GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS


GRADUATION INFORMATION


A formal commencement ceremony is held annually at the end of the spring semester. Commencement is for those students who are completing requirements during that spring semester or who have completed requirements during the preceding summer or fall semesters.

To be considered as a candidate for a degree or certificate, the student should submit an online graduation application by the designated deadline:

Completing in fall semester – October 1
Completing in spring semester – March 1
Completing in a summer term – July 1

Hill College does review student coursework for automatic degree or certificate awards, but students are encouraged to apply for graduation during the semester they will meet the requirements of the degree or certificate. Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered the following semester.

TYPES OF DEGREES AND CERTIFICATES

Hill College grants the:
1. Associate of Arts Degree
2. Associate of Science Degree
3. Associate of Arts in Teaching Degree
4. Associate of Applied Science Degree
5. Certificate of Technology
6. Certificate of Completion
7. Occupational Skills Award


Hill College can grant up to one Associate degree for each degree level in the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Arts in Teaching if all requirements are met. Students can earn multiple Associate of Applied Science degrees, Certificate of Technology and Certificate of Completion certificates if requirements are met for each award.


The curriculum for the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associates of Arts in Teaching degrees are designed for the student planning to transfer to a senior college or university.
The Associate of Applied Science degree is awarded for successful completion of a two-year prescribed occupational competencies and curriculum.


The Certificate of Technology is awarded to those who complete the technical competencies of a two-year occupational curriculum.


The Certificate of Completion is awarded for successful completion of competencies and curriculum in an occupational program of less than two years in length.


An Occupational Skills Award is a sequence of technical-based credit courses totaling 9-14 semester credit hours (SCH) within an approved program of study.


Associate of Arts Degree


The Associate of Arts Degree from Hill College will be granted to the student who has made formal application for graduation and who completes the following requirements:
1. The student must complete a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit.*
2. The student must complete all core curriculum / general education requirements for graduation.
3. The student must complete at least three or four electives in their major or the major of Liberal Arts will be awarded.
4. The student must earn at least 25 percent of the credit hours required for the degree at Hill College.
5. The student must have a 2.0 grade point average on all work from Hill College.
6. The student must satisfy the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements in reading, writing, and mathematics, unless exempt.
7. The student must have satisfactorily settled all college financial obligations.
*Developmental courses may not be counted or used as hours towards the Associate of Arts Degree.
Associate of Science Degree


The Associate of Science Degree from Hill College will be granted to the student who has made formal application for graduation and who completes the following requirements:
1. The student must complete a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit.*
2. The student must complete all core curriculum / general education requirements for graduation.
3. The student must complete at least three or four electives in Science and/or Mathematics.
4. The student must earn at least 25 percent of the credit hours required for the degree at Hill College.
5. The student must have a 2.0 grade point average on all work from Hill College.
6. The student must satisfy the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements in reading, writing, and mathematics, unless exempt.
7. The student must have satisfactorily settled all college financial obligations.
*Developmental courses may not be counted or used as hours towards the Associate of Science Degree.


Associate of Arts in Teaching Degree


The Associate of Arts in Teaching Degree from Hill College is for students seeking initial Texas teacher certification either in EC-4 (except Early Childhood Specialization), 4-8, EC-12 or in Early Childhood Specialization only. The degree will be granted to the student who has made formal application for graduation and who completes the following requirements:
1. The student must complete a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit.*
2. The student must complete all core curriculum / general education requirements for graduation.
3. The student must complete at least three or four electives in their major or the major of Liberal Arts will be awarded.
4. The student must earn at least 25 percent of the credit hours required for the degree at Hill College.
5. The student must have a 2.0 grade point average on all work from Hill College.
6. The student must satisfy the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements in reading, writing, and mathematics, unless exempt.
7. The student must have satisfactorily settled all college financial obligations.
*Developmental courses may not be counted or used as hours towards the Associate of Arts in Teaching Degree.


Associate of Applied Science Degree


The Associate of Applied Science Degree from Hill College will be granted to the student who has made formal application for graduation and who completes the following requirements:
1. The student must complete a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit.*
2. As part of the minimum 60 semester hour degree requirement, the student must complete a minimum of 15 semester hours of general education courses. The core of general education courses must include at least a 3 semester credit hours (SCH) from each of the following areas: humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, and mathematics/natural sciences.
3. The student must complete the prescribed competencies and curriculum for a two-year occupational program as outlined in the degree plan listed under Career Pathways.
4. The student must earn at least 25 percent of the credit hours required for the degree at Hill College.
5. The student must have a 2.0 grade point average on all work from Hill College.
6. The student must satisfy the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements in reading, writing, and mathematics, unless exempt.
7. The student must have satisfactorily settled all college financial obligations.
*Developmental courses may not be counted or used as hours towards the Associate of Applied Science Degree.


Certificate of Technology


The Certificate of Technology from Hill College will be granted to the student who has made formal application for graduation and who completes the following requirements:
1. The student must complete between 30-51 semester hours of credit.*
2. The student must complete the prescribed technical competencies and curriculum for the occupational program as outlined in this catalog under Career Pathways.
3. The student must earn at least 25 percent of the credit hours required for the degree at Hill College.
4. The student must have a 2.0 grade point average on all work from Hill College.
5. The student must satisfy the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements in reading, writing, and mathematics, unless exempt.
6. The student must have satisfactorily settled all college financial obligations.
*Developmental courses may not be counted or used as hours towards the Certificate of Technology.


Certificate of Completion


The Certificate of Completion from Hill College will be granted to the student who has made formal application for graduation and who completes the following requirements:
1. The student must complete a minimum of 15 semester hours of credit.*
2. The student must complete the prescribed technical competencies and curriculum for the occupational program as outlined in this catalog under Career Pathways.
3. The student must earn at least 25 percent of the credit hours required for the degree at Hill College.
4. The student must have a 2.0 grade point average on all work from Hill College.
5. The student must have satisfactorily settled all college financial obligations.
*Developmental courses may not be counted or used as hours towards the Certificate of Completion.


Occupational Skills Award


A Occupational Skills Award is a sequence of technical-based credit courses totaling 9-14 semester credit hours (SCH) within an approved occupational program. Typically, an external workforce advisory committee identifies the coursework (classes) to be included in the award. Students may receive a dual benefit from earning an award because it helps to create a ‘pathway’ to program completion and can also demonstrate to potential employers a level of aptitude and workplace preparedness.