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Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

Each prospective graduate is responsible for applying for graduation.

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for graduation in any credit degree and certificate program, students must:

  • Complete 21 hours of residency at the City Colleges of Chicago
  • Earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses used to satisfy core curriculum and/or general education requirements
  • Hold a minimum Graduation GPA (grade point average) of 2.0. Elective courses with a “D” final grade may count towards graduation. Students who graduated prior to August 1, 2013 must hold either a minimum Graduation GPA or Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • EFFECTIVE FALL 2009: All students entering or returning to CCC seeking an Associate of Arts (AA) degree are required to demonstrate proficiency in a language that has a recognized literature or culture. The level of proficiency must be equivalent to that of successful completion of a second semester language course

Graduation Campus

The Graduation Campus is the college that will award a student's degree or certificate. In accordance with CCC Academic Policy, the Graduation Campus is the college where the majority of a student’s Graduation Credit Hours, which excludes remedial coursework, were earned. If that college does not offer the academic program, then the Graduation Campus is the college (that offers the program) where the most GRAD-HRS were earned. In case of a tie between two colleges (equal number of GRAD-HRS earned and both offer the program), then the student can choose his/her Graduation Campus.

Human Diversity Requirement

At least one course must meet the State of Illinois' Human Diversity requirement. The course descriptions on the IAI website for Humanities, Fine Arts, and Social and Behavioral Sciences include the designations:

  • "D" for courses designed specifically to examine aspects of human diversity within the United States
  • "N" for courses designed specifically to examine aspects of human diversity from a non-U.S./non-European perspective, or courses designed specifically to examine aspects of human diversity from a non-Western perspective

Catalog Requirements

If a student has not attended for two or more years, at the time of readmission, he/she will be governed by the policies of the current college catalog. A continuing or short-term stop-out student, whose program was begun 10 years ago or more, will also be governed by the requirements of the current college catalog.

Second Degree Requirements

A student may earn a second degree from a college from which he/she has graduated. However, the second degree must be different from the first degree earned. Only general education courses may be applied toward the second degree. Students seeking a second degree or certificate must enroll in and successfully complete a minimum of 15 additional credit hours at the college after the first degree has been posted to the student's record.

Registrar's Office

For additional information concerning degree and certificate requirements, please contact your Registrar's Office.