GraduationStudents are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the detailed requirements of their chosen degrees and for preparing themselves to meet those requirements.

Spring 2016 Commencement Exercises will be held on Saturday, May 14th at 10 am and 2 pm. Students who complete the application for graduation will be mailed detailed information regarding rehearsal and program times in April. 

Dr. Belle S.Wheelan, President of Southern Association of Colleges and Schools-Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) will deliver the commencement address, at both ceremonies, on the 14th of May as part of the College's 70th Anniversary Celebration. 

Deadlines for applying for graduation are:

  • July 15 – August graduation
  • November 1 – December graduation
  • April 1 – May graduation

Students must complete and submit to the Office of Admissions and Registration Application for Graduation Form.  Caps and gowns are ordered through the WCJC bookstores as are graduation announcements.

Students that graduate in August or December have the opportunity to walk in the May graduation ceremony, as there is only one walking ceremony per year.

General requirements for graduation for the Associate of Arts degree or the Associate of Applied Science degree are as follows:

  1. All entrance requirements must be fulfilled.

  2. Candidates who entered college after the fall of 1989 must demonstrate proficiency in basic skills either by passing all three sections (Reading, Writing, Math) of an approved Texas Success Initiative Assessment Instrument or by successfully completing course work that verifies the candidates basic skills proficiency or by providing proof of exemptions of the Texas Success Initiative. 

  3. All financial obligations must be met.

  4. At least sixty semester hours must be earned. 

  5. A grade point average of at least 2.0 ("C") must be earned. 

  6. Candidates must complete at least twenty-four semester hours at Wharton County Junior College.

  7. Candidates must complete at least fifteen hours of sophomore-level courses.

  8. When requirements for a degree are completed, diplomas are mailed to the address provided by the graduate.
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