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A high school diploma or GED is required for graduation from all associate degree programs. All candidates for associate degrees, diplomas or certificates must meet the following requirements:
Once the above requirements have been met for the student’s declared major, all fees satisfied, and the student completes the graduation application, Piedmont Technical College will award the certificate, diploma or degree following the term of completion.
Students who do not apply to graduate during the term in which all program courses have been completed may still be awarded the completed certificate, diploma, or degree but will not be eligible to participate in the graduation ceremony of the term of completion or any future ceremonies unless an additional eligible certificate, diploma, or degree is earned.
Only students completing certificate, diploma, or degree programs of 30 hours or more are eligible to participate in the graduation ceremony.
Graduation is held in the James Medford Family Event Center on the Lex Walters Campus-Greenwood. Each student is allotted a designated number of tickets for guests to attend based upon the number of anticipated graduates and the capacity of the building. Fire code regulations dictate that everyone in attendance must have a ticket to enter the building. This includes infants and small children.
Curriculum department heads have the right to authorize course substitutions for those prescribed in the standard course outlines. Such substitutions may be necessary because:
Term to term conversion required course numbers to change;
Content of another course is deemed equivalent; or
The curriculum department head determines that it will meet the student’s educational objective.
The Transfer Back/Degree Completion Option is available to students who will transfer to another college before completing degrees, diplomas or certificates at Piedmont Technical College. Participants can transfer appropriate credits back to PTC to complete their programs of study and graduate. See the Registrar or your Academic Advisor for program details.
Students who graduate with 30 hours or more in certificate, diploma or degree programs with cumulative technology GPAs within the scale listed will be honored during commencement exercises. All honor graduates will wear the gold tassel, will have an honor seal affixed to their diplomas and will have their honor designation printed in the graduation bulletin. The student earning the highest GPA from each of the seven counties of Piedmont Technical College’s service area will also be presented a County Award plaque to honor his/her accomplishment. Only students receiving diplomas and associate degrees are eligible for the county awards.
The honor designations for graduation are:
Cum Laude: 3.50-3.74 Cumulative Program GPA
Magna Cum Laude: 3.75-3.99 Cumulative Program GPA
Summa Cum Laude: 4.00 Cumulative Program GPA