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Graduation Information

2020 Spring Graduation for Curriculum Students

Brunswick Community College (BCC) is excited to announce it will hold a special graduation ceremony for the 2020 graduation class on July 24th, 2020 at the Odell Williamson Auditorium (OWA). Our ceremony will be different this year, adhering to Governor Cooper’s social distancing guidelines as we graduate one-student-at-a time to honor and celebrate your achievements.

To accommodate all graduates, the class has been divided into five groups (see below). While social distancing, graduates will walk in the front door of OWA, down into the auditorium and across OWA’s stage to accept their diploma.

You should have been notified regarding which group you are assigned to and the following Group assignment arrival times:

Group A, Arrive at 8:30 am July 24 (for 9-10 procession)

**Park in OWA parking lot (parking lot 8) – SEE MAP ATTACHED, wait in car until summoned to stand in line

Group B, Arrive at 9:45 am July 24 (for 10-11 procession)

**Park in Parking Lot 7 – SEE MAP ATTACHED, once the OWA lot is empty, convoy by police escort to Parking Lot 8, wait in car until summoned to stand in line

Group C, Arrive at 10:45 am July 24 (for 11-12 procession)

**Park in Parking Lot 7 – SEE MAP ATTACHED, once the OWA lot is empty, convoy by police escort to Parking Lot 8, wait in car until summoned to stand in line

Group D, Arrive at 11:45 am July 24 (for 12-1 procession)

**Park in Parking Lot 7 – SEE MAP ATTACHED, once the OWA lot is empty, convoy by police escort to Parking Lot 8, wait in car until summoned to stand in line

Group E, Arrive at 12:45 pm July 24 (for 1-2 procession)

**Park in Parking Lot 7 – SEE MAP ATTACHED, once the OWA lot is empty, convoy by police escort to Parking Lot 8, wait in car until summoned to stand in line.

 

Come in your cap, gown and cords, and BCC Lapel pin on the right side of your gown. (The BCC Lapel pin was in your baggy with your cords).

You may bring 2 guests with you to accompany you. Your guests may enter OWA with you and accompany you down to the stage.

Masks are required for both graduates and guests.

For those graduates not able to participate in the Commencement ceremony, diplomas may be picked up on or after July 27th, Building A, Office of Student Services (Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Friday 9:00 – 12:00 p.m.). If you are unable to come to campus let us know and we can mail your diploma to you after we have verified a valid mailing address.

BCC Graduation Map with line up along building

Live Stream of the Commencement Ceremony

This year, BCC will be STREAMING the Commencement Ceremony LIVE so you can stay in the comfort of your home and be a part of the 2020 Commencement ceremony and celebration.  Below is the link for the Graduation live STREAM video:  https://www.facebook.com/BrunswickCommunityCollege/

The ceremony and live stream begins at 9:00 July 24th.  This will be available to all for about a week to view after the fact.

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Applying to Graduate

All students, regardless of program, must apply to graduate at BCC, via Self Service.  Graduation Applications are only accepted during the semester during which you will complete your program (though Summer students can apply during the Spring semester).  Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on the stated deadline.

If graduating at the end of the Fall term, graduation applications are due to the Registrar’s office by September 15.

If graduating at the end of the Spring or Summer term, graduation applications are due to the Registrar’s office by February 15.

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In accordance with state and federal policy, a student will only be graduated from the highest-level status within a program in a given semester (i.e. An Associate in Arts student will only be awarded the A.A. degree, but not both the A.A. and Core Diploma in Arts. He or she may, however, receive both an A.A. and A.S. degree in a given semester.).

Cap & Gown Orders

To participate in the graduation ceremony, students must purchase a cap, gown, and tassel. These are available for ordering through the BCC Bookstore. The cost of cap and gowns is usually approximately $45, including tax. Students with a significant financial hardship which may prevent them from purchasing a cap and gown to participate in graduation should stop by the Office of the Registrar for more information.

Graduation Ceremony

BCC has one graduation ceremony per academic year in May for all graduates. Summer graduates are permitted to participate in graduation, provided they are registered for the last courses necessary to complete their program(s).

The graduation ceremony is not a certification of your graduation from the college, as your final grades and readiness for graduation must still be evaluated, and all outstanding debts to the college must be resolved before your are designated a “graduate” of the college for employment and educational purposes.

Graduation Honors

BCC bestows upon graduates a series of graduation honors, recognizing academic achievement and membership in certain student organizations or activities on-campus.
Academic Achievement:  Students graduating from associate degree or diploma programs of study are eligible for the following graduation honors, based upon his/her cumulative program GPA at the conclusion of the fall semester:

Associate Degree Graduates’ Honors:  The President’s Award is given annually to one associate degree graduate with the highest cumulative GPA among the pool of graduates. In the event of a tie, the number of credit hours and programs of study completed at the College are used to determine the recipient. This individual is recognized during the graduation ceremony and is presented with a keepsake in recognition of his/her achievement.

A student graduating with a cumulative GPA of a 3.90 or higher in his/her program of study will be deemed to graduate Summa Cum Laude, or “with the highest honors.”

A student graduating with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 to 3.89 in his/her program of study will be deemed to graduate Magna Cum Laude, or “with high honors.”

A student graduating with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 to 3.74 in his/her program of study will be deemed to graduate Cum Laude, or “with honors.”

Diploma Graduates Honors:  A student graduating from a diploma program with a cumulative GPA of a 3.50 or higher in his/her program of study will be deemed an “Honor Graduate.“

The above honors are both noted in the graduation program and on the student’s printed credentials. Graduation ceremony participants are additionally provided with one gold honor cord to wear with their regalia, regardless of if he/she has completed more than one program of study with “honors.”

Other Distinctions:  Honor cords or stoles are provided (at no cost to the student) to those who elect to participate in the graduation ceremony and are part of the following student organizations or activities on-campus:
• Brunswick County Early College
• National Technical Honor Society
• Phi Theta Kappa
• Student Government Association
• Varsity Athletics
• Veteran

Note: Students should not order cords and other items from their organization of the College’s cap and gown provider (other than for a personal keepsake). To ensure uniformity, graduates are only permitted to wear College-issued honor cords and stoles.

Students who do not wish to participate in the graduation ceremony, or wish to obtain duplicate cords for display purposes may do so after the graduation ceremony at cost.

GED/Adult High School Diploma Students

•To participate in the graduation ceremony, you will also be required to purchase a cap and gown during the ordering dates. However, you will not submit an Application for Graduation to the Office of the Registrar. Please contact Foundational Studies at 910.755.7386 for more information on how to apply.

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