Graduation Requirements

A student may specify choice of either the current catalog at the time of admittance or a subsequent catalog, provided the selected catalog is not more than six years old when (s)he satisfies the requirements for graduation. In all other cases, the student will be subject to the current catalog.

Students planning to graduate must clear all of their accounts with the DACC Cashiers Office. Delinquent accounts due to outstanding balances for tools, books, and personal materials should be cleared in the community college’s Cashiers Office, located in DASR 102B.

Graduation with Honors

See the section titled, “Recognition for Academic Achievement.”

To Graduate with an Associate Degree

To earn an associate degree, students must complete a minimum of 60 semester credits and have a GPA of 2.0 or greater in all courses taken at NMSU or any of its community colleges (individual programs may have other GPA requirements). However, ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition, and basic scores in mathematics must be completed with a grade of C or better. The last 15 credit hours must be taken through the NMSU system, which includes DACC. Any incomplete grade must be made up before the student is awarded an associate degree. Be sure to see the section titled “Filing Notice of Candidacy for a Degree or Certificate,” which appears later in this chapter, for additional information.

To Graduate with a Certificate

Students must successfully complete the total program as outlined in the course catalog and have a GPA of 2.0 or greater. Any incomplete grade must be made up before the student is awarded the certificate. Be sure to see the section titled “Filing Notice of Candidacy for a Degree or Certificate,” which appears later in this chapter, for additional information.

Filing Notice of Candidacy for a Degree or Certificate

Students are required to file Application for Degree for an associate degree or certificate and pay the graduation fee for each degree or certificate sought. This fee ($25 for an associate degree; $10 for a certificate) must be paid by the end of the semester or session in which the candidate anticipates completing degree requirements.

Filing an Application for Degree is accomplished by completing the appropriate online application.

Once the application is submitted electronically, the appropriate charge(s) will appear on the student’s account, usually within 48 hours. Payment may then be made either in person at the DACC Cashiers Office, located in DASR 102B, over the telephone by credit card (575) 527-7513, or by accessing the student’s account online via myNMSU. If degree requirements are not completed during the semester or session for which the student paid the fee, the student must reapply and pay any additional fees that may apply.

Students can apply for their associate degree through their myNMSU account. Certificate applications are available on the DACC website. A $25 late fee applies to degree applications received after the first deadline, and no applications will be accepted after the final deadline. These deadlines are published in the Schedule of Classes.

The latest date for substitution or waiver of required courses for candidates for degrees is two weeks after the last date of registration for regular or summer terms. All fees and bills owed the university must be paid before a student may receive a diploma or transcript of credits. Graduation fees must be paid as listed in the section, “Tuition and Fees.”

Diploma

Diplomas will be mailed to graduates approximately eight weeks after final grades have been processed by the Registrar’s office, concluding a final degree audit by the individual Colleges. The diploma will be mailed to the address specified on the degree application, unless an address change has been requested before the end of the semester.

The name on the diploma will reflect the student’s current official NMSU records. Name changes are processed only for currently admitted students. The degree title and major(s) will be printed on the diplomas, in accordance to the degree application award, determined by the academic colleges. Academic honors will also be printed on the diplomas below the degree and major(s).

All fees and bills owed the university must be paid in full before a student may receive a diploma or transcript of credits.

Recognition of Degrees and Certificates

Degrees and certificates earned are recorded on the academic record, as are majors where applicable. Minors are also recorded for students completing all requirements for the bachelor’s or graduate degree as of May 10, 1980.

Transcript of Credits

Recognition of degrees earned is made on the official transcript (academic record) of students completing all requirements for a degree or certificate. The official transcript is available in printed or electronic form.

Printed copies of the transcript may be requested either at the NMSU Registrar’s Office (575) 646-3411) or online, fees may apply. For more information, visit https://registrar.nmsu.edu/transcripts/. No transcript of credits will be released if the student owes a debt to DACC/NMSU.

Attendance at Commencement

DACC certifies eligibility to participate in commencement exercises for students planning to receive an associate degree or a certificate.

DACC holds commencement exercises at the end of the spring semester in May. Eligible candidates for degrees and certificates are encouraged to participate in the commencement ceremony. Students wishing to participate in spring commencement prior to completing degree requirements in the following summer session should call (575) 527-7530 for specific requirements.