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Graduation FAQ

How can I find out what courses I need to earn my degree?
You can run your degree evaluation to view the courses needed to meet your degree requirements. You can access your degree evaluation by clicking on the Degree Evaluation link in the Road to Graduation channel on the My Resources tab of My Doghouse.

How many hours do I need to complete the AA (Associate of Arts) degree?
You need a total of 62 academic hours which consists of 35 core academic hours and 27 elective academic hours. You can find a list of the courses by clicking on the AA Degree Checklist link in the Road to Graduation channel on the My Resources tab of My Doghouse or on the Registration Information page on the Holmes Community College web site.

How many hours do I need to complete the AAS (Associate of Applied Science) degree or a Career/Technical certificate?
The number of hours needed to complete an AAS or a Career/Technical certificate varies and is program specific (All AAS degrees require at least 62 semester hours.) Both the program page in the Holmes CC District Bulletin and the degree evaluation for a specific program show the required number of hours to complete the degree or certificate.

What are residency hours and how many residency hours do I need in order to graduate?
To fulfill the residency requirement, you must earn a total of 16 semester hours or 25 percent of the degree requirements, whichever is greater, at Holmes CC.

What does my Holmes, overall, or program GPA need to be in order to graduate?
You must have a 2.0 Holmes GPA and 2.0 overall GPA for the AA (Associate of Arts) degree and for the AAS (Associate of Applied Science) degree. You must have a 2.0 program GPA for career-technical certificate programs.

Do repeated courses count toward the hours needed to graduate?
No, repeated courses do not count toward the hours needed to graduate, but you may repeat courses to help raise your GPA.

Do career-technical courses count toward the AA (Associate of Arts) degree?
No, career-technical courses do not count toward the AA (Associate of Arts) degree?

What are pre-core courses?
Pre-core courses are below college-level and are taught to help the student raise his/her skills in English, mathematics, or reading up to college-level courses.

Do pre-core courses count toward any degrees at Holmes Community College?
No, pre-core courses do not count toward any degrees at Holmes CC.

How do I apply for graduation?
You can apply for graduation by clicking on the Apply for Graduation link in the Road to Graduation channel on the My Resources tab of My Doghouse. You may also apply from the Graduation page on the Holmes Community College website.

How long does it take for the graduation application to be processed?
Please allow two weeks from the time you apply. You will receive an email through My Doghouse when your application has been processed.

How much is the graduation fee?
The graduation fee for the diploma with cover is $15. There is no charge for the diploma only. The graduation fee to march in the graduation ceremony is $35 which covers the cost of the diploma, cover, cap, and gown.

When is the graduation fee charged to my account?
The graduation fee (if applicable) will be billed to your account when the graduation application is processed and is non-refundable.

How do I pay the graduation fee?
You may pay the graduation fee by credit/debit/bulldog card online through My Doghouse or pay the fee by cash, check, or credit/debit/bulldog card at the Business Office of any campus.

If I do not meet my graduation requirements for a semester that I applied for, will I need to reapply for graduation?
Yes, you will need to reapply for graduation.

Are official transcripts from other colleges I previously attended required before I can receive my degree from Holmes?
Yes. All official transcripts from previously accredited colleges must be received by Holmes Community College in order to receive your degree.

When will I receive my diploma?
You will receive your diploma within three weeks of graduation.

How will my name appear on my diploma?
Your name will appear as you have entered it on your graduation application.

Where will my diploma be mailed?
Your diploma will be mailed to the address that is on file in the records office.

How can I have my diploma mailed to a different address?
You will have to change your address through the admissions office on the campus you attend or via My Doghouse. Click on the link Student Services in SSB in the Academic and Account Services channel on the My Holmes tab. For help, view the video on the Student Tutorials channel on the My Doghouse tab.

When and where is the graduation ceremony held?
The graduation ceremony is held in May of each year on the Goodman Campus.

How and when will I receive information about the graduation ceremony?
The Admissions and Records Office will mail information concerning the graduation ceremony to all graduation applicants in April.

How will I be lined up if I participate in the ceremony?
You will be lined up alphabetically by the last name that is on file in the records office, which may not be the last name you noted on your graduation application.

When will we have graduation practice?
We do not have a graduation practice.

How many tickets will I receive for the graduation ceremony?
The number of tickets is determined by the number of graduates participating in the graduation ceremony.

Do children have to have tickets for the graduation ceremony?
Yes, everyone attending the ceremony requires a ticket.

Whom should I contact if I have questions concerning my graduation application?
For questions concerning graduation applications for the AA or AAS degree, contact Lilly Austin, laustin@holmescc.edu or (662) 472-9146. For questions concerning graduation applications for the 1-year or 2-year certificate programs, contact Patti Koonz, pkoonz@holmescc.edu or (662) 472-9402.

Whom should I contact if I have questions about my diploma/certificate or about the graduation ceremony?
For questions concerning your diploma/certificate or about the graduation ceremony, contact Brenda Melton, bmelton@holmescc.edu or (662) 472-9020.

Whom should I contact if I have questions about my cap and gown or about graduation fees?
For questions concerning your cap and gown or about graduation fees, contact Jeri Jo McCleskey, jmccleskey@holmescc.edu or (662) 472-9037.

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