2015-2016 Academic Catalog

Academics

Admissions

Admissions Policy

Morgan Community College has an open admissions policy. In compliance with Colorado Community College System (CCCS) procedures (SP 4-10), it is the policy of the College to admit students who are 17 years of age or older.

Admission of New Students

New students who have never attended MCC must complete an online Admission Application found at www.MorganCC.edu. Online access is available on campus and at MCC Centers for those who do not have home internet access. Students are reminded to carefully and fully complete the Admission Application, as the information provided is used to determine tuition classification (in-state or out-of-state tuition rates).

Also see TUITION CLASSIFICATION Section

Admission of Former Students/Re-Admit

Former MCC students who wish to return to MCC after an absence of 12 months or more must apply for re-admission by completing an online Admission Application. Internet access is available on campus and at MCC Centers for those who do not have home internet access. Degree and certificate requirements in effect at the time of re-admission apply to readmitted students.

Admission of Transfer Students

Students transferring to MCC from another college or university must file the following with the MCC Registrar/Records Office:

  1. An Admission Application with a declared program of study toward which transfer courses are to be evaluated.
  2. An official transcript of all credits earned from each college or university attended.
    1. Official transcripts must be received by the MCC Registrar in the mail, directly from the other institution.
    2. Transcripts marked, "Issued to Student," even if sealed, are not considered official, will not be accepted nor evaluated, and will be discarded.
    3. Foreign transcripts (from colleges & universities outside the U.S.) must be evaluated course-by-course by an approved evaluation service. The student arranges to have this done and then has the evaluation service send a copy of the evaluation directly to the MCC Student Services Office. Approved evaluation services can be found at http://www.naces.org/members.htm

    See STUDENT RECORDS & TRANSCRIPTS section for additional details on transferring credit to MCC

Admission of Permanent Residents/Refugees

If an individual holds a Resident Alien card (I-551) or Arrival-Departure Record (I-94), or was admitted to the United States on a refugee, parolee, or political asylum status, that individual must present such documentation when applying for admission to Morgan Community College. Morgan Community College personnel will make a copy of the original documentation to accompany the application to assure prompt and proper processing.

Admission of International Students

At this time MCC is not licensed by the federal government to accept international students and therefore accepts no international student applications.

Admission of Underage Students (Under 17)

Morgan Community College complies with the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education (SBCCOE) policy to admit students who are 17 years of age or older. Students wishing to secure a waiver of the minimum age for admission must meet the following criteria:

  1. Qualified students must demonstrate academic readiness for college level work by meeting all state established assessment scores for college level English, reading and mathematics.
  2. Students should meet with the Director of Admissions to determine eligibility for admission and appropriateness of course selection, review college expectations, and complete the acknowledgment form which includes the MCC President’s approval.

Admission to Specific Programs

Admission to MCC does not assure acceptance into a particular course or program of study. Programs such as nursing have limited space and require special admission procedures. The program requirements in the MCC catalog detail any specific program acceptance requirements.

See DEGREES AND CERTIFICATES section for additional details on specific program admission requirements

New Student Orientation

We recommend all new students sign up for a New Student Orientation Session. Sessions are offered in the fall (Aug/Sept) only. Dates are published in the Academic Calendar and Course Schedules. Campus tours, assistance with computer log-ins, passwords, advising, terminology, timelines, expectations, study skills, and other information to help the new or returning student is presented. It is also a great time to meet some of the faculty, staff, and other new students. Call the Student Services Office to register at 542-3100.

Selective Service Registration

Male students must indicate their Selective Service registration status prior to admission at Morgan Community College or any state supported institution of higher education. Enrollment will not be allowed to students who do not comply with Selective Service registration requirements. Individuals providing no or false information will be denied admission to the College. The certification is made on the MCC Admission Application. This is a one-time-only filing requirement unless the original certified item changes in any way. Students may register or obtain proof of Selective Service Registration at www.sss.gov.

Advising

Students are encouraged to discuss educational objectives as well as personal goals with their advisors before registering for classes.

Assessment

Registration

Grades & Grading

Only the credits accumulated and grade points earned at Morgan Community College are used in computation of semester (GPA) and cumulative Grade Point Averages (CGPA). A cumulative GPA (CGPA) of 2.0 is required for graduation.

Students can view final grades and transcripts on their MyMCC account under the STUDENT tab on the 'Student Grades' channel:

Academic Standing

Morgan Community College strives to enroll students in courses appropriate to their level of academic preparedness and goals as determined by mandatory assessment and academic advising. All MCC students are expected to achieve satisfactory progress as required by the Colorado Community College System (CCCS). Application of this policy is intended to be informational and not punitive. Through the CCCS Academic Standing (AS) Procedures, students will be informed when they are not making satisfactory academic progress.

CCCS Academic Standing Procedure

Application

For students who have completed fewer than 9 credit hours, the college will monitor satisfactory progress through an Academic Alert process. These students are not subject to Academic Standing.

Academic Standing applies to all students who have completed 9 or more credits at a CCCS college, regardless of the number of term credits they attempt from that point forward. Academic Standing shall be applied consistently and uniformly within each CCCS institution. All colleges will determine Academic Standing following the posting of the majority of term grades for each semester. Students placed on probation or suspended will be notified of their status. Suspended students will not be allowed to attend any CCCS college in the subsequent semester/s unless an appeal is approved. Academic Standing status will be noted on the advising, official, and unofficial transcripts. The Academic Standing of a student is not specific or limited to the home institution; it does impact a student's enrollment at other CCCS colleges.

Principle

Designates a practice for measuring and notifying students of their academic standing.

Guideline

Recognizing the value of measuring academic progress for all students, the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) has established the following practice and procedures for measuring and notifying students of their academic standing. This procedure is intended to be informational and helpful, but also establishes clear standards of academic progress that must be met and maintained in order to be a successful student in our colleges. CCCS colleges are encouraged to devise and implement appropriate Academic Alert strategies early in the term to assist students who are experiencing academic difficulties. A student's academic standing at one college will impact academic standing at another CCCS college.

Practice Standards

  • Only college level classes will be used to calculate term and cumulative GPA's. This includes summer term courses.
  • Only courses taken "in residence" will be used for this procedure; "In residence" means taken at the student's home institution. Courses taken elsewhere and transferred in do not apply. The GPA calculations for this procedure may not match those used for financial aid purposes or athletic eligibility.
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average will be abbreviated as CGPA.
  • Term Grade Point Average will be abbreviated as TGPA.

Definitions

Initial Standing

Student has completed fewer than 9 cumulative credit hours with a CGPA=>2.00 for all classes completed.

Academic Alert

Student has completed fewer than cumulative 9 credits with a CGPA<2.00 for all classes completed.

Good Standing

Student has completed at least 9 cumulative credit hours and has a CGPA > 2.00 for all classes completed.

Probation

Student has completed at least 9 cumulative credit hours and has a CGPA < 2.00 for all classes completed.

Returning to Good Standing

By the conclusion of the Academic Probation term, the student must raise their CGPA to at least 2.0. If this condition is met, the student returns to Good Standing.

Probation (Continuing)

If a student on Academic Probation earns a TGPA of at least 2.00 for all classes completed during the term, but fails to raise their CGPA to at least 2.0 for all classes completed, the student will be allowed to attend the next term, but will remain on Academic Probation.

Suspension

If a student on Academic Probation earns a TGPA of less than 2.0 for all classes completed, the student will be suspended and will not be allowed to enroll at any CCCS college for the next term, excluding summer term (as summer term may not be used as a "suspension term").

Suspension Rules

  • Summer term may not be used as a "suspension term."
  • Summer term may not be used to remediate (improve) the GPA. If a student wishes to enroll for summer term after being suspended, they will need to follow their home institution's process.
  • Initial suspension is for one term, excluding summer term.
  • A second suspension is for two terms, excluding summer term.
  • If a student, who has served the suspension time for initial suspension or second suspension, wishes to return, the student will be allowed to re-enroll only after meeting with an academic advisor at the CCCS college that the student wishes to attend. The student will be place on Academic Probation.
  • A third suspension is for two full years, or 4 academic terms excluding summers.
  • If a student, who has served the third suspension time of two years, wishes to return, the student must meet with an advisor from the CCCS college the student wishes to attend in order to get their suspension hold removed.

Suspension Appeals

  • Students may appeal their suspension based on procedures developed by their home college or the CCCS college they wish to attend. At a maximum, students may appeal to their home college and to one other CCCS college of their choice.
  • If the student's suspension appeal is approved, the student will be placed on Academic Probation
  • If the student's suspension appeal is not approved, the student may be dropped from all courses registered for in upcoming terms at their home college. Students are ultimately responsible for their enrollment and need to check their enrollment schedule for accuracy.
  • The student needs to check with their home college regarding enrolling for summer term classes.

-CCCS Education Services Council Guidelines Effective Summer 2014, Revised March 28, 2014

Credit Completion Progress Standard

Application

For students who have attempted fewer than 9 credit hours, the college will monitor credit completion through an Alert process. These students are not subject to the Credit Completion Progress guideline.

Credit Completion Progress standards apply to all students who have attempted 9 or more credits at a CCCS college, regardless of the number of term credits they attempt from that point forward. Credit Completion Progress standards shall be applied consistently and uniformly within each CCCS institution. All colleges will determine Credit Completion Progress standards following the posting of the majority of term grades for each semester. Students placed on warning 1, warning 2 or warning 3 will be notified of their status. Credit Completion Progress status will be maintained in the student information system. Students placed on a warning status will be notified vie their college portal. Colleges may choose to notify students of their status via other methods as well. The Credit Completion Progress status of a student is specific to the home institution and does not impact a student's enrollment at other CCCS colleges.

Principle

Designates a practice for measuring and notifying students of their credit completion rate.

Guideline

Recognizing the value of credit completion for all students with regards to retention, transfer and credential attainment, the Colorado College System (CCCS) has established the following practice and procedures for measuring and notifying students of their credit completion progress. This procedure is intended to be informational and helpful, but also establishes clear standards of credit completion progress that must be met and maintained in order to be a successful student in our colleges. CCCS colleges are encouraged to devise and implement appropriate Alert and Retention strategies with regards to credit completion progress.

Practice Standards

  • Credit Completion Progress: Will include all credit bearing classes (developmental and college level) and will be used to calculate the percent of attempted credits passed. This includes summer term courses.
  • Only courses taken "in residence" will be used for this calculation; "In residence" means taken at the students home institution. Courses taken elsewhere and transferred in do not apply. The credit completion rate for this procedure will not necessarily match those used for financial aid purposes or athletic eligibility.
  • Grades considered to be passing when computing the percent of attempted credits passed are as follows: A, B, C, D, S/A, S/B, S/C, and S.
  • Grades considered to be failing when computing the percent of attempted credits passed are as follows: I, F, U/D, U/F, W, and AW.
  • Course Completion Rate is calculated by dividing the total attempted credits by the number of credits successfully completed as per the definitions above.

Definitions

Initial Standing

Student has attempted fewer than 9 cumulative credit hours will not be assessed for credit completion.

Good Standing

Student has attempted at least 9 cumulative credit hours and has a cumulative course completion rate of at least 50%.

Warning 1

Student has attempted at least 9 cumulative credit hours and has a cumulative course completion rate of less than 50% for the first time.

Warning 2

Student has attempted at least 9 cumulative credit hours and has a cumulative course completion rate of less than 50% for the second time.

Warning (Continued)

If a student on Credit Completion Probation passes 50% or more of their attempted term credits, but fails to raise their cumulative completion rate to 50%, they will be allowed to continue the next term, but will remain on Credit Completion Probation.

Warning 3

Student has attempted at least 9 cumulative credit hours and has a cumulative course completion rate of less than 50% for the third time.

Warning Rules

  • Students on Warning 1 will receive a communication regarding their credit completion status and will be given information on resources, best practices, etc.
  • Students on Warning 2 will receive a communication regarding their credit completion status and will have a credit completion hold (which will impact registration) placed on their student account at their home college. The student will not be able to make any changes to their student account until they meet with an advisor.
  • Students on Warning 3 will receive a communication regarding their credit completion status and will have a credit completion hold (which will impact registration) placed on their student account at their home college. The student will not be able to make any changes to their student account until they meet with an advisor. The college reserves the right to limit the number of credit hours that the student may take when a student is on Warning 3 status.

CCCS Education Services Council Guidelines
ES 4-88 Credit Completion Progress Standard
Approved: April 2013
Effective: Summer 2014
Revised: March 2014

GPA Computation for Academic Probation and Suspension

Only credit hours earned at Morgan Community College will be used in determining academic probation, suspension, and dismissal. Courses receiving "S", "U", "I", "W", "AU", or "Z", grades will not be considered when determining the probationary status of a student, nor will they be computed into the cumulative GPA (CGPA).

Academic Renewal

Academic Renewal is a program designed to provide students with the opportunity to have prior poor academic standings reconsidered, after a time of absence. Through this program, students can have a good chance to succeed without previous poor academic performance holding them back. In order to qualify for the Academic Renewal program, the following criteria must be met:

  • 30 hours can be excluded from GPA.
  • Students must be out of school for 2 years before being eligible.
  • Students must be enrolled and have completed at least 6 hours with a 2.0 minimum GPA.
  • Students can only apply for Academic Renewal once and it is not reversible.

-Approved by CCCS Education Services Council October 1, 2005

Student Records and Transcripts

Student records are maintained by the Registrar in the Student Services Office at the Fort Morgan campus. Students may request changes to their academic records, request transcripts, and official transcript evaluations.

Address and Phone Changes

Students make personal information changes on MyMCC using their Student ID and password. (Students who are also employees of any CCCS Institution or participate in work-study must make their changes through the Human Resources Department.)

Enrollment Verifications

Enrollment verifications at Morgan Community College are processed through the National Student Loan Clearinghouse after the 15-week term refund deadline has past, and periodically throughout the term. Enrollment verifications for insurance purposes (health, automobile, etc.) are handled through the Registrar’s Office.

Grades Reported to the Registrar

All grades reported to the Registrar by an instructor are entered upon the student’s academic record. These grades are permanent and will be changed only in the case of a grading or reporting error by the instructor.

See GRADE CHANGES

Name Changes to Academic Records

All requests for name changes to academic records, whether requested by a continuing, former, or readmitted student, must be accompanied by a copy of the legal document issued by the court or legal agency verifying the name change. The Student Services Office will keep a copy in the student’s file. Name changes cannot be done on the web. Students who are employees or participate in work study must contact the MCC Human Resources Department to make their name changes.

Preferred Name

CCCS has established procedures which would allow you, if you so desire, to use a name different than your legal name on the following college records:

  • CCCS Faculty Class Rosters

Preferred name changes can be made by contacting the MCC's Office of the Registrar to complete the required form.

Social Security Number Changes to Academic Records

All requests for Social Security Number Changes/corrections to academic records, whether requested by a continuing, former, or readmitted student, must be accompanied by a copy of the corrected Social Security card. The Student Services Office will keep a copy in the student’s file.

Term Academic Honors

CCCS Colleges provide an opportunity for students to be recognized with Academic Honors, on a term-by-term basis. Students who qualify will receive a notation for that term on their official transcripts. Those who excel in their courses of study at Morgan Community College may qualify to be named to the MCC President’s List or Vice President’s List.

To be eligible for the president’s list, a student must:

  • Be classified as a full-time student for that term
  • Have a minimum of 12 semester hours of completed college level work (excludes developmental)
  • Successfully complete at the end of the semester the courses attempted
  • Maintain a term grade point average of 4.00

To be eligible for the vice president’s list, a student must:

  • Be classified as a full-time student for that term
  • Have a minimum of 12 semester hours of completed college level work (excludes developmental)
  • Successfully complete at the end of the semester the courses attempted
  • Maintain a term grade point average of 3.75-3.999

The President’s List and Vice President’s List is published after the end of the regularly scheduled fall and spring terms based on the information available at that time. (Term Honors are not awarded for summer semesters)

Transferring Credit to MCC from Other Institutions

If a student plans to complete a degree or certificate with applicable transfer credit, an official transcript must be sent to the College.

The transfer of academic credit to the college is governed by the following policies and procedures:
  • Courses accepted in transfer MUST match the content and meet or exceed the rigor of the accepting institution as determined by the professional judgment of the transfer evaluator or department chair.
  • Transfer credit is accepted as specified by legislated and Colorado Community College System (CCCS) articulation agreements.
  • The college may examine credits to ensure that the content is not outdated or obsolete. Please note that some courses that are more than 10 years old may not be transferable. In addition, courses must be no more than 7 years old for some health programs (please check with the department).
  • Courses will be evaluated against the Colorado Community College Common Course Numbering System (CCCNS).
  • The official transcript will include courses taken at the institution and those transfer credits requested by the student.
  • Courses will be transcripted with CCCNS course number, title, prefix and the number of credits awarded by the transferring institution.
  • Grades for transfer courses will be recorded in Banner and show on the official transcript.
  • Prerequisite courses below the 100 level will not be accepted in transfer and will not appear on the transcript, but will be noted in the student's record.
  • A grade of "C" or higher, "P", "S" or better is required for transfer. Transfer credit will not be awarded for courses with "D", "F" or "U" grades. Individual colleges may choose to grant an exception to this rule and accept transfer courses with a grade of "D" on a case-by-case basis. Additionally, some schools only accept a "P" or "S" grade if it is shown to be equivalent to a grade of "C" or better.
  • Credits earned at the home institution with a grade of "D" may be applicable to a degree or certificate as determined by the program.
  • There is no limit to the number of credits that may be transferred.  However, 45 transfer credits is the maximum number of credits that can be applied towards a degree.  A minimum of 25% of the credits applied to a degree or certificate must be earned at the home institution.
  • Upper level courses can be accepted in transfer IF the course can be equated to a course in CCNS.
  • Elective courses that do not equate to a CCCNS course will be listed with the appropriate prefix, numbered as 999 and include "Elective" with a colon and then an entry to describe the course content. If no appropriate prefix is included in the CCCNS then the elective course will be given either the prefix TRN for Transfer Elective or CTE for CTE (Career and Technical Education) Elective. The course number will be 999 and the title will include a colon and an entry to describe the course content.
  • Credit for prior learning, standardized tests and portfolio credits will be accepted as determined by the CCCS Guide to Credit for Prior Learning.
  • Transfer courses that have the Guaranteed Transfer (GT) designation will be noted as GT courses. If the course is not present in the CCCNS then it will be transcripted with the prefix GTP for GT-Pathways, the applicable GTP course number, and the course title that matches the GT designation, e.g., CO1, AH3, MA1, etc.
  • Transfer credits will be awarded as governed by CCHE (Colorado Commission on Higher Education) and State Board policies and System President Procedures.
  • Quarter hours and other non-standard credit hours that are accepted in transfer will be converted into semester credit hours.

TRANSFER APPEALS PROCESS

Consistent with the requirements of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, CCCS Colleges have established a Transfer Appeals Process.  Based upon the initial transcript evaluation of transfer credits completed, a student may appeal:
  1. A decision regarding the transferability of a specific course(s);
  2. A decision regarding the placement of a specific course(s); or
  3. The college's failure to provide a transcript evaluation within the designated 30-day calendar period.

Further information and a detailed list of transfer and appeal guidelines can be found in the established appeal process.

 -Approved by CCCS Education Services Council 

(ES 9-82 effective Fall 2013 Rev. Summer 2013)

 

CCCS Student Transfer Appeals policy (approved June 2, 2005) can be found at:

https://www.cccs.edu/current-students/transfers-articulations/student-transfer-appeals-policy/

Foreign Transcripts

Transcripts from colleges and universities outside the United States must first be evaluated course-by-course by an approved evaluation service. Approved evaluation services can be found at: http://www.naces.org/members.htm.

Transcripts must then be sent to MCC directly from the evaluation services. MCC will then determine the award of credit applicable to the degree or certificate you plan to pursue. You will receive notification when the results are available for you to review.

Transcript Evaluation

The Registrar’s Office and/or Transcript Evaluator will review official transcripts and evaluate the credits that apply to the student’s current declared program of study. The student will receive an official notice that the evaluation has been completed along with instructions on how to see which courses apply to their MCC program of study. The Registrar will only accept official transcripts sent directly from the granting institution to Morgan Community College. Any other transcripts received, (e.g.: those opened by the student or which have gone through the student’s hand in some way, those faxed, emailed, etc.) are not considered official transcripts and will not be evaluated. No evaluation will be done on transcripts received for non-admitted students or students who are undeclared. If the student changes a program of study, and wishes re-evaluation of transcripts, the student should notify the Registrar’s Office in writing of the request to have transcripts re-evaluated toward the new program. Only those courses which apply to the student’s current program of study will be evaluated.

Official transcripts covering a student’s previous secondary and college education submitted to the College as part of the admission procedure become part of the official file and cannot be returned to the student. The College does not issue or certify copies of transcripts from other institutions. Transcripts, documented military experience and testing scores of approved programs are evaluated in accordance with College policy. The acceptance of this credit is documented on the College transcript.

Transcripts and Transferring MCC Credits to Other Institutions

Transcripts of MCC college course work are available from the Registrar’s Office by student request at any time via the web. Alternatively, students may send a letter in writing, or visit the college in person to complete the required form. Transcripts of courses taken and grades received will be sent to the institution or organization or individual of the student’s choice. Official transcripts will NOT be released for students with financial obligations to the College or any other CCCS institution.

Graduation Policies

Graduation Application

To receive a certificate or degree, a Graduation Application must be filed with the Student Services Office by the published graduation application deadline in which the student plans to complete requirements. It is the student's responsibility to apply for graduation. The Graduation Application form may be downloaded from the MCC website, requested from the Student Services Office, or requested from MCC Centers.

LATE GRADUATION APPLICATIONS

Graduation Application forms received after the term deadline may risk missing deadlines for:

  • Graduation Honors Designations & Honors Cord
  • Graduation Publicity
  • Commencement Program Inclusion
  • May incur delay in final graduation processing & receipt of diploma beyond the usual 4-6 weeks after term end
  • May incur extra charges for commencement participation

Graduation Application Deadlines

Only one graduation ceremony is held each year.

To receive a certificate or degree a Graduation Application form must be filed with the Student Services Office by the following dates:

STUDENT'S COMPLETION TERM GRADUATION APPLICATION DEADLINE
Fall Completion September 1
Spring Completion February 1
Summer Completion
(Attending Spring ceremony)
February 1
Summer Completion July 1

Note: If the listed date falls on a Saturday or Sunday, or a date the college is closed, the deadline will be the following Monday.

Graduation Requirements

Graduation requirements for degrees and certificates listed are as follows:

  • Completed all course requirements for the degree or certificate as listed in the candidate’s effective catalog or addendum
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher (Some certificate programs may be computed based on program only GPA with Vice President of Instruction approval)
  • No grades below a "C" among the required courses in the program
  • Satisfactorily completed a minimum of 15 credit hours in residency at the institution from which the degree is offered. Residency hours must apply to the program of study for which you are applying to graduate. For certificates, at least 25% of the credits must be completed in residence. Online courses with registrations through the home college will be included in residency hours.
  • Submitted a Graduation Application form for the completion term
  • Met all financial obligations to the College (To receive a diploma or transcripts, all financial obligations to the college must be met as well as any financial obligations to other CCCS system colleges)

Note: Certain programs have additional requirements. Check program layouts or consult with academic advisors for specifics.

Other Graduation Policies

  • Morgan Community College will accept those courses in transfer that have been completed with a "C" or better at an accredited college or university, or other approved institution
  • No remedial or developmental courses will be applicable to an Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.), Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) or Associate of General Studies (A.G.S.) degree
  • The College reserves the right to substitute or delete course work based on current curriculum
  • All Guaranteed Transfer gtPathways courses used to complete the State Guaranteed Transfer requirements and the 60 credits for the A.A. and A.S. degrees must be completed at a "C" or higher level
  • No more than three (3) semester hours of physical education course work may be applied to an associate degree program
  • To complete an associate degree program or certificate, students are required to fulfill the requirements in effect at the time of initial enrollment as specified in the MCC catalog. If a student does not attend the College for at least two consecutive semesters, excluding summer semester, the student will be subject to the requirements of the catalog in effect at the time of re-enrollment

Graduation Honors

Graduation honors recognize outstanding academic achievement throughout a student’s academic career at Morgan Community College. The honors are awarded to students who complete the requirements for an associate degree and earn a 3.5 or better cumulative grade point average (CGPA) at the institution. Only college level courses completed at Morgan Community College will be included in the GPA calculation.

A minimum of 51% of the degree credits must be earned in residence at MCC to be eligible for graduation honors. The three levels of recognition are defined as follows and will be posted on the student’s transcript.

-Approved by CCCS Education Services Council February 24, 2006

HONOR CUMULATIVE GPA REQUIRED
summa cum laude
"with highest honor"
4.0
magna cum laude
"with great honor"
3.75-3.99
cum laude
"with honor"
3.50-3.749

Other Graduation Honors Requirements

  • Submitted a Graduation Application by the graduation application deadline for the completion term.
  • Applied to graduate with an Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.), Associate of General Studies (A.G.S.), or Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree.
  • Transfer students must have completed a minimum of 51% of course work at MCC
  • Recipients must have all course work in progress to be completed by the end of the graduation semester to be recognized at commencement and receive honors designations during the ceremony, in the program, and in commencement publicity.
  • Honors recognition at the Spring Commencement ceremony is based on the GPA from the last completed term prior to the graduation term.
  • If a final CGPA qualifies a spring graduate for honors, even though the previous final GPA was below 3.50, the honor will be posted on the official academic transcript, although the honor was not noted at the commencement ceremony. Conversely, if a final GPA disqualifies a spring graduate from receipt of honors designation, the designation will not be posted on the official academic transcript, even if the honor was noted in the ceremony program and publicity.

Commencement Ceremony

An annual commencement ceremony is held at the end of the spring semester for the previous fall graduates and spring graduation candidates. Participation in the commencement ceremony does not imply that a degree/certificate has been awarded. All degree requirements must be met before a degree/certificate is awarded. Students must pay a commencement participation charge to attend the ceremony.

Summer Completers

Students completing their requirements in the upcoming summer may participate in the spring commencement ceremony. 

See SUMMER COMPLETERS for additional information

Commencement Participation Charge

There is a charge for each commencement participation. Completion of the Graduation Application form DOES NOT constitute notice that you plan to participate in the spring ceremony. Students must contact the MCC Bookstore or MCC Center Office by the 4th week of the term to purchase a commencement participation package. A late charge may be added for those failing to meet this deadline.

Students who do not plan to participate in the college commencement ceremony may purchase a diploma cover and/or tassel from the MCC bookstore or from a local area MCC Center.

Graduation Publicity

Graduation applicants who apply by the posted deadlines will have their names are printed in the annual commencement program each May and in any media reports about the ceremony unless the Registrar’s Office is contacted in writing or by email by the 4th week of the graduation term. No guarantees are made that information will be withheld, but every attempt will be made to do so.

Diplomas, Transcripts, and Degree Posting

There is no charge to receive a diploma. After the end of the semester and after all final grades are recorded, the earned degrees and certificates are posted to the official academic record. If transcripts are desired with the degree posted, students should wait to request their transcripts until the degree appears on their academic record (students can check their online accounts) OR request transcripts be held until the degree is posted.

Diplomas are mailed 6-8 weeks after the end of the term. The diploma is issued with the name listed in the official academic records and is mailed to the LOCAL address listed in the student records.

If Requirements Are Not Complete

If degree/certificate requirements, including financial obligations, are not complete by the end of the application term, a new Graduation Application form is required for the following term. No further processing will be done without a new application.

Summer Completers

Summer Completers and Spring Commencement Participation

Students completing requirements during the summer term who wish to participate in the previous spring commencement ceremony should indicate summer as the award term, but should submit the Graduation Application using the spring term deadline (February 1) to be sure to receive all commencement ceremony email notices, etc.

Summer Completers and Honors

A student who is completing requirements during the summer term will not be eligible for commencement honors recognition the spring before completion. If, at the end of the summer term, completion is within honors ranges, the honors will be posted to the student’s official transcript.

-Approved by CCCS ESC 2/24/2006 to be effective fall 2006

MAPP Testing Requirement for Graduation

All full-time degree-seeking students need to take the MAPP test during their last semester before graduation. This test provides MCC with information about the effectiveness of their degree programs. This data is used to compare MCC to other community colleges nationwide. There is no charge for this exam, it takes approximately 40 minutes, and is scheduled by the student through the Testing Center in the LRC or through a local area MCC Center Director.

Transfer from MCC

Students who attend Morgan Community College with the intention to transfer to a four-year college or university should familiarize themselves with the general education requirements of that other institution. While graduation requirements may vary, it is ordinarily easy to transfer from one Colorado institution to another if a student’s planning is solid and grades are acceptable. MCC strongly recommends that transfer students seek assistance from an academic advisor to plan a transferable curriculum.

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