Student Services :: Graduation


We are proud of your accomplishments. Attaining a degree or certificate took much persistence and dedication. We are glad you have achieved your academic and career goals.

In order to successfully graduate and receive an Associates Degree, Certificate, or Career Studies Certificate at Virginia Western, a student must complete the following established graduation requirements:

  • Fulfill all of the course and credit hour requirements of the degree curriculum with at least 25 percent of the total semester hours acquired at Virginia Western;
  • Earn a grade point average of at least 2.0 in all studies attempted that are applicable toward graduation in their curricula;
  • File an application for graduation with his/her advisor by the established deadline;
  • Submit the graduation fee to the VWCC Cashier's Office;
  • Resolve all financial obligations to the college and return all library and college materials.

At the end of the semester, the appropriate college official will determine if the graduation applicant has met all the above criteria and is eligible for graduation.

*Virginia Western reserves the right to publicize the achievements of our graduates in local newspapers and publications.

Driving Directions

Please be advised that considerable traffic is expected to be headed towards to the Salem Civic Center for graduation, so leave yourself extra travel time.

If traveling from Roanoke via Route 419/Electric Road, please use the following directions to avoid backups:

  • Take Route 419/Electric Road toward Salem
  • Turn left onto Apperson Drive, continue onto S. Colorado Street
  • Turn right onto 4th Street
  • Turn right onto Roanoke Boulevard and stay right on Roanoke Boulevard
  • Salem Civic Center is on the left

Catalog Year For Graduation

The Requirement Term (Catalog Year) to be used to determine graduation requirements is the one in effect at the time of the student’s initial program placement into the plan, or any catalog thereafter, as long as the student has maintained an active status with the college.  

In the event that there has been a break in a student’s enrollment at the college resulting in discontinuation, the catalog in effect at the time of the student’s re-admission into the plan, or any catalog thereafter, is the catalog that shall be in effect for the student.  Following a three-year period of non-enrollment resulting in discontinuation, the student may only be re-admitted to those plans that are currently active.  A student may not be re-admitted to a plan which has been inactivated.

In the event that a student remains in an active status with the college, but their plan of study becomes inactive, the student will be notified of their options and the time period required for completing the degree.

The catalog used for certifying graduation shall have been in effect no more than five years prior to the time of graduation.

Graduation Notes

Students may be eligible to graduate with multiple degrees and certificates if the content of the curricula differ from one another by at least 25%.  Specific curriculum conflicts can be found on the "Obtaining Multiple Degrees " in the left-hand menu.   Please contact the appropriate School Dean or the Registrar with questions regarding the awarding of multiple degrees.

Students are not eligible to earn more than one degree in the same curriculum.  For example, students who earn degrees in a curriculum with a specialization (i.e., an A.S. in Science with a specialization in Health Science) will not be eligible to receive a second degree in the same curriculum (i.e., an A.S. in Science).

Students completing an Associate Degree or Certificate (excluding Career Studies) at VWCC will be eligible for honors as follows:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.2 - cum laude
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.5 - magna cum laude
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.8 - summa cum laude

Graduation honors are reflected on the student's academic transcript and diploma.


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