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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:

  • 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 23rd in order to have your name included in the commencement program. Any applications submitted after February 23rd 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

  • 12:00 p.m. - Arts & Sciences/Business Technology
  • 5:00 p.m. - Allied Health & Wellness/Public Safety, Transportation & Workforce Development
ALLIED HEALTH & WELLNESS
AH01 Allied Health Professional
NU01 Associate Degree Nursing A.D.N.
NA03 Healthcare Readiness & Professionalism
AH00 Introduction to Allied Health
MT00 Mammography Technologist
AG03 Medical Clinical Assistant
AG04 Medical Front Office
MP02 Medical Prep
NA01 Nurse Aide
LPNRN Nursing (LPN to RN)
PT01 Phlebotomy
PN01 Practical Nursing
NU00 Pre Nursing
RT00 Radiological Technology
ST03 Sterile Instrument Processing
ST02 Surgical Technology
   
ARTS & SCIENCES
LA43 Anthropology
DWD-AA-ANTH Anthropology
LA58 Art History
DWD-AA-HIS Art History
LA59 Biology
DWD-AS-BIOL Biology
LA60 Chemistry
DWD-AS-CHEM Chemistry
LA44 Economics
DWD-AA-ECON Economics
LA62 English
DWD-AA-ENG English
LA45 French
DWD-AA-FREN French
LA63 Geography 
DWD-AA-GEOG Geography 
LA57 Geology
DWD-AS-GEOL Geology
LA46 History
DWD-AA-HIST History
LAAA Liberal Arts
LAAS Liberal Arts
LAGS Liberal Arts
LA70 Mathematics
DWD-AS-MATH Mathematics
DWD-AA-MUS Music
LA65 Philosophy
DWD-AA-PHI Philosophy
LA61 Physics
DWD-AS-PHYS Physics
LA47 Political Science
DWD-AA-PS Political Science
LA48 Psychology
DWD-AA-PSY Psychology
LA51 Psychology
DWD-AS-PSY Psychology
DWD-AA-PHEAL Public Health
LA49 Sociology 
DWD-AA-SOC Sociology 
LA50 Spanish
DWD-AA-SPAN Spanish
LA66 Studio Art
DWD-AA-STAR Studio Art
   
BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY
AT18 Applied Technology
CM19 Basics of Construction Methods
CM13 Building/Construction Site Management
LA03 Business
DWD-AA-BUS Business
MM15 Business Management
BT04 Business Technology
BT01 Business Technology - Administrative Assistant
BT13 Business Technology - Advanced office Specialist
BT12 Business Technology - Multimedia Presentation Skill Enhancement
BT10 Business Technology - Word Processing Skill Enhancement
ET35 CAD/CNC
CT15 Carpentry
CT11 Carpentry: Carpentry Applications
CT12 Carpentry: Carpentry Materials & Safety
CT3 Carpentry: Introduction to Carpentry
CT14 Carpentry: Renovation & Finishing
CI24 CIS Information Technology
ET36 Civil CAD
CI26 Computer : C# Programming
CI18 Computer Information Systems
DWD-AS-COMP Computer Science
CM46 Construction Fundamentals
MM30 Customer Service and Leadership
CI27 Cyber Security Specialist
CI23 Database Administration
IT18 Design for Manufacturing
CM42 Electronic Audio Production
IT17 Energy Analysis
ET32 Engineering Technology: CAD/GIS
ET22 Engineering Technology: Computer Aided Drafting
AC34 Enrolled Agent
LA73 Environmental Horticulture-Landscape Business
DWD-AS-ANHO Environmental Horticulture-Landscape Business
CI29 Full Stack Web Developer
ET34 GIS
GD04 Graphic Application
GD00 Graphic Design & Rich Media: Graphic Design
GD10 Graphic Software and Applications
GD19 Graphics, Web and Motion
CM22 Green/Sustainable building
AG22 Horticulture
LA69 Horticulture Business Management
DWD-AS-SOCR Horticulture Business Management
IT10 Industrial Technology
IT15 Industrial Technology Level I
IT16 Industrial Technology Level II
IT13 Industrial Technology Level III - Process Efficiency Controls
IT14 Industrial Technology Level IV - Energy Systems Technology
AG19 Introduction to Precision Agriculture
AG21 Introduction to Agriculture Business Management
AG18 Introduction to Animal Science
ET37 Introduction to CAD
MM29 Introduction to Customer Service & Leadership
AG20 Introduction to Horticulture
OG02 Introduction to Oil & Gas Technologies
DWD-AA-JOU Journalism
CM31 Journalism
CM47 Journalism Writing
IT19 Manufacturing Technician
MM00 Marketing/Management
MM28 Marketing/Management
MM18 Marketing/Management - Advanced Management
MM20 Marketing/Management - Management Basics
MM21 Marketing/Management - marketing Basics
MM19 Marketing/Management - Supervisory Management
ET30 Mechanical CAD
CM35 Media Writing
WT16 Metal Cutting & Gouging
WT19 Metal Fabrication
CI19 Network Analyst
CI25 Object Oriented Programming: Mobile Applications
OG03 Oil and Gas Production Technologies
OG01 Oil and Gas Technologies
WT18 Pipe Welding
IT20 Planner/Logistics
AG14 Precision Agriculture
AG11 Production Agriculture
AG13 Production Agriculture and Crops
AG12 Production Agriculture Mechanics
CM12 Project Estimating
CM34 Radio Production
CM40 Radio Production Level I
CM41 Radio Production Level II
RE02 Real Estate
ET26 Residential/Commercial Architecture CAD
MM24 Retail Management
MM14 Small Business Management
CM33 television & Video Production
CI20 UNIX
CM32 Video Editing & Effects Production
CM36 Video Writing
CM38 Video/Television Production, Level I
CM39 Video/Television Production, Level II
GD06 Web Design
GD13 Web Design & Development
GD17 Web Design Specialist
CI28 Web Development
WT15 Welding for Ag Educators
WT01 Welding Technician
WT02 Welding Technology
   
PUBLIC SAFETY, TRANSPORTATION & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
AS20 Advanced Bakes
AS22 Advanced Electrical
AT48 Air Traffic Controller
AS27 Automatic Transmission
AC05 Automotive Collision Repair Technology
AS17 Automotive Service Technician
AT14 Aviation Technology - Professional Pilot
AS18 AYES
FS25 Basic Firefighter
AS19 Brakes
CJ10 Criminal Justice - Forensic Criminology
AT41 Commercial Pilot Airplane
CJZ1 Criminal Justice AA
DWD-AA-CRJ Criminal Justice
CJ00 Criminal Justice AAS
CJ07 Criminal Justice Pathways Basic, Level I
CJ08 Criminal Justice Pathways Basic, Level II
AC25 Damage Appraisal & Estimating
AS31 Diesel Automotive
FS17 Driver-Operator
EC15 Early Childhood Director
EC25 Early Childhood Director
EC03 Early Childhood Education
EC16 Early Childhood Education
EC22 Early Childhood Education Entry
EC23 Early Childhood Education Entry
EC20 Early Childhood Teacher
EC24 Early Childhood Teacher
LA42 Early Childhood Teacher Education
DWD-AA-ECE Early Childhood Teacher Education
EC19 Early Childhood Teacher, Beginning 
AS21 Electrical
LA15 Elementary Teacher Education
DWD-AA-ELEM Elementary Teacher Education
EMS1 Emergency Medical Services
EM10 Emergency Medical Technician
EM11 Emergency Medical Technician - Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT)
EM12 Emergency Medical Technician - Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)
EM15 Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic (EMT-P)
EM05 Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic (EMT-P)
EM14 Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic Preparation
EM17 Emergency Medical Technician - Pre-Paramedic
AS26 Engine Mechanical
AS24 Engine Performance
FS11 Fire Officer I
FS28 Fire Science Basic Wildland
FS27 Fire Science Technology
FS29 Firefighter I
FS30 Firefighter II
AT31 Flight Instructor Airplane
AT42 Flight Instructor Rating Airplane
AT15 General Aviation Pilot
EC10 Great Beginnings
AS28 Heating & Air Conditioning
EC21 Infant/Toddler Teacher
AT38 Instrument Rating Airplane
AT47 Instrument Rating Airplane II
AS30 Maintenance & Light Repair 
AS25 Manual Transmissions & Drive Trains
AS29 Master Automobile Diesel Degree
AS16 Master Automobile Service Technology
AT33 Multi-Engine Airplane
AT43 Multi-Engine Rating Airplane
AC21 Non-Structural Repair Technician
BP01 Peace Officer Academy
BP00 Peace Officer Academy
AC28 Plastics Repair Technician
CJ09 Police Studies
AT50 Pre-Aviation
AT36 Private Pilot Airplane
AC20 Refinish Technician Certificate
AT32 Single-Engine Airplane
AS23 Steering & Suspension
AC31 Structural Repair Technician
AT51 UAS Basic Operator
AC27 Upholstery Certificate
FS16 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 27th will be accepted up until January 7th, if all graduation requirements have been satisfied.

**Any tentative Fall 2021 student who has not met all graduation requirements by 5 p.m., January 7th 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. Student 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 6th, if all graduation requirements have been satisfied.

**Any tentative Spring 2022 student who has not met all graduation requirements by 5 p.m., June 6th 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 2nd will be accepted up until September 1st, if all graduation requirements have been satisfied.

**Any tentative Summer 2022 student who has not met all graduation requirements by 5pm, September 1st 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. 

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.