To qualify for an associate’s degree, a student must be admitted to a degree program, complete the program requirements as identified in the audit curriculum, attain at least a 2.0 cumulative and program GPA, and petition to graduate.
Program Graduation Requirements
(Degree Audit Curriculum)
Requirements for each degree and certificate program at Cincinnati State are published each year in the College catalog. A student is expected to fulfill the requirements in effect for the catalog year when the student enrolls in the the program. This set of requirements may be referred to as the student’s Academic Evaluation or Degree Audit curriculum. Students can review a copy of their Degree Audit curriculum using the MyServices tab in the MyCState section of Cincinnati State’s website.
A student readmitted to the College after an absence of a year or more is expected to fulfill the requirements in effect at the time of readmission. Students should consult with their program chair or academic advisor to discuss any changes made to program requirements that could affect progress toward completing the degree or certificate program.
All students who wish to graduate from Cincinnati State must file a Petition to Graduate with the Office of the Registrar. The purpose of this Petition is to verify that you will meet all degree or certificate requirements prior to graduation. The petition must be filed in the Office of the Registrar during the registration period of the student’s last semester. Students should check their Degree Audit and meet with their academic advisor regularly to make sure they are on track to graduate. Specific graduation petition deadlines can be found on the Calendar of Important Dates on the Registrar’s website.
The graduation petition is available here.
The petition must be filed in the Office of the Registrar prior to the date of completed coursework. Check the Registration Calendar for specific deadlines.
A student’s graduation date is the last day of the academic semester in which the student completes all requirements. The graduation date is the official date of graduation that is listed on the student’s academic transcript. If a student does not meet all requirements during the semester in which they petition; the Office of the Registrar or academic advisor may move the petition to the next semester. The College holds only one commencement ceremony each year.
Participation in Commencement
A student may participate in the annual commencement ceremony if he or she meets all of the following requirements:
- The student will satisfactorily complete all requirements for an associate’s degree during or before the spring semester immediately preceding commencement, or the student can complete all remaining degree requirements during the summer semester immediately following commencement. The ability to complete requirements in the summer semester is defined as needing no more than 15 credits, which may include the final cooperative education, clinical, or internship placement. The student will satisfactorily complete all requirements for a certificate of thirty (30) or more credits during or before the semester immediately preceding commencement.
- The student has not previously participated in a Cincinnati State commencement ceremony to receive the same degree.
- The student has submitted a Petition to Graduate form to the Registrar’s Office, by the published deadline applicable to the semester when the student will complete all degree requirements.
- The student has submitted an Intent to Participate in Graduation form to the Student Activities Office by the published deadline.
Associate’s degree candidates who earn at least 30 credit hours at Cincinnati State and achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher will graduate with honors. Honors are classified as follows:
Cum Laude 3.500 - 3.799
Magna Cum Laude 3.800 - 3.899
Summa Cum Laude 3.900 - 4.000
Students who complete their degree requirements in the semester following commencement (summer semester) are eligible for honors at commencement only if the remaining requirements are courses that do not affect GPA calculations, such as cooperative education and internship courses. Honors designations in the printed program at commencement are projected based on GPA calculations made at the end of the fall semester. The student’s GPA at the conclusion of the program will determine the final honors designation.