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To be eligible to graduate from Saint Paul College, you must:

  • earn the total required credits and successfully complete courses listed within the program requirements guide.
  • earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in 1000 level courses or above;
  • complete and submit the Request for Graduation Award application form online or in the Student Records Office;
  • fulfill all financial obligations to the College.

A graduation commencement ceremony is held in May for students completing their programs during the academic year. Each year, as the date of graduation commencement ceremony approaches, the College posts all details on the Graduation Commencement Ceremony Web page.

Degrees/diplomas/certificates are conferred by the College President to the graduates of Saint Paul College - A Community & Technical College under the authority of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees.

Degree Residency
You may earn a minimum of 20 credits for all associate degrees at Saint Paul College. The residency requirement shall be reduced to 12 college-level credits for students transferring with at least 12 college-level credits from another Minnesota State Colleges and Universities institution or the University of Minnesota. One third of the credits required for a diploma, certificate, or the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) must be earned at the College.

Time Limits for Graduation Requirements
You will have five years to complete your work under the terms of the catalog in effect at the time of your first enrollment. You must have been in attendance during the catalog year selected. If you take more than five years to complete your graduation requirements, you may follow any catalog in effect during the five-year period preceding the date of graduation.

You must declare which catalog year requirements you will follow on the Graduation Application form. If you have a break in attendance for one year or longer, you are encouraged to discuss your educational plans with the Registrar for a determination on which catalogs you can apply under and would benefit you the most.

To ensure you graduate with up-to-date skills, technical credits are valid for five years or have a five-year “lifespan.” 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 your current work experience.

Appeals for Exceptions to College Policy

Exceptions to College policy will be handled through an appeals process.
You must submit the appeal in writing stating the exact nature of the appeal and it should include appropriate documentation. Completed forms should be submitted to the Student Records Office.