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Elko, Nevada (USA) 89801 

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GBC Graduation Information

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Congratulations to the GBC graduating class of 2021! We are all so proud of you and know that you will go out into the world and make such a difference in it. Not being together was not how graduation was supposed to be but it is just another testament to your perseverance, sacrifice, hard work, and fortitude. You are a part of our family, our GBC family, and we so very much want you, your families, and friends to know just how special you are. Congratulations!

Commencement

With the continued pandemic, Great Basin College has made the decision to change the Spring 2021 commencement ceremony to a virtual commencement celebration. The Graduation Ceremony for all of the Great Basin College campuses will take place virtually on May 22nd, 2021 at 12:00pm.

If you would like to purchase a cap and gown for photos or as a keepsake please contact the GBC Bookstore at 775-753-2270. If you cannot locate your personal invitation to upload content for the virtual graduation, please be sure to first check your spam/junk mail folder. You can also visit https://upload.stageclip.com/email and enter your email address to request that a new invitation be sent. Remember, your invitation is unique to you, please do not share your link with other graduates.

Application

Each student seeking a degree or a certificate of achievement is required to submit a Graduation Application to Admissions and Records. Multiple degrees/certificate of achievements require additional graduation applications, (i.e. one degree per application). The application fee is $20.00 (plus a $15.00 postage fee if you want your diploma mailed to you). Students enrolled in their last required class(es) should apply at the beginning of that semester.

If transfer credit is to be applied toward degree/certificate requirements, official transcripts from that institution must be received by GBC Admissions and Records by the time of application for graduation.

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Semester – October 15
  • Spring Semester – March 15
  • Summer Semester – July 1

Continuing Students

Students who continue taking classes at GBC after a degree or certificate is finalized should be aware that their degree status may be changed to non-degree seeking. Students who plan to strive toward a different degree or certificate should declare this in the space provided on the graduation application. This is especially important for students applying for financial aid; failure to declare a new degree could result in revocation of financial aid funds.

Diplomas

Students should legibly print their name on the graduation application exactly as they would like it to appear on their diploma. Successfully completed degrees/certificates will be posted to the students’ official transcripts approximately 6 weeks after the end of the graduating semester in which the application was filed. All GBC students graduating will receive their diplomas in the mail. Be sure to contact Admissions and Records if the mailing address changes. Likewise, printed diplomas will be sent to the nearest GBC campus for students to pick up in-person unless the $15 postage fee is paid at time of application. If the postage fee is paid, diplomas will be sent via certified mail to the mailing address provided by the student on the application. Be sure to contact Admissions and Records if the mailing address changes.

To order a replacement diploma please use the Diploma Request Form. Replacement diplomas can be printed from 2013 and after. The cost for a replacement diploma is $20 and includes postage.

Graduation with Honors

The Commencement Program honors will be based on cumulative grade point averages through the previous fall semester. Honors will be posted on student transcripts with the degree/certificate designations based on grades including the student's final semester.

  • Cum Laude – Cumulative grade-point averages of 3.50 to 3.69
  • Magna Cum Laude – Cumulative grade-point averages of 3.70 to 3.89
  • Summa Cum Laude – Cumulative grade-point averages of 3.90 and higher*

* Bachelor's degree students will also need to earn an A in the program Capstone course to graduate Summa Cum Laude. Students with a 3.90 or higher who fail to earn an A in their capstone will graduate Magna Cum Laude.

To earn honors designation for an associate’s degree or certificate of achievement, students must complete 30 credits at GBC, excluding developmental and community education courses.

  • To earn honors designation for a bachelor’s degree, students must complete 30 upper-division credits at GBC.
  • Credits transferred from other institutions will not be used toward calculating grade point average.
  • The number of in-residence credits excludes credits earned through the non-traditional credit or credit by examination processes.

Graduation Requirements

For Associate/Certificate Programs:
Graduating from GBC with an associate’s degree or certificate program requires all of the following:

  • Completion of all courses in a prescribed associate’s degree or certificate program (a minimum of 60 credits for an associate’s degree and 30 credits for a certificate). You may select the program described in the current GBC catalog, the GBC catalog at the time of your initial enrollment, or the catalog year in which you officially declared a program of study, provided that the catalog is not more than 6 years old at the time of graduation. (You may not use year-to-year catalog combinations. If you have had major interruptions in completing your program, you should follow the current catalog.) For programs with a separate application process, the catalog year will be determined by your date of acceptance into the program.
  • Completion of at least 15 semester credits while in residence at GBC, regardless of the number of semester hours completed elsewhere and transferred to GBC. NOTE: The College will accept up to 15 credits for non-traditional education (e.g., military training, POST, work experience, etc.) and up to 30 credits can be earned by examination (e.g., CLEP, Advanced Placement, Challenge Exams). However, non-traditional or challenge credit is not applicable to all degrees and such credits do not apply to the 15 credit GBC residency requirement.
  • A cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. Your cumulative GPA is based on the total credits you have taken at GBC. Your cumulative GPA is determined by combining the points received for all your GBC courses and by dividing that total by the number of semester hours credited.
  • Completion and filing of an Application for Graduation. If you are a candidate for a degree or a certificate, file your application, submit the $20.00 fee (plus a $15.00 postage fee if you want your diploma mailed to you), and processing will begin.
  • Complete fulfillment of all financial obligations with the GBC Library and the Controller’s Office.

If you fail to meet degree/certificate requirements by the end of the semester following your application, submit a new application and repay the $20.00 application fee for a subsequent graduation date.

For Baccalaureate Programs:
Graduating with a baccalaureate degree requires all of the following:

  • Completion of all courses in a prescribed degree program. You may elect to graduate under the catalog of the year of acceptance into a baccalaureate-level program or the year of graduation. Students who change their major must choose the catalog of the year of the latest change of major or the year of graduation. Whichever catalog is used, it cannot be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.
  • Attainment of the cumulative grade-point average required by your program, as well as any minimum grade in specific courses, as specified by the course catalog.
  • Completion of at least half the number of credits required for a baccalaureate degree at a 4-year institution. A minimum number of 120 total credits is required, 42 of which must be upper division. To determine specific credit requirements, see the degree program of your choice.
  • Completion of at least 32 credits in residence at GBC, regardless of the number of semester hours completed elsewhere and transferred to GBC. Challenge exam credit and other non-traditional credits to do not apply to the GBC residency requirement.
  • Completion and filing of an Application for Graduation. If you are a candidate for a degree or a certificate, file your application, submit the $20.00 fee (plus a $15.00 postage fee if you want your diploma mailed to you), and processing will begin.
  • Complete fulfillment of all financial obligations with the GBC Library and the Controller’s Office.

If you fail to meet degree/certificate requirements by the end of the semester following your application, submit a new application and repay the $20.00 application fee for a subsequent graduation date.

For More Information Contact

Great Basin College 
1500 College Parkway 
Elko, Nevada (USA) 89801
Phone: 775.753.2273
Email: admissions@gbcnv.edu

Why Great Basin College

Great Basin College wants to be your choice for higher education. GBC offers associate and baccalaureate level instruction in career and technical education and academic areas. About 4,000 students are enrolled annually online from across the country and on campuses and centers across 86,500 square miles, two time zones, and ten of Nevada’s largest counties. We border Arizona, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and California. We are GBC!

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