GRADUATION FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Everything You Need to Know About Graduation
In order to earn a KCC degree, you will need to meet the following requirements:
- Be matriculated during your last term of attendance at Kingsborough.
- Earn 60 credits (or the specific credit requirement for your major) meeting the specific course requirements for your degree.
- Have a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average at the end of your last term.
- Have passed a Writing Intensive Course (WIC) if you entered Kingsborough in Fall 2010 or after.
- Meet any required grading requirements for the course(s) (such as a minimum grade of "C" in nursing courses).
- Have passed the CUNY Reading, Writing, and Mathematics assessment examinations.
- Have completed two Civic Engagement (CE) interactions if you are a Pathways student; click here for a list of Civic Engagement courses.
- Apply for graduation in CUNYfirst using your student center. When the filing period is open, click on the "Apply for Graduation" link to proceed with your application. If the link is not visible, you may not be eligible to apply at this time. See your Academic Advisor for more information. Only students who have discontinued status will be permitted to apply in person at the Registrar's Office. Consult the Academic Calendar for opening and closing filing dates.
Please Note: Records are not automatically evaluated for graduation eligibility once you have accumulated 60 credits. You must file an official graduation application. Otherwise, your academic record will not be reviewed.
Once you apply for graduation, the Registrar's graduation staff evaluates your record and determines whether you have met the degree requirements. Letters are mailed to only those students who have deficiencies; you will be informed in writing of what degree requirements you are missing. It is the student's responsibility to fulfill his or her specific degree requirements upon filing for graduation. If the requirements are not met at the end of the filing semester, you must reapply for graduation to be re-evaluated. Original applications are not automatically reactivated for future consideration. All degrees awarded will be posted on your academic transcript, beginning the last day of business of the months of June (for Spring degrees), August (for Summer degrees), or January (for Fall degrees). Please Note: Degrees are not awarded at the end of the Winter module, and Winter module coursework does not count backwards towards a January (Fall) degree. Students completing their courses during the winter must file in the spring for a June degree (dates are posted on the Academic Calendar).
IMPORTANT NOTE--Participation in the Commencement Ceremony does not signify graduation. It is merely attending the ceremony. Students also should never file for consideration of a June degree if they are completing their coursework during the summer. Early filing of an ineligible application for a June (spring) degree does not mean automatic reactivation for summer; all students who file a graduation application and are not approved for graduation must refile.
CUNY + KCC have partnered with Parchment
All graduates are sent a physical paper diploma, as well as a digital version, both sent by Parchment. Students should look for an email from Parchment after their conferral date. Diplomas will be mailed to the current address approximately 3 weeks after the conferral date:
- Fall Conferral- Last day of January
- Spring Conferral- Last day of June
- Summer Conferral – Last day of August
A duplicate diploma costs $30.
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You can also fill out this form ( https://www.kbcc.cuny.edu/registrar/documents/DuplicateDiplomApplication.pdf ) and contact the Registrar's Office in writing to request a replacement. A check or money order should be made payable to the KCC Association. Please allow adequate processing time for a reorder to be placed and received - reorders generally take four to six weeks to be processed.
Commencement is held in June at the end of the spring semester. Actual (official) graduates from the previous August and January are invited as well as potential graduates who have filed for June. After you have filed for your degree, you will receive information in April from the Student Life Office regarding commencement.
Please Note: Attendance at commencement does not signify graduation. Your academic records will be reviewed for a final evaluation once final grades are posted, and a final determination of your graduation status will be made at that time.