Let us be the first to congratulate you on your upcoming graduation!
Here’s how to prepare for graduation*:
Step 1: At least one semester before you graduate log in to eWOLF and look at your Degree Check (located on your Student Tab / My Student Information). Degree Check is an online degree audit system. See instructions for Degree Check. If you have questions please see an Academic Advisor.
Step 2: If you have credit from another institution that you wish to apply toward your program of study at FRCC, complete a transfer credit evaluation request form by the graduation deadline for the term in which you wish to graduate and request that official transcripts from other institutions be mailed directly to FRCC. (Official transcripts by definition are mailed from one school to another. FRCC cannot accept transcripts that are hand-delivered.) Submit this form to the Admissions and Records Office at your campus. If you have approved credit for prior learning, the approval forms must also be submitted by the graduation application deadline.
Step 3: Apply for graduation by the Add/Drop deadline for the term in which you wish to graduate. Note that:
- The name you request to be printed on your diploma must match college records. To update your records, complete the demographic change form.
- The certificate/degree program on your graduation application must match your declared major. Refer to the catalog or log in to eWOLF to see your declared major.
- A separate graduation application is required for each certificate/degree.
Step 4: Take the CAAP test (College Assessment of Academic Proficiency). Sign up with the Testing Center at your campus at least two weeks in advance. Students earning an associate degree are required to take the CAAP test to receive a diploma, unless exempt. You may be exempt if:
- You are graduating with a certificate only
- Have taken a CAAP test previously
- Already have an A.A., A.S., bachelor's, or higher degree
Contact your campus Testing Center to discuss exemptions.
Step 5: If you have been assigned a grade of Incomplete, check to be sure the grade change is reflected on your unofficial transcript within four weeks of the end of the semester in which you submit a graduation application.
Commencement is the ceremony in which your degree and/or certificate is conferred at the end of the academic year. Caps and gowns are worn by students, and after all degrees and certificates have been conferred, students move the tassels on their caps from right to left. Attending commencement is optional, but highly recommended, since it is such a memorable and special event.
When is commencement?
Commencement is in May at the end of the spring semester. Students who graduate during the previous summer and fall semesters and the current spring semester are invited to participate in commencement.
Spring graduation applicants:
Commencement information will be sent to all students who have applied for graduation. Applicants will be notified of approval or disapproval approximately the first week of April, contingent upon successful completion of spring semester.
Visit the Campus Ceremonies pages for the Boulder County Campus, Larimer Campus, and Westminster Campus/Brighton Center graduation details.
When will I receive my diploma?
Diplomas will be mailed approximately eight weeks after the semester ends. Diplomas will not be issued to anyone who is required to take, but has not yet taken, the CAAP Exam, or to anyone who has a hold on their account.
* A student who applies for graduation can continue to take classes at FRCC. Students can apply for as many Certificates as they would like per term. Students may not be granted more than one academic degree or applied science degree during an academic year (for this purpose, each academic year begins with the summer semester). The hierarchy of academic degrees, from high to low, is A.S., A.A., and A.G.S. See more information about general requirements for degrees and certificates.