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Graduation is not automatic. In order to initiate the graduation process, students must submit a graduation application to the Records Office.

Graduation Application

The Records Office accepts applications and certifies your eligibility for graduation three times each year, at the end of the fall, spring and summer semesters.  You must submit your completed graduation application by the dates listed below:

Fall – November 1st
Spring – April 1st
Summer – June 1st

Pre-Graduation Reception

A pre-graduation reception will take place in the QVCC cafeteria.  If you are planning to walk in the ceremony, you should plan to attend.  Due to limited space, this event is for graduates only. Distribution of caps and gowns, as well as honors recognition will take place.

RSVP to Donna Bayer-Carreaux or call 860.932.4020

Communications Regarding Graduation

It is critical that you set up your Microsoft Office 365 college email. Your graduation audits will be sent to this account.  If you plan to participate in the May ceremony, information regarding caps and gowns, tickets for the ceremony, and general information about the ceremony will be sent to this email address.  The college website will also have the most up-to-date information regarding the ceremony.

Commencement Student Speaker

Every spring, a committee composed of faculty and staff selects a graduating student to serve as the commencement speaker. Students who are graduating during the summer, fall or spring term and plan to attend the commencement ceremony in May are encouraged to apply.  Access the Graduation Speaker page here.


To graduate with honors, you must have earned  at least 30 of the credits accepted for graduation at QVCC.  If you have a grade of “I” (Incomplete), you are ineligible for graduation honors. Courses taken at other institutions are not included in computing honor status. Graduation honors are:

  • Summa Cum Laude or Highest Honors: GPA equal to 3.9 to 4.0
  • Magna Cum Laude or High Honors: GPA equal to 3.7 to 3.89
  • Cum Laude or Honors: GPA equal to 3.4 to 3.69

President’s Award

Given each year at commencement, the college makes an award to the degree graduate with the highest academic average with at least 45 credits earned in residence at QVCC. This is known as the President’s Award.

Honor Societies

The College has a chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, a national community college academic honor society; Alpha Beta Gamma, a national community college honor society for business students; Epsilon Pi Tau, a national honor society for engineering and technology students; and Tau Upsilon Alpha, a national honor society for human services students.

QVCC Alumni Association

Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of what we hope will be a lifelong relationship with Quinebaug Valley Community College. Be part of the Alumni Association!