Students may graduate at any time upon meeting all graduation requirements (e.g., at the end of the fall, spring, or summer semester). CWI students should submit graduation applications within one semester of completing their degrees or certificates. Once an application is received, a Graduation Evaluator will review the application and notify the student if they are an eligible candidate for graduation.
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 do not automatically have their degrees conferred. They must apply for graduation online through myCWI. Students must apply for graduation whether or not they plan to participate in the commencement ceremony. The degree 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.
Catalog Policy for Graduation
CWI issues a new catalog for every academic year (fall, spring, and summer consecutive semesters). Students seeking to earn a degree or certificate from CWI must satisfy program graduation requirements, which may change from one catalog to the next.
Students are responsible for remaining informed about these changes.
CWI evaluates students’ degree and/or certificate completion based on the graduation requirements stipulated in the catalog at the time the student matriculates or enters the major.
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 catalog year is done by submitting a Major Change Form to One Stop Student Services.
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).
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 will need to complete a Major Change Form and submit it to the Registrar's office if they desire to change majors officially. CWI recognizes only one declared major; however, students may earn two or more degrees and/or certificates simultaneously, providing students satisfy catalog requirements for each program.
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.
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.
Catalog rights do not exempt students from changes in course prerequisites. Students must follow prerequisites stated in the course descriptions in the current catalog. If the addition of course prerequisites increased the total number of credits required for the degree, students are encouraged to meet current course prerequisites, but are not required to do so.
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.
Graduation With Honors
CWI recognizes academic distinction 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).