Nicolet College holds a graduation ceremony at the end of Fall and Spring Semesters. Participation in the graduation ceremony is optional to all graduating students. Students wishing to participate in the graduation ceremony will need to meet the established deadlines for declaring their intention to participate in the ceremony and ordering the required cap and gown.
Certificates, Degrees, and Diplomas
Students earning a certificate, technical diploma, or associate degree must complete the approved program requirements. Additionally, each candidate for a diploma or degree will meet the following criteria:
- Possess a minimum GPA of 2.00 ("C") on all credits to be applied toward satisfying degree or diploma requirements. Individual programs may require a "C" or better in each course.
- Earn at Nicolet College a minimum of 25% of the required technical studies, occupational specific, or liberal arts credits. These established minimums cannot be met through advanced standing.
- Complete a program of courses approved by the instructional administration.
- Be in academic good standing at the time that final credits are earned.
- Satisfy all financial and other institutional obligations.
If you’re completing a certificate, diploma, or degree you must complete a Graduation Petition in the term in which your final course(s) are completed. Graduation Petitions are due by November 1 if you will complete your coursework in the Fall Semester, or by March 15 if you will complete your coursework in the Spring/Summer Semester. If you plan to participate in the graduation ceremony, you must complete an Intent to Participate form in addition to the petition. There is no additional fee for participating in graduation.
Graduation with Academic Honors
Students who earn the distinction of Academic Honors are recognized with gold or silver cords at the graduation ceremony. Academic Honors are determined from the student’s last fully graded semester prior to graduation and recognized as follows: Gold Cord Scholars are graduates of two-year associate degree or two-year diploma programs who achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher. Silver Cord Scholars are graduates of one-year diploma programs who achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher. Students are presented their cords at the graduation ceremony, and the honor is noted in the graduation program.