Degree and Certificate Requirements
To graduate, students must:
- Earn a minimum of 60 credit hours, exclusive of basic, developmental and continuing education courses. Of these, at least 24 must be earned at Delaware County Community College. Of the 24 hours of DCCC credit required for graduation, at least 15 hours must be in graded courses (courses for which grade points are issued) for the associate degree. Not more than 12 credit hours may be transferred back after completing attendance at this college. A maximum of three credits of physical education activities may be applied toward the 60 credit hours.
- Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) or higher.
- Complete the approved curriculum satisfactorily. Curricula are itemized lists of courses and credits required for professional and technical competence. Additional curricula will be published in a series of special student bulletins. All approved curricula include courses required by the laws of the State of Pennsylvania and general education requirements.
Certificate of Proficiency
Delaware County Community College will award a certificate of proficiency to students who complete 30 credits of an approved career program. These credits will not normally include physical education, developmental, basic and/or continuing education courses and will usually consist of 24 credits in the career specialty and six credits in general education. Exceptions may be made upon recommendation of the Academic Affairs Committee. At least 50 percent of the credits must be earned at Delaware County Community College. The student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. At least six credit hours must be in courses that are awarded grade points.
Certificate of Competency
The College will award a certificate of competency to students who complete an approved credit-bearing career program that requires less than 30 credits. General education courses may not be required for programs that have less than 30 credits. The student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. At least six credit hours must be in courses that are awarded grade points.
Application for Graduation
Applications for graduation are available at the Main Campus Student Records Office, and at off-campus locations, in October, March, and June for December, May and August graduations respectively.
A student who has already received a Delaware County Community College degree or certificate may qualify for an additional degree by 1) meeting the requirements of the additional curriculum, and 2) completing at least 12 credits at DCCC subsequent to those received for the previous degree or certificate.
For Delaware County Community College degree holders, the curriculum leading to an additional degree or certificate must be different from that of the previous degree(s). A degree in General Studies may not be earned as an additional degree.
For Delaware County Community College certificate holders, the curriculum leading to an additional certificate must be different from that of the previous certificate(s), and the curriculum leading to a first degree can be the same as or different from that of the certificate.
Students who complete all requirements for two degrees at the same time may receive two diplomas. Students must inform their advisors of the intent to follow two degree programs. They must file two separate graduation applications, and pay two graduation fees.
Graduation with Honors
The associate degree or certificate will be granted “With Honors” if a student earns an overall average of 3.0 (B) in all courses applicable to the degree or certificate. For those students with an overall average of 3.5, the award will be “With High Honors.”