Graduation Requirements

Students have several options for choosing a degree at CHC. For those wishing to complete their college experience at Crafton, there are discipline-specific and multidisciplinary degrees which build competency in a particular field. Students who choose these degree options will need to fulfill CHC’s general education requirements option 1 or option 2. For students who plan to transfer, particular courses need to be completed to meet the four-year college’s requirements. Both the CSUs and UCs have their own sets of general education requirements, which are described in their respective sections. Major preparation courses also differ depending on the college and the program.


The Board of Trustees, upon recommendation of the President and faculty of the college, is authorized to confer the Associate of Arts (AA), the Associate of Science degrees (AS), Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) and Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T). The requirements for graduation with any degree represent both minimum state requirements and the firm commitment of Crafton Hills College to the principles of general education. Requirements are designed to develop the full potential of each student, broaden his or her outlook and provide the basis for exemplary citizenship.

Catalog Rights

Graduation requirements contained in this catalog apply to students initially enrolled during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Each new academic year begins with the fall semester. If a student enrolls during a summer session, he or she has catalog rights in effect for the previous academic year.

Continuous Enrollment and Graduation

Degree and certificate requirements may change from one academic year to the next. Students have the right to graduate under the terms of any single catalog that is published while in continuous enrollment at Crafton Hills College. In the event that the required course(s) has/have been discontinued, students may petition for course substitution. For more information, make an appointment with a counselor.

Continuous enrollment is defined as attendance in at least one transcripted course during a fall or spring semester within an academic year.

Readmission and Graduation

Students who have had a break in enrollment at Crafton Hills College of one academic year or more, may choose to meet the graduation and/or certificate requirements in effect at the time of their readmission or any single catalog published thereafter, while in continuous enrollment.

Incoming Students Who Attended Other Institutions

Students attending Crafton Hills College who have attended other colleges and universities may choose to meet the graduation requirements in effect at the time of their first enrollment at Crafton Hills College or any single catalog thereafter, while in continuous enrollment.

New Programs

In the event that a degree or certificate program is introduced after a student’s first term, students may choose to meet the requirements listed in the catalog where the program is first listed or the requirements in effect at the time of graduation.

Application for Graduation

Students must file a formal application for graduation with the Admissions & Records Office. Students may graduate at the end of any semester. Applications must be filed during the semester in which students will complete their graduation requirements and will not be accepted prior to the first day of the term for which applying.

Students intending to earn an associate degree or certificate from Crafton Hills College must submit official transcripts to the Admissions & Records Office from all other regionally accredited institutions attended regardless of whether or not coursework will be used toward the degree or certificate. All transfer work will be posted to the student’s transcript and included in the calculation of the overall cumulative grade point average.

Application Deadlines:

Fall: August 1st-October 30th

Spring: November 1st-March 30th

Summer: April 1st-June 30th

When the printed deadlines are on either Saturday or Sunday, the filing period will be extended to the Monday following the deadline date.

Course Waivers and Substitutions

Students applying for graduation must attach verification and/or documentation of any waivers or course substitutions granted. Waivers and/or substitutions are approved at the department level and must be signed by the department chair.


Students intending to earn an associate degree from Crafton Hills College must resolve all incomplete grades, whether at Crafton Hills College or any other regionally-accredited institution attended, prior to the end of the term in which the degree will be granted. Students must submit official transcripts to the Admissions and Records Office showing the removal of all incomplete grades, replaced with an appropriate letter grade or other evaluative symbol.

Commencement Ceremony

Crafton Hills College hosts an annual commencement ceremony each year at the end of the spring semester. Recipients of an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science or Certificate who have graduated during the preceding summer or fall term or have applied to graduate during the spring term and have been cleared by the Admissions and Records Office will be eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony. Participation is encouraged although not required.


A.A. / A.S. Applicants Only – It will take up to six (6) weeks after the end of the term in which you applied for graduation for final evaluations to be completed and your degree to be posted to your transcript. Your diploma will be mailed to the address on file in the Admissions & Records Office. Please allow up to eight (8) weeks after the end of the term to receive your diploma in the mail. Reprints of diplomas are available in the Admissions and Records Office for a fee.