2013-2014 catalog 
    May 28, 2022  
2013-2014 catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graduation Requirements

From the beginning of a college career at Brookdale, students must be aware of the requirements for graduation for their particular program. These requirements include the general education component specified for each type of degree (see General Education ) plus the career studies that may be listed as set requirements or may involve choices. All of these are listed in the individual program descriptions that can be found here . Counselors work with students in selecting courses geared toward graduation and toward meeting the student’s academic, personal and career goals. The courses necessary for award of Brookdale certificates are also clearly listed in the catalog. No more than 50% of the credits towards a degree can be accepted from another college or from CLEP and other equivalency testing programs toward Brookdale graduation. In addition, half of a program’s career studies credits must be earned at Brookdale. For certificates, one half of the total credits must be earned at Brookdale. A candidate for a degree, diploma or certificate must attain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) or higher.

Students who wish to graduate from Brookdale should be aware that, in most cases, the final 15 credits toward a degree or certificate must be taken at Brookdale. In certain cases, the Dean of Enrollment Development and Student Affairs may waive this requirement, and students may earn their final 15 credits at another institution. The student develops a contract, working with the counselor and the Dean, to transfer credits back to Brookdale. The contract will be filed with the student’s records. When students meet the contract’s terms, they should apply to the Dean for a Brookdale degree and be ready to show that the contract’s terms were met.

The graduation requirements in force during a degree student’s first term are those by which the courses will be selected and evaluated for graduation. Should a program change during a student’s tenure at Brookdale, the student may still graduate by meeting the requirements in force during the first term of that program. Students who withdraw for a year and are later re-admitted or change programs must follow graduation requirements in effect in the re-entry term. In rare circumstances, a course substitution may be made for a program requirement. Academic Division Dean Approval is required for the substitution.

Exceptions to all these rules may be made for persons attending Brookdale as members of the Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC).

Candidates for an Associate Degree or Certificate are expected to conform to the graduation requirements which are in effect during the term in which they originally matriculated in that program or term readmitted following one year of non-attendance. A Candidacy for Graduation Request Form must be filed with a Counselor by students who wish to receive an Associate Degree or Certificate from Brookdale Community College. The Candidacy for Graduation Request Form should be filed at the beginning of the term in which the student plans to complete requirements for graduation. This form must be submitted to their counselor by the deadlines listed below:

Summer II & III Term – July 1
Fall Term – October 15
Winterim – December 7
Spring & Summer I – February 15

Each year, candidates for graduation will be charged a fee (amount to be set each year) to cover graduation expenses, such as cap and gown, diploma, etc.

Commencement exercises are held in May each year. Notification to candidates is sent in March and diplomas are mailed within 12 weeks after certification.