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Graduation

This page outlines the academic requirements and the application process for graduation from Aims Community College. It is highly recommended to run a new degree audit every time you register or when changes are made to your record (i.e. course substitutions, transfer work, major changes, certificate change). This will help you stay on track for graduation requirements. The online application form is at the bottom of this page. 

Before You Apply For Graduation:

  • Review the Graduation Requirements Policy & Procedure to ensure you are meeting/will meet all requirements for graduation. 
  • All degrees and/or certificates must be declared before applying for graduation. If your program is not listed as a choice to apply for, this means it is not declared. Please speak with your advisor or email records@aims.edu with questions on how to declare a program.
  • A Graduation Application should be submitted for the degree and/or certificate that you plan to complete, after your register for your final semester of classes. Please make sure all requirements will be met for graduation before submitting an application. If requirements are not met and they will be met by another means (transfer work, Challenge Exams, Sub Memo/Waiver, etc.) please make sure to submit an application and email gradapp@aims.edu right away with those details. 
  • Summer students may participate in the spring ceremony and can apply for graduation after they register for their Spring course work.      
  • All course substitutions must be submitted before applying for graduation.
  • If you need to transfer credits from another school, please begin the transfer credit evaluation process no later than 30 business days prior to the end of the semester you plan to graduate. Please visit our Transfer Information page for additional details.
  • If you are taking a course at another college in the same term you will graduate, please email gradapp@aims.edu with details on what credits you plan to transfer in your last semester, after you submit your graduation application. Send an official transcript with your final grades as soon as the grades are posted. Please see the posted deadlines below for the date official transcripts must be received each term. If the official transcripts are received after this deadline, graduates will be moved to the next term. Please visit our Transfer Information page for more information on where to send official transcripts.

  • Please submit an online graduation application by visiting your myAims student account, selecting 'Graduation' on the right hand side and then selecting 'Graduation Application Deadlines & Application at the bottom of the page. If you have any questions about the application process, please email gradapp@aims.edu from your Aims email account, not your D2L account. 
  • Once you submit your application, you will receive an email confirming it was successfully submitted.
  • If you applied for graduation in the current term, a follow up email will be sent 10-15 business days after the application has been submitted to give a status on your application. If you applied for a future term, a status report will not be sent until we begin reviewing that terms graduation applications. 
  • If there are any outstanding graduation requirements, you and your advisor will receive a detailed email.
  • If you need to make any changes to the graduation application after it is submitted (i.e. change in classes, change of major, change of certificate, change of graduation date), please email gradapp@aims.edu with your new plans.
  • If your graduation application is denied, it will be your responsibility to follow up with your advisor and re-apply when the outstanding requirements have been resolved.
     

Aims officially graduates students at the end of each semester (Fall, Spring and Summer). Fall 2021, Spring 2022 and Summer 2022 graduates are invited to participate in one of the two May 13, 2022 ceremonies, depending on the academic division of their degree and/or certificate program. 

In order to participate in the ceremony you must be on the tentative graduation list prior to the date of the respective commencement ceremonies.  If you have not applied for graduation, your name will not appear in the comment program or on any graduation list. All applications must be submitted and accepted before February 23  in order to have your name included in the commencement program. Any applications submitted after February 23  will not be included in the program, but the student will be able to participate in the ceremony.

Please visit the Commencement Ceremony page for any updated information about the two ceremonies and cap and gown rental and pick-up. The Academic Divisions for the ceremonies are listed below.

May 13, 2022 Ceremonies

  • Noon  - Arts & Sciences/Business Technology
  • 5 p.m. - Allied Health & Wellness/Public Safety, Transportation & Workforce Development
Allied Health & Wellness
AH01 AAS Allied Health Professional
AG03 CERT Medical Clinical Assistant
AG04 CERT Medical Front Office
NA03 CERT Healthcare Readiness & Professionalism
AH00 CERT Introduction to Allied Health
MP02 CERT Medical Prep
NA01 CERT Nurse Aide
NU01 AAS Associate Degree Nursing A.D.N.
NU00 AAS Nursing
LPNRN AAS Nursing (LPN to RN)
PN01 CERT Practical Nursing
PT01 CERT Phlebotomy
RT00 AAS Radiological Technology
MT00 CERT Mammography Technologist
ST02 AAS Surgical Technology
ST03 CERT Sterile Instrument Processing
     
Arts & Sciences
LAAA AA Liberal Arts
LAAS AS Liberal Arts
LAGS AGS Liberal Arts
ARTH & LA58 AA DWD-AA-Art History
PHI & LA65 AA DWD-AA-Philosophy
STAR & LA66 AA DWD-AA-Studio Art
PSY & LA48 AA DWD-AA-Psychology
PHEAL AA DWD-AA-Public Health
PSY & LA51 AS DWD-AS-Psychology
ENG AA DWD-AA-English
MATH & LA70 AS DWD-AS-Mathmatics
MUS AA DWD-AA-Music
BIOL & LA59 AS DWD-AS-Biology
CHEM & LA60 AS DWD-AS-Chemistry
GEOL & LA57 AS DWD-AS-Geology
PHYS & LA61 AS DWD-AS-Physics
ANTH & LA43 AA DWD-AA-Anthropology
ECON & LA44 AA DWD-AA-Economics
GEOG & LA63 AA DWD-AA-Geography
HIST & LA46 AA DWD-AA-History
PS & LA47 AA DWD-AA-Political Science
SOC & LA49 AA DWD-AA-Sociology
FREN & LA45 AA DWD-AA-French
SPAN & LA50 AA DWD-AA-Spanish
     
Business Technology
AC01 AAS Accounting
AC29 CERT Accounting
AC34 CERT Enrolled Agent
AGED & LA 72 AS Agricultural Education
AGBS & LA67 AS Agricultural Business
ANIM & LA68 AS Animal Science
ANHO & LA73 AS Environmental Horticulture-Landscape Business
HOBU & LA 69 AS Horticulture Business Management
SOCR & LA71 AS Soil & Crop Sciences
AG01 AAS AgriBusiness
AG16 AAS Animal Science
AG11 AAS Production Agriculture
AG15 CERT AgriBusiness Management
AG17 CERT Animal Science
AG22 CERT Horticulture
AG21 CERT Introduction to Agriculture Business Management
AG18 CERT Introduction to Animal Science
AG20 CERT Introduction to Horticulture
AG19 CERT Introdcution to Precision Agricutlure
AG14 CERT Precision Agriculture
AG13 CERT Production Agriculture and Crops
AG12 CERT Production Agriculture Mechanics
AT18 AAS Applied Technology
BUS & LA03 AA DWD-AA-Business
BT01 AAS Business Technology - Administrative Assistant
BT13 CERT Business Technology - Advanced office Specialist
BT12 CERT Business Technology - Multimedia Presentation Skill Enhancement
BT10 CERT Business Technology - Word Processing Skill Enhancement
BT04 CERT Business Technology
JOUR AA DWD-AA-Journalism
CM30 AAS Audio Production
CM31 AAS Journalism
CM35 AAS Media Writing
CM34 AAS Radio Production
CM33 AAS Television & Video Production
CM32 AAS Video Editing & Effects Production
CM43 CERT Audio Production Level I
CM44 CERT Audio Production Level II
CM45 CERT Audio Production Level III
CM42 CERT Electronic Audio Production
CM47 CERT Journalism Writing
CM40 CERT Radio Production Level I
CM41 CERT Radio Production Level II
CM36 CERT Video Writing
CM38 CERT Video/Television Production, Level I
CM39 CERT Video/Television Production, Level II
COMP AS DWD-AS-Computer Science
CI18 AAS Computer Information Systems
CI24 CERT CIS Information Technology
CI26 CERT Computer : C# Programming
CI27 CERT Cyber Security Specialist
CI23 CERT Database Administration
CI29 CERT Full Stack Web Developer
CI19 CERT Network Analyst
CI25 CERT Object Oriented Programming: Mobile Applications
CI20 CERT UNIX
  CERT Web Development
CM13 AAS Building/Consturction Site Management
CM11 CERT Basic Stuctural Properties
CT16 CERT Basic of Carpentry
CM10 CERT Basics of Construction Management
CM19 CERT Basics of Construction Methods
CT15 CERT Carpentry
CT11 CERT Carpentry: Carpentry Applications
CT12 CERT Carpentry: Carpentry Materials & Safety
CT3 CERT Carpentry: Introduction to Carpentry
CT14 CERT Carpentry: Renovation & Finishing
CM46 CERT Construction Fundamentals
CM22 CERT Green/Sustainable Building
CM12 CERT Project Estimating
ET22 AAS Engineering Technology: Computer Aided Drafting
ET38 CERT Additive Manufacturing
ET27 CERT Advanced CAD
ET25 CERT Basic CAD
ET35 CERT CAD/CNC
ET36 CERT Civil CAD
ET32 CERT Engineering Technology: CAD/GIS
ET34 CERT GIS
ET37 CERT Introduction to CAD
ET30 CERT Mechanical CAD
ET26 CERT Residential/Commercial Architecture CAD
GD12 AAS Animation
GD00 AAS Graphic Design & Rich Media: Graphic Design
GD13 AAS Web Design & Development
GD15 CERT Animation
GD20 CERT Basic Animation
GD22 CERT Basic Web Design
GD04 CERT Graphic Application
GD10 CERT Graphic Software and Applications
GD19 CERT Graphics, Web and Motion
GD06 CERT Web Design
GD17 CERT Web Design Specialist
IT10 AAS Industrial Technology
IT18 CERT Design for Manufacturing
IT17 CERT Energy Analysis
IT20 CERT Planner/Logistics
AC36 CERT Advanced Automation 
AC37 CERT Advanced Maintenance
AC35 CERT Basic Automation and maintenance
IT15 CERT Industrial Technology Level I
IT16 CERT Industrial Technology Level II
IT13 CERT Industrial Technology Level III - Process Efficiency Controls
IT14 CERT Industrial Technology Level IV - Energy Systems Technology
IT19 CERT Manufacturing Technician
MM15 AAS Business Management
MM00 AAS Marketing/Management
MM30 CERT Customer Service and Leadership
MM29 CERT Introduction to Customer Service & Leadership
MM18 CERT Marketing/Management - Advanced Management
MM20 CERT Marketing/Management - Management Basics
MM21 CERT Marketing/Management - marketing Basics
MM19 CERT Marketing/Management - Supervisory Management
MM28 CERT Marketing/Management
RE02 CERT Real Estate
MM24 CERT Retail Management
MM14 CERT Small Business Management
OG01 AAS Oil and Gas Technologies
OG02 CERT Introduction to Oil & Gas Technologies
OG03 CERT Oil and Gas Production Technologies
WT02 AAS Welding Technology
WT17 CERT Arch Welding Processes
WT16 CERT Metal Cutting & Gouging
WT19 CERT Metal Fabrication
WT18 CERT Pipe Welding
WT15 CERT Welding for Ag Educators
WT01 CERT Welding Technician
     
Public Safety & Transportation & Workforce
AC05 AAS Automotive Collision Repair Technology
AC25 CERT Damage Appraisal & Estimating
AC21 CERT Non-Structural Repair Technician
AC28 CERT Plastics Repair Technician
AC20 CERT Refinish Technician Certificate
AC31 CERT Structural Repair Technician
AC27 CERT Upholstery Certificate
AS29 AAS Master Automobile Diesel Degree
AS16 AAS Master Automobile Service Technology
AS20 CERT Advanced Bakes
AS22 CERT Advanced Electrical
AS27 CERT Automatic Transmission
AS17 CERT Automotive Service Technician
AS18 CERT AYES
AS19 CERT Brakes
AS31 CERT Diesel Automotive
AS21 CERT Electrical
AS26 CERT Engine Mechanical
AS24 CERT Engine Performance
AS28 CERT Heating & Air Conditioning
AS30 CERT Maintencance & Light Repair 
AS25 CERT Manual Transmissions & Drive Trains
AS23 CERT Steering & Suspension
AT48 AAS Air Traffic Controller
AT14 AAS Aviation Technology - Professional Pilot
AT15 AAS General Aviation Pilot
AT41 CERT Commercial Pilot Airplane
AT31 CERT Flight Instructor Airplane
AT42 CERT Flight Instructor Rating Airplane
AT38 CERT Instrument Rating Airplane
AT47 CERT Instrument Rating Airplane II
AT33 CERT Multi-Engine Airplane
AT43 CERT Multi-Engine Rating Airplane
AT36 CERT Private Pilot Airplane
AT32 CERT Single-Engine Airplane
AT51 CERT UAS Basic Operator
CRJ AA DWD-AA-Criminal Justice
CJ00 AAS Criminal Justice
CJ09 AAS Police Studies
BP01 CERT Peace Officer Academy (1 semester)
BP00 CERT Peace Officer Academy (2 semesters)
CJ07 CERT Criminal Justice Pathways Basic, Level I
CJ08 CERT Criminal Justice Pathways Basic, Level II
CJ10 CERT Ciminal Justice - Forensic Criminology
ECE & LA42 AA DWD-AA-Early Childhood Teacher Education
EC03 AAS Early Childhood Education
EC25 CERT Early Childhood Director
EC16 CERT Early Childhood Education
EC23 CERT Early Childhood Education Entry
EC24 CERT Early Childhood Teacher
EC19 CERT Early Childhood Teacher, Beginning 
EC10 CERT Great Beginnings
EC21 CERT Infant/Toddler Teacher
ELEM AA DWD-AA-Elementary Teacher Education
EMS1 AAS Emergency Medical Services
EM15 AAS Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic (EMT-P)
EM11 CERT Emergency Medical Technician - Advanced Emergency Medical Technicial (AEMT)
EM12 CERT Emergency Medical Technician - Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)
EM05 CERT Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic (EMT-P)
EM14 CERT Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic Preparation
EM17 CERT Emergency Medical Technician - Pre-Paramedic
EM10 CERT Emergency Medical Technician
FS27 AAS Fire Science Technology
FS25 CERT Basic Firefighter
FS17 CERT Driver-Operator
FS28 CERT Fire Science Basic Wildland
FS11 CERT Fire Officer I
FS29 CERT Firefighter I
FS30 CERT Firefighter II
FS16 CERT Vehicle Extrication

Any applications received after February 23, 2022 will not be included in the 2022 commencement program.

FALL 2021 Graduation Deadlines

NOTE: The next Commencement Ceremonies will be held on May 13, 2022. Student applying for Fall 2021, Spring 2022 and Summer 2022 will be recognized in one of the two ceremonies, based on their academic division. 

  • August 27, 2021: Graduation Application Deadline to ensure all requirements are met for graduation with current registration. *
  • November 3, 2021: All course subs are due to the Records Office
  • December 15, 2021: All grades including final semester are due
  • January 7, 2022, 5 p.m.: Official Transcripts from other institutions must be received by 5 p.m. **
  • January 7, 2022, 5 p.m.: Final Fall 2021 deadline to complete any missing graduation requirements or last minute graduation applications.**

*Applications received after August 27 will be accepted up until January 7, if all graduation requirements have been satisfied.

**Any tentative Fall 2021 student who has not met all graduation requirements by 5 p.m., January 7 will be moved to the Spring 2022 tentative graduation list.
 

 SPRING 2022 Graduation Deadlines

NOTE: The next Commencement Ceremonies will be held on May 13, 2022. Students applying for Fall 2021, Spring 2022 and Summer 2022 will be recognized in one of the two ceremonies, based on their academic division. 

  • January 14, 2022: Graduation Application Deadline to ensure all requirements are met for graduation with current registration. *
  • April 8, 2022: All course subs are due to the Records Office
  • May 16, 2022: All grades including final semester are due
  • June 6, 2022, 5 p.m.: Official Transcripts from other institutions must be received by 5 p.m. **
  • June 6, 2022, 5 p.m.: Final Spring 2022 deadline to complete any missing graduation requirements or last minute graduation applications.**

*Applications received after January 14 will be accepted up until June 6, if all graduation requirements have been satisfied.

**Any tentative Spring 2022 student who has not met all graduation requirements by 5 p.m., June 6 will be moved to the Summer 2022 tentative graduation list.
 

 SUMMER 2022 Graduation Deadlines

NOTE: The next Commencement Ceremonies will be held on May 13, 2022. Student applying for Fall 2021, Spring 2022 and Summer 2022 will be recognized in one of the two ceremonies, based on their academic division. 

  • June 2, 2022: Graduation Application Deadline to ensure all requirements are met for graduation with current registration. *
  • July 15, 2022: All course subs are due to the Records Office
  • August 15, 2022: All grades including final semester are due
  • September 1, 2022, 5 p.m.: Official Transcripts from other institutions must be received by 5 p.m. **
  • September 1, 2022, 5 p.m.: Final Summer 2022 deadline to complete any missing graduation requirements or last minute graduation applications.**

*Applications received after June 2 will be accepted up until September 1, if all graduation requirements have been satisfied.

**Any tentative Summer 2022 student who has not met all graduation requirements by 5 p.m., September 1 will be moved to the Fall 2022 tentative graduation list.
 

Diploma and Official Transcript Release Dates and Information

*Effective Summer 2019 all diplomas will be mailed to students, diplomas will not be available for pick up.   

Summer 2021

Official transcripts available with degrees and/or certificates on September 14, 2021
Diplomas mailed to students on September 28, 2021

Fall 2021

Official transcripts available with degrees and/or certificates on January 24, 2022
Diplomas mailed to students on February 7, 2022

Spring 2022

Official transcripts available with degrees and/or certificates on June 20, 2022
Diplomas mailed to students on July 5, 2022

Summer 2022

Official transcripts available with degrees and/or certificates on September 12, 2022
Diplomas mailed to students on September 26, 2022

Aims has retained all academic transcripts since it began in 1967. Aims transcripts can be ordered via Parchment by following the steps below. Paper transcripts usually go out within 24 business hours of the receipt of the request; during peak registration times, it may take longer. Electronic transcripts typically get sent within a half hour of your online request. At this time, Aims does not charge for transcripts

Current/Active students:

  1. Login to your myAims account.
  2. Once logged in as a student, select 'Grades & Academic Records' and select 'Order Transcript.'

Alumni and Former students (current students can also create an account to use once their aims.edu email is inactivated):

  1. Create your transcript account here. You will need the exact name you used while attending Aims, your date of birth, either your Aims ID # or Social Security Number, and the answers to security questions you may have set up for your myAims account when you were here.
  2. Log in here as a Returning User if you’ve already created your transcript account.

*Replacement diplomas and/or certificates can also be ordered via Parchment and each document will cost $20. Please choose the 'Replacement Diploma' option once logged in. The words reissued will be on the replacement diploma and/or certificate and the current format and signatures will be used. Documents can take 2-6 weeks from the time the order was placed to reach the final destination.

 

Diplomas and/or Certificates:

If you do not have an active mailing address, your diploma will be held for one year. If no address is provided after one year, you will be required to re-order your diploma and a fee will be required to reissue your diploma. Please see the information above on how to re-order documents.

Your diploma will not be released if you have a hold on your account. If your hold is released after the diploma release date above, please contact the records office so we can release your diploma. Diplomas with holds are only held for one year. If the hold is released after one year, you will be required to re-order your diploma and a fee will be required to reissue your diploma.  

Please contact the Registration & Records Office at 970-339-6404 and select option 3 for 'Graduation' or email gradapp@aims.edu to resolve issues with your diploma. 

Please review the Graduation Policies and Procedures below. 

Graduation Requirements Policy 

Graduation Requirements Procedure

 

Degree Conferral Policy:

Academic records will be locked upon degree and certificate conferral. Under no circumstances will changes be made to the academic record after degree or certificate conferral.

When all degree requirements have been completed, a degree or certificate must be awarded and completed in the term that it is brought to the attention of the Records Office. Students cannot request a delay in awarding a degree once all degree and/or certificate requirements have been satisfied.

Graduation honors recognize outstanding academic achievement throughout a student’s academic career. Honors are based on a student’s cumulative grade point average (GPA) for all grades earned at the 100-level or above at Aims Community College.

Students graduating with a degree who complete at least thirty letter graded (A-F) credits at Aims, and whose grades qualify, will be granted the following designations:

  • Cum Laude – 3.50 to 3.69 cumulative Aims GPA
  • Magna Cum Laude – 3.70 to 3.99 cumulative Aims GPA
  • Summa Cum Laude – 4.00 cumulative Aims GPA 

Students graduating with a certificate who complete at least fifteen letter graded (A-F) credits at Aims Community College, and whose grades qualify, will be granted the following designations:

  • Honors – 3.50 to 3.99 cumulative Aims GPA
  • High Honors – 4.00 cumulative Aims GPA

In order to be recognized at the Commencement Ceremony, students must meet the graduation honors GPA requirements at the conclusion of the term immediately preceding the ceremony. Spring enrolled hours will count towards the credit requirements.

Graduates participating at the ceremony will receive gold honor cords. If eligible, gold cords will be included in your regalia when you pick it up at the Bookstore. Graduation honors will be noted in the commencement program by the student’s name.

Graduation honors will be recorded on the academic transcript if a student meets the requirements at the completion of the term for which they are certified for graduation.