Fall 2016 Graduation Application Deadline
October 31, 2016
Meet the Requirements
To be awarded an Associate Degree or Certificate students must:
- Complete all required courses and semester credit hours for the specific degree or certificate
- Achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all course work completed at the Alamo Colleges (excluding developmental-level coursework) as well as courses successfully completed at all other colleges and universities that apply to the student’s degree or certificate program at the Alamo Colleges
- Submit official transcripts of all coursework attempted at other colleges and universities
- Earn a grade of “C” or better in all technical courses directly relating
to the technical program, i.e. Associate of Applied Science Degree or
- Earn at least 25% of degree hours required for graduation in residency at the college of the Alamo Colleges granting the degree or certificate
- Fulfill all Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements.
- Be in Good Academic Standing at the end of the term the student is receiving the award
Steps to Apply
Meet with your faculty advisor or designated certified advisor to ensure you are ready to graduate. Verify that your major and catalog year for the degree or certificate you are pursuing is up to date. Changes to the major must be completed at Admissions and Records, Palomino Center, Room 117.
- Meet with your Advisor for a degree or certificate audit.
- Complete Graduation Application and the online ACES application with your advisor! <<<(Print paper application!)
- Bring Alamo GPS Audit and Graduation paper application to Admissions & Records, Palomino Center room 117.
FALL 2016 DEADLINE
October 31, 2016
Submit completed applications to Admissions & Records, Palomino Center 117.
Notification of Graduation Status
Students will be notified through their ACES email or by mail regarding any information pertaining to Graduation. Students can inquire by email pac-Graduation@alamo.edu .
The term “Latin” refers to the Latin words used for this type of honors designation – Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude.
Latin honors is based solely on the cumulative GPA at the time of graduation. To graduate with Latin Honors, students must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher (excluding developmental course work, transfer coursework, and any courses earning a grade of “CR”)
Cum Laude requires a cumulative GPA of 3.5-3.79.
Magna Cum Laude requires a cumulative GPA of 3.8-3.99.
Summa Cum Laude requires a cumulative GPA of 4.0.
Students should note that in order to be designated as Latin honors in the commencement ceremony and program, they must have met the GPA requirements prior to the term of their graduation, and be enrolled in at least one term at an Alamo College two years prior to graduation. Please also note that Latin Honors recognition for commencement is based on cumulative GPA at the time of commencement and does not include grades for the Spring semester because grades are not finalized. Latin honors will be officially designated on your transcript if cumulative GPA meets honors requirements at the time the degree is awarded.
A final Alamo GPS degree audit must be completed before a degree is officially awarded. Degrees will be posted on transcripts 30 days after the close of the semester. Diplomas will be mailed 60 days after the close of the semester.
Spring 2017 Commencement
Spring 2017 Commencement
Summer 2016 graduates, Fall 2016 graduates, Spring 2017 graduates and students with less than 6 hours to complete in Summer 2017 and are candidates for graduation, are invited to participate in the Commencement Ceremony. The Spring 2016 Commencement is scheduled for TBA at the Freeman Coliseum.
Cap and gown pick up is scheduled for TBA from 10am-6pm in the Student Center Annex. Please join us in celebrating all you have accomplished, completing your 2016 Graduation Survey as well as picking up your Alumni t-shirt and graduation cap and gown.
Congratulations on your accomplishments!
Visit our Alumni & Friends Page: alamo.edu/pac/alumni
Graduation vs. Commencement
Graduation – The process of being awarded a degree or certificate. To be awarded a degree or certificate, candidates must meet with their certified advisor or faculty advisor, have a degree or certificate audit completed and must apply for graduation and meet all degree or certificate requirements. Graduation occurs three times in the academic year: Fall, Spring and Summer.
Commencement – The congratulatory ceremony (walking across the stage) held at the end of each Spring semester in which the attainment of a degree or certificate is recognized by the College, family, friends and community. Actual degree or certificate is not awarded at the commencement ceremony.
Invest in Yourself - GRADUATE
DO YOU HAVE 30 COLLEGE LEVEL HOURS OR MORE? Students are encouraged to meet with their certified advisor or faculty advisor each semester prior to registration, but at least one semester prior to their anticipated graduation date to get a degree audit completed. Students should apply for graduation during the semester they plan to complete all requirements for their degree or certificate.
STUDENTS PLANNING TO TRANSFER - Invest in Yourself - GRADUATE! Students planning to transfer to a four-year university to complete a Bachelor's degree may be eligible to receive an Associate degree based on completion of the first two years of work on an approved transfer plan. For more information email pac-Graduation@alamo.edu .
Why You Should Get an Associate's Degree
An associate degree is a milestone in your educational journey.
Graduation from PAC is an accomplishment that shows you have achieved a goal. You will also serve as a role model for your family and others in your community to further their education.
If you plan to obtain a four year degree, you can usually get an Associate degree as you take courses that count towards your Bachelor's degree.
It’s like getting a bonus degree on the path to the Bachelor’s degree! Go ahead and apply on ACES you've earned it!
It can increase your competitive ability in the job market.
Individuals with an Associate degree earn at least $7,000 or higher annual income than high school graduates and are less likely to be unemployed during their lifetime.
You can enhance your job skills in high-demand areas.
Many programs at PAC are in high-demand fields such as pre-nursing, business, computer information systems, education, accounting and pre-med. The credentials needed to enter these exciting, well-paying careers are obtainable at PAC.
The associate degree provides for a smoother transition for transfer.
An associate degree includes the core curriculum which must be accepted by all Texas public colleges and universities.
You'll gain added incentive and encouragement.
Once you formally graduate from PAC, you will feel empowered to succeed at the next level. As a Palo Alto graduate, transfer student, family member or simply a PAC enthusiast with a love for our beloved campus, we encourage you to join us alamo.edu/pac/alumni/.