associate Degree

i. The second associate degree and program must differ from the first degree.

ii. After the first associate degree was conferred, a minimum of 20 credits at Dixie State College must be earned.

iii. All program requirements must be completed.

iv. All degree requirements must be completed, other than General Education, which will be considered fulfilled by the first degree except in the case of an applied or specialized associate degree.

a. Holders of a specialized or applied associate degree must complete the College's General Education requirements in order to receive a non-applied science degree.

C. Second Bachelor's Degree

i. The second bachelor's degree and major must differ from the first.

ii. A minimum of 30 credits at Dixie State College must be earned after the first bachelor's degree was conferred.

iii. At least 50% of the course work required within the second baccalaureate major must be earned after the conferral of the first bachelor's degree.

iv. All major requirements must be completed.

v. All degree requirements must be completed other than General Education, which will be considered fulfilled by the first degree.

VII. Completed Degrees

A. Once a certificate or associate degree has been conferred, the name of the program and the title of the degree cannot be altered.

B. Grades earned in achieving a certificate or associate degree will be used in calculating a baccalaureate GPA, although courses may be repeated after the degree was conferred and applied to the new cumulative GPA.

C. Once a baccalaureate degree has been conferred, no courses may be retaken for a new grade and neither the degree nor the major(s) can be changed.

VIII. Financial Obligations

A. In order to graduate, all financial obligations to the college must be cleared.

IX. Catalog Rights

A. Students who maintain continuous enrollment at Dixie State College have the right to apply for graduation under the General Education and degree requirements listed in the catalog under which they first enrolled, under the following conditions:

i. Continuous enrollment is defined as completion of at least one credit bearing course each academic year.

ii. Catalog rights do not extend more than four (4) years for an associate degree and seven (7) years for a bachelor's degree from date of first enrollment.

iii. When a student changes a major or program of study, the graduation, General Education, and program requirements in effect at the time of the change now apply to the student.

iv. A student may choose to forfeit catalog rights and apply for graduation under the current catalog.

a. A student must fulfill all requirements (graduation, degree, General Education, and program) from the same catalog.

X. Honors

A. Credits contributing toward minimum GPA and credit standards for honors may not be acquired through examination, prior experiential learning, or petition.

B. Latin Honors

i. The distinction of Latin honors is reserved for baccalaureate graduates, according to the following standards:

a. Summa cum laude shall be granted to those students whose cumulative GPA is at least 3.95.

b. Magna cum laude shall be granted to those students whose cumulative GPA is at least 3.80.

c. Cum laude shall be granted to those students whose cumulative GPA is at least 3.65.

d. Students who will have completed a minimum of 48 credits at Dixie State College at the time of graduation are eligible for Latin honors.

C. Honors

i. Honors are awarded to recipients of associate degrees according to the following standards:

a. High honors are awarded to students whose cumulative GPA is at least 3.75.

b. Honors are awarded to students whose cumulative GPA is at least 3.50.

c. Students who will have completed a minimum of 30 credits at Dixie State College at the time of graduation are eligible for honors conferred with an associate degree.

D. Honors Program

i. Graduates fulfilling Honors Program requirements will have their transcript marked "Honors Program Graduate". (Refer to Policy 5-45, Honors Program)

XI. Valedictorian

A. The college valedictorian will be selected from among the top honors graduates, as determined by GPA, in each baccalaureate program during the current academic year.

i. Eligibility to be valedictorian is limited to graduation applicants who have already completed 48 credits at Dixie State College.

ii. If two or more graduates in a major have the same GPA, the academic department will be asked to select one candidate for valedictorian.

iii. For the purposes of valedictorian selection, each major will include all subsidiary emphases and secondary education teaching graduates.

iv. Valedictorian candidates may be required to submit an application and complete a personal interview.

v. Academic Council has final approval of the valedictorian.

XII. Student Speaker

A. The student speaker will be selected from among the top 1% of honors graduates, determined by GPA, of those graduating with an associate degree in the current academic year.

i. Eligibility to be student speaker is limited to graduation applicants who have already completed 30 credits at Dixie State College.

ii. Student speaker candidates may be required to submit an application and complete a personal interview.

iii. Academic Council has final approval of the student speaker.

XIII. Commencement

A. Students may graduate at the end of any semester, but commencement is held at the end of spring semester.

B. Students who will not complete requirements by the end of spring semester may participate in graduation ceremonies and activities under the following conditions:

i. The student has 12 or fewer credits remaining to complete graduation requirements and can complete these requirements during the next summer semester.

Other Revisions:

03/16/00
11/16/01
05/02/03
04/21/05