May 26, 2020  
2019-2020 Student Handbook and Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Student Handbook and Undergraduate Catalog

Graduation Requirements

Prior to completion of an Associate Degree, Technical Certificate, or Certificate of Proficiency, each student must complete a Graduation Application Form in the Registrar’s Office and receive a program evaluation to determine if all requirements have been met for graduation. Additionally, the student must complete the graduate survey, located on the SEARK website and register with the career services located in the Student Services Building. Completing these steps is the responsibility of the candidate for graduation. Diplomas and caps and gowns are not ordered until all graduation requirements have been completed. If a student will complete graduation requirements for an associate degree or technical certificate during a Summer Term by enrolling in no more than 6 hours and/or two (2) courses, he/she is eligible to participate in Spring Commencement.

The deadline for completing the Graduation Application Form is printed in the College Calendar for both Fall Semester and Spring Semester completions. A student will receive only one cap and gown regardless of the number of certificates or degrees awarded. There is no fee required for graduation.

Students wishing to apply for more than one Associate Degree (A.A.S., A.G.S., A.S., or A.A.) must complete 15 additional student semester credit hours at Southeast Arkansas College. Multiple degrees will not be awarded without the additional hours stated above.

Students who have earned a Technical Certificate or an Associate Degree at Southeast Arkansas College and wish to earn another award may do so by meeting the following requirements (except as noted below): (1) completing all courses required for the first certificate or degree and then (2) completing at least 15 additional hours applicable toward a second award. At least 60% of the additional course work must be taken in residence at Southeast Arkansas College.

Students who have earned or who are eligible to earn an AA or AAS Degree may not receive an AGS Degree. However, if a student completes the AGS Degree first, and then meets the conditions outlined above; the AA or AAS Degree may be awarded. Students may only receive one AAS Degree or Technical Certificate in a specific area, e.g., business technology, electrical systems technology, etc.

In order to qualify for a Degree or Technical Certificate from Southeast Arkansas College, a student must complete all major course requirements, general education requirements, and all related requirements in the program of study as prescribed by the College. Degrees and Technical Certificates will not be awarded until all requirements are met and a cumulative GPA of 2.00 is achieved. Note: A minimum grade of “C” is required in English Composition I and English Composition II in order to graduate.

Students completing technical programs are required to take either the NOCTI (National Occupational Competency Institute) exam or a department generated end-of-program examination. The test results will not prevent a person from graduating. These tests allow the departments to assess their capabilities and are used to determine shortfalls in the curriculum.

A minimum of fifteen (15) semester credit hours of an Associate Degree must be in general education: Math (3 hours); Social Science (3 hours); Introduction to Computers (3 hours); and English or Writing (6 hours). Specific requirements are listed in the curriculum for each program area.

Students have the option of graduating under the requirements of the catalog in effect at the time of initial enrollment, if they have maintained continuous enrollment, or any subsequent issue while enrolled, but they must complete all requirements within five (5) years of the catalog selected.

Transfer students are required to furnish official transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended.  Once the official transcript has been received by Southeast Arkansas College, the Admissions Office will evaluate in-state transcripts for ACTS courses.  The remaining courses will be evaluated by the Dean of each department for additional courses that will be accepted by Southeast Arkansas Courses.  Also, all out-of-state transcripts will be evaluated by the Dean of each department for transferable coursework.

There is no maximum number of hours that may be transferred and accepted by the College, however, there is an in-residence graduation requirement that must be met to earn a degree or certificate from Southeast Arkansas College.  The last fifteen (15) semester credit hours of work for associate degrees and the last six (6) semester credit hours of work for certificates must be taken in residence unless thirty (30) or more hours have been completed at Southeast Arkansas College. In this case, six (6) of the last fifteen (15) hours may be transferred from another institution. 

Prospective graduates must clear all charges (including Library fines) against their account before noon on the day of graduation. Graduates will be notified if an account is due. A Degree or Technical Certificate will not be issued until all charges are cleared.