Saint Paul College Policies & Procedures - Graduation Requirements

Request for Graduation

Students must apply online for graduation, regardless of whether they plan to participation the graduation ceremony. The College will grant an Associate in Arts Degree, Associate in Science Degree, Associate in Applied Science Degree, diploma, or certificate to students who have satisfied the following requirements:

  • Completed the total required credits listed within the program plan for a specific 
    program with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C average).
  • Completed the online graduation application
  • Fulfilled all financial obligations to the College and is approved for graduation 
    by the Registrar.

A graduation ceremony is held in May for students completing their programs during the academic year.

Degrees, diplomas, and certificates are conferred by the President to the graduates from Saint Paul College under the authority of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees.

Graduation Residency

A student shall earn a minimum of 20 credits for all associate degrees at Saint Paul College.

The residency requirements shall be decreased to 12 credits for students transferring with at least 12 college-level credits from another Minnesota State Colleges and Universities institution and the University of Minnesota. One-third of the credits required for a diploma, certificate, or the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) must be earned at Saint Paul College.

Time Limits for Graduation Requirements

General education courses shall have no transfer time limit. Technical courses applying toward an Associate in Arts degree shall have no transfer time limit.

Technical credits are valid for five years. This includes transfer technical credits which are used for specific technical program requirements. Technical courses that are beyond the five-year limit may be accepted, depending upon currency, relevancy, and the student’s current work experience.


Minnesota State 3.36.1

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