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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, Commencement plans are being continually reviewed. The following are some frequently asked questions regarding Commencement and graduation. Please note that the information below is subject to change. Updates concerning Commencement and graduation events will be sent to your Rowan-Cabarrus email account.

Graduation Information Flyer

What will my graduation date be?  If you satisfactorily complete your program of study at the end of the fall 2020 semester, your graduation date will be December 16, 2020.

When will my graduation be posted on my transcript?  Fall graduation will be documented on transcripts by mid-January.

Will there be a fall Commencement Ceremony (graduation ceremony)?  The fall ceremony is scheduled for December 18, 2020 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway and will include graduates from fall 2019, spring 2020, summer 2020 and fall 2020.

Will I get to walk across the stage?  Graduates will drive across the finish line with their family and friends. A college official will hand each graduate his/her diploma cover.

Will my family and friends still be able to attend the graduation ceremony?  Yes, each graduate will be allowed to bring one personal vehicle with family/friends inside. Motorcycles, Limousines, 10-15 passenger vans, RVs, buses, cars with trailers, commercial vehicles, or other non-personal vehicles are prohibited. Pickup trucks are allowed, but passengers may not ride in the bed of the truck.

How will I get my cap and gown?  Caps and gowns will be available for pick up at the Graduation Fairs, which will be on December 8 at North Campus (Salisbury) and December 9 at South Campus (Concord). Times are 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. If you are not in the area or unable to attend one of the Graduation Fairs, contact

When will I receive my diploma?  Degree, diploma and certificate documents for fall graduates are scheduled to be mailed by the end of February.

Rowan-Cabarrus does not have an application for graduation. Graduation eligibility is determined by the Registrar’s office.

Degree, Diploma, and Certificate Requirements

Students who successfully complete the Arts and Sciences program will earn the Associate in Arts degree, Associate in Engineering, Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts degree or Associate in Science degree.  The Associate in Applied Science degree is awarded to students who successfully complete a two-year Applied Science programs. Diplomas and certificates are available in many of the Associate in Applied Science programs.

For most programs, a student is eligible for graduation when they have satisfied the specific requirements of the college and the program for which they are enrolled, completed a minimum of 25% of required hours at Rowan-Cabarrus, and have earned a program grade point average of at least 2.0. Students accepted into programs with competitive entrance requirements may have to meet other graduation criteria.

Students continuously enrolled may graduate using the catalog under which initially enrolled or the current catalog (please see an advisor if you wish to update your catalog year). As outlined in Maintaining an Active Record, a student’s record will be made inactive if they do not enroll for two consecutive terms (summer term excluded). If a student’s record is made inactive, the catalog year will be updated based on the semester the student returns.

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they have met all program and course requirements to earn their degree, diploma, and/or certificate.

Course Residency Requirement

A minimum of 25% of the total number of credit hours required for graduation in a particular program must be taken at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. No more than 75% of required credit hours can be accepted for transfer credit.

Graduation Honors

Students who earn a grade-point average of 3.5 through 3.99 in their degree or diploma will graduate “With Honors.” Those students who earn a 4.0 in their degree of diploma will graduate “With High Honors.” These designations are printed on degrees and diplomas. All courses required in the student program must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher to be eligible for honors.

Students who earn Honors or High Honors will be provided with a gold cord to wear at the graduation ceremony.

Graduation Ceremony

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 May Commencement has been has been postponed and will be held on December 18, 2020.  Graduates from the Fall of 2019, Spring of 2020, Summer 2020, and Fall of 2020 are eligible to participate in this ceremony.

Commencement is normally held at the end of spring semester. To participate in the graduation ceremony, you are expected to successfully complete your program requirements:

  • in the Fall semester prior to the ceremony
  • in the Spring semester of the ceremony
  • or be enrolled in your final courses in the Summer semester following the ceremony

Participation in the graduation ceremony is not an indication of meeting graduation requirements.

Graduation Events

Students planning to participate in the Graduation Ceremony (Commencement) must attend the Graduation Fair to pick up tickets, cap, gown and tassel. Commencement is held at the end of the Spring semester. The specific dates for graduation activities are listed in the academic calendar.