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  Application Deadlines
  • Fall Semester November 1
  • Spring Semester March 1
  • Summer Semester June 15

Applications received after the published deadline may be considered for the following semester.

Each student seeking a degree or a certificate of achievement is required to submit an online Application for Graduation to Admission and Records and pay $25. Students enrolled in their last required class(es) should apply at the beginning of that semester.

Students should type their name on the graduation application exactly as they would like it to appear on their diploma (name must match student records). 

A student seeking to obtain a degree or certificate of achievement from Western Nevada College must have satisfied the following requirements:

  • Completed the curriculum requirements for the degree or certificate.  (See catalog year options for graduation for details on catalog year selection and specific policies)  Students may not use a combination of catalogs for graduation. This applies to all policies and curricula.

In some cases, completion of a single course may satisfy requirements in two different areas of an associate degree or certificate of achievement. Students may use a single course to satisfy a general education requirement in addition to a program, subject, core or emphasis requirement. A single course may not be used to satisfy more than one general education requirement, except for the US/Nevada Constitution requirement.

  • Completed 15 semester college level credits in residence at 鶹Ƶ for each degree or certificate of achievement. Challenge examinations, non-traditional credit, or developmental courses (courses numbered below 100) do not count as resident credit.
  • Maintained a minimum 鶹Ƶ cumulative grade point average of 2.0, and a minimum 2.0 grade point average calculated by using all courses, 鶹Ƶ and transfer courses, used to fulfill the degree requirements.
  • Met all financial/library obligations. No student will be issued a degree or certificate if he/she has not met all financial/library obligations. Outstanding debts may be paid at the Business Office. Library holds can be cleared through Library and Media Services.
  • Submitted an and payment to Admissions and Records by the published deadline.

A student may earn two or more associate degrees or certificates of achievement subsequently or simultaneously provided he/she fulfills all of the following conditions:

  • Files a separate application for graduation and pays the application fee for each associate degree or certificate (may use one application and pay one fee if applying for two degrees for the same semester),
  • Satisfies all of the requirements for each associate degree or certificate, and
  • Completes 15 credits in residence for each associate degree or certificate.

For each additional associate degree, a student must complete 15 credits in addition to the minimum number required for the first degree. As most degrees require 60 credits, typically a student who wishes to earn two degrees must have at least 75 college level semester credits, 30 of which were earned in residence at 鶹Ƶ. For degrees that require more than 60 credits, the total number of credits required will be higher. Challenge examinations, non-traditional credit, or developmental courses (courses numbered below 100) do not count as resident credit.

A student wishing to obtain a bachelors degree from 鶹Ƶ must have satisfied the following requirements:

  • Completed the curriculum requirements for the degree. The student may select either the catalog year under which he/she initially enrolls in a baccalaureate-level program or the year of graduation.  Students may not use a combination of catalogs for graduation. This includes all policies and curriculum.

In the case of NSHE transfer students, exceptions to this policy will be handled by Admissions and Records and the transfer agreement contract process. Whichever catalog is used cannot be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation. Students who fail to complete degree requirements within ten years of their initial enrollment may use the next catalog in effect dating 10 years after the students initial enrollment.

  • Completed 32 semester credits in residence at 鶹Ƶ. Challenge examinations, non-traditional credit, or developmental courses (courses numbered below 100) do not count as resident credit.
  • Maintained a minimum 鶹Ƶ cumulative grade point average of 2.0, and a minimum 2.0 grade point average calculated by using all courses, 鶹Ƶ and transfer courses, used to fulfill the degree requirements.
  • Completed a minimum of 40 upper division credits (numbered 300 or above).
  • Met all financial/library obligations. No student will be issued a degree if he/she has not met all financial/library obligations.
  • Submitted an and payment to Admissions and Records by the published deadline.

Additional questions or inquiries should be directed to Admissions and Records at 775-445-3277 or admissions.records@wnc.edu

 

鶹Ƶ Students, Do you know what catalog you should be following for your degree or certificate requirements?

Requirements for degrees and certificate of achievements can change with each academic catalog. There are specific policies that dictate which catalog and resulting set of degree/certificate requirements you may follow.

Each 鶹Ƶ catalog is effective for the fall, spring and subsequent summer terms. Only the most current catalog is available online.

鶹Ƶ students have three choices for selecting a catalog year:

  1. A student may select the catalog year under which he/she initially enrolls and completes a course.
  2. A student may select the catalog year when he/she officially declares a program of study for the first time.
  3. A student may select the catalog year under which he/she will complete the curriculum requirements for a degree/certificate and applies for graduation.

There are time limits to the catalog choices, including:

  • In no case may students use a catalog which is more than six years old at the time of graduation (ten years for the BAS degree). Students who fail to complete degree/certificate curriculum requirements within six years of their initial enrollment may use the next catalog in effect dating six years after their initial enrollment (ten years for the BAS degree).
  • Students applying to the nursing program must follow the catalog in effect at the time the program application is submitted.
  • If a degree or major is offered for the first time after a student has enrolled, the student may choose the catalog year in which the degree or major was first offered.

Students who are not sure which catalog year to follow are highly encouraged to meet with a counselor. Counselors can provide students with degree requirements from previous catalog years.

If a program offering a degree or certificate of achievement is discontinued, students will have six years to still obtain the degree or certificate if they are able to fulfill all requirements. 鶹Ƶ will work with students pursuing a discontinued program providing students declared the program as their educational objective and can demonstrate that they were making progress completing course requirements prior to the discontinuation of the program. Once a program has been discontinued, students may no longer declare the program as their educational objective.

Questions about catalog years may be directed to Admissions and Records at 775-445-3277 or admissions.records@wnc.edu

Effective summer semester 2022, Students are eligible to graduate with honors based on completion of 30 academic units at 鶹Ƶ for an associate degree or 60 academic units at 鶹Ƶ for a bachelors degree, excluding developmental courses.

Grade point average of 鶹Ƶ classes, excluding developmental classes, determines the honors designation:

  • 3.90 or higher = Summa Cum Laude
  • 3.75 or higher = Magna Cum Laude
  • 3.60 or higher = Cum Laude

Units and grades transferred from other institutions or other credit sources will not apply.

Graduating with Honors for Commencement

For spring commencement, honors that are announced at the ceremony and printed in the commencement program are calculated based on total units and classes completed at 鶹Ƶ prior to the applicable spring semester, including winter session classes. Spring semester classes that start after winter session are not included for honors announcements at commencement. Final honors are calculated after the conclusion of spring semester and commencement and posted on graduates transcripts.

Honors medals on neck ribbons will be provided to Honors eligible graduates as they check in at commencement.

Spring 2025 Commencement Ceremony

鶹Ƶ is proud of the accomplishments of our graduates and will plan a ceremony to celebrate their achievements. Information and dates will be announced by March of 2025. All graduating students are encouraged to participate in commencement ceremonies. Associate degrees and certificates of achievement are conferred for graduates from the spring semester and the summer and fall semesters preceding the spring semester ceremonies. Invitations are emailed to qualified students.

The tassel, cap and gown package may be purchased online from the campus bookstore before the ceremony; they will not be available at the ceremonies. 

The tassel, cap and gown package must be purchased online from the bookstore by the published deadline, in order to ensure on-time delivery for the ceremony, as they will not be available at the ceremonies for purchase.  Information will be provided with the invitations.

Students should type their name on the graduation application exactly as they would like it to appear on their diploma (name must match student records). 

Successfully completed degrees/certificates will be posted to students official transcripts within approximately 12 weeks after the end of the graduating semester in which the application was filed. Printed diplomas will be mailed to the student at the address indicated on the graduation application approximately 14-16 weeks after the end of the semester of application.

Additional questions or inquires should be directed to Admissions and Records at 775-445-3277 or admissions.records@wnc.edu

Students who continue taking classes at 鶹Ƶ after a degree or certificate is finalized should be aware that their degree status will be changed to non-degree seeking.

Students who plan to strive towards a different degree or certificate should declare this by submitting an online to Admissions and Records after the semester of their graduation date has ended.

This is especially important for students applying for financial aid; failure to declare a new degree could result in revocation of financial aid funds.