Students must apply for graduation. The application should be filled out before registering for the final semester. Applications and information are available online or at the Registrar’s Office.
The annual Commencement ceremony is held at the end of the Spring semester. However, students completing their graduation requirements in August or December will have their degrees posted to the transcript by the end of said month. All graduates are expected to participate in commencement exercises. Only students whose eligibility for graduation has been approved by their academic department and certified by the Registrar are permitted to participate in commencement activities.
• Graduation Requirements
All requirements of the program in which the student is matriculated, as stated in the current official copy of the College Bulletin at the time of matriculation, must be met. The granting of a degree from Passaic County Community College will require no less than sixty (60) college-level credits, with a minimum of thirty (30) credits completed at Passaic County Community College. Students must complete at least one-half of credits required in their major at Passaic County Community College. Students intending to graduate must notify the Registrar.
To graduate, students must successfully pass the College Writing Examination (CWE). Students with a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, or former Passaic County Community College graduates returning for another degree are exempt from taking the College Writing Examination (CWE). Students with a bachelor’s degree or higher, earned outside the United States, are required to take the College Writing Examination.
Former Passaic County Community College students approved for Reverse Transfer may be exempt from taking the College Writing Examination (CWE), but must fulfill approved equivalent requirements at the partner college or university.
• Graduation with Honors
Three levels of outstanding academic performance are recognized at commencement. A candidate who has earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 to 3.69 graduates with honors; a candidate who has earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.70 to 3.89 graduates with high honors; and a candidate who has earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.90 to 4.0 graduates with highest honors.