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Spring Graduation Application Deadline

Sunday, March 15, 2015

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 for all degree requirements for the technical program major in Associate of Applied Science Degree or Certificate programs
  • 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.

  1. Meet with your Advisor for a degree or certificate audit.
  2. Complete Spring 2015 Graduation Application and the online ACES application with your advisor!  <<<(Print paper application!)
  3. Bring Alamo GPS Audit and Graduation paper application to Admissions & Records, Palomino Center room 117.


March 15, 2015

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 .

Degree/Certificate Awarding

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 2015 Commencement

Spring 2015 Commencement
Summer 2014 graduates, Fall 2014 graduates, Spring 2015 graduates and students with less than 6 hours to complete in Summer 2015 and are candidates for graduation, are invited to participate in the Commencement Ceremony.  The Spring 2015 Commencement is scheduled for Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the Harry Freeman Coliseum. 

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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 .

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

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Admissions & Records (PC-117)