10.1 – Graduation Requirements

POLICY: To become eligible for an Associate Degree or Certificate from Spoon River College all students must fulfill the general requirements listed in the details below.


This policy applies to all eligible students.


  1. Student is encouraged to submit an Application for Degree or Certificate by October 1st for fall semester graduation, February 1st for spring semester graduation, and July 1st for summer semester graduation. Applications are available from all College sites or online.
  2. Student is encouraged to meet with an advisor to complete a degree audit. The degree audit must be attached to the Application for Degree or Certificate and must have the advisor’s signature.
  3. Student must meet the residency requirements with a minimum of 15 completed credit hours at Spoon River College. One-third of the total credit hours completed must be “in residence” for all other programs and certificates.
  4. Student must complete at least 60 credit hours in a planned degree program of study or the specific requirements of a certificate program.
  5. Student must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
  6. Student must fulfill all financial obligations to the college.
  7. Students are encouraged to participate in graduation exercises. Students completing work in December and July are invited to participate in the May graduation exercises. There is no fee for graduation; however, students participating in commencement exercises in May will purchase their cap and gown when submitting an Application for Degree or Certificate.
  8. Student must meet the graduation requirements as outlined in the Instructional program of the catalog year in effect at the time of the student’s initial enrollment in the college. If graduation requirements are not met within five years of the student’s initial enrollment at Spoon River College, the student must meet the graduation requirements specified in the catalog for the year of graduation.
  9. Student may elect to graduate under the most recent degree or certificate requirements if changes occur in graduation requirements subsequent to initial enrollment at Spoon River College.