Applying for Graduation
CWI confers degrees and certificates at the end of each semester - fall, spring, and summer. To be considered for graduation, students must apply for graduation. Students should meet regularly with their Student Success Advisor to create a plan of study that leads to graduation. Students should submit the graduation application within one semester of completing the requirements for their chosen degree or certificate.
Students can apply for graduation online through myCWI. Once an application is received, a graduation evaluator will review the application and notify the student if they are an eligible candidate for graduation by verifying the student is on track to complete all requirements by the end of the semester. Students must apply for graduation whether or not they plan to participate in the commencement ceremony. At the end of the semester, the degree and/or certificate will be conferred, and the diploma will be issued if all graduation requirements have been met.
Outstanding financial obligations to the College may prevent the issuance of an official transcript.
Whether transferring to a four-year school or entering the workforce upon graduation, it is very important to apply for graduation. An associate degree or certificate can help a student further their education and career. The number of credits students can transfer to four-year schools and their transfer status may also be impacted.
Graduation with Honors
CWI recognizes the following academic distinctions at graduation based on the institutional GPA for graduation:
- Summa Cum Laude: Graduating with highest praise; students who graduate with a 3.90–4.00 GPA.
- Magna Cum Laude: Graduating with great praise; students who graduate with 3.70–3.89 GPA.
- Cum Laude: Graduating with praise; students who graduate with 3.50–3.69 GPA.
These distinctions are recognized on a student’s final transcript and diploma. Graduation honors are based on all semesters completed at the time a degree is awarded. The May commencement ceremony takes place before Spring grades are finalized. Therefore, honors recognition at commencement is based upon the institutional GPA for graduation from the student's most recently completed semester. Eligible graduates may wear gold cords during the ceremony.
Grades of Incomplete ("I") or missing grades will prevent a student from receiving these honors and only the institutional GPA for graduation will be considered (excluding developmental coursework and transfer credits). These graduation honors apply only to Associate degrees (AA, AS, and AAS), not to Academic Certificates (AC), Advanced Technical Certificates (ATC), Intermediate Technical Certificates (ITC), or Basic Technical Certificates (BTC).
Catalog Policy for Graduation
CWI issues a new catalog for every academic year. The academic/catalog year begins in the fall, followed by the spring and summer semesters. Students seeking to earn a degree or certificate from CWI are subject to the following catalog policies:
- Students must satisfy program graduation requirements in a single catalog year, as requirements may change from one catalog to the next. All requirements for graduation outlined in the applicable catalog must be met before the degree or certificate is awarded. Students need to follow the catalog in its entirety–they may not elect to follow different catalogs for their college requirements, general-education requirements, and major-program requirements.
NOTE: Catalog rights do not exempt students from changes in course prerequisites. Students must follow prerequisites stated in the course descriptions in the current catalog at the time of registration.
- CWI recognizes only one declared major; however, students may earn two or more degrees and/or certificates simultaneously, providing students complete the catalog requirements for each program.
- Students are evaluated based on the graduation requirements stipulated in the catalog at the time the student matriculates or enters the major.
Changes to Declared Major and Catalog Year for Continuing Students
- If while enrolled at CWI, a student changes or declares a new major, the student must change to the catalog of the current year at the time of the change in major. The student will be held to the requirements in that year’s catalog.
- Students who have maintained “continuous enrollment” or enrolled at CWI for at least one term per academic year, have the option of meeting the graduation requirements stated in the catalog in effect under a more current year.
- Changing the declared major or catalog year is done by submitting a Major Change Form to the Registrar’s Office.
Changes to Declared Major and Catalog Year for Returning Students
- Students who lose continuous enrollment status are considered “returning students” and are subject to graduation requirements outlined in the catalog in effect at the time of re-enrollment in a declared major as a degree-seeking student. Students must renew their catalog after a non-enrollment period of six consecutive terms (two calendar years). Students will be classified as “inactive” in our system after a non-enrollment period of six consecutive terms (two calendar years).
NOTE: Students are required to complete at least twenty percent (20%) of the credits required for a certificate or degree through CWI in order to graduate from the College.
Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution are advised to review that institution’s catalog for catalog rights established for students transferring in from community colleges.
CWI reserves the right to, at any time and without advance notice, withdraw or cancel courses and programs, change course program offerings and prerequisite coursework, change admission and registration requirements, and alter other regulations that could affect matriculated (degree-seeking) students at the time of graduation. Either the College or the program may find it necessary to update requirements for students who have been enrolled at CWI or in a particular program for a period of five years or more. Substitutions for discontinued courses or program requirements may be authorized or required by the proper college authorities.