Students may graduate at any time upon meeting all graduation requirements (e.g., at the end of the fall, spring, or summer semester). CWI students should submit graduation applications within one semester of completing their degrees or certificates. Once an application is received, a Graduation Evaluator will review the application and notify the student if they are an eligible candidate for graduation.
Students do not automatically have their degrees conferred. They must apply for graduation online through myCWI. Students must apply for graduation whether or not they plan to participate in the commencement ceremony. The degree will be conferred and the diploma will be issued if all graduation requirements have been met. Outstanding financial obligations to the College may prevent issuance of the official transcript.
Whether transferring to a four-year school or entering the workforce upon graduation, it is very important to apply for graduation. An associate degree or technical certificate can help a student further their education and career. The number of credits students can transfer to four-year schools and their transfer status may also be impacted.
Graduation With Honors
CWI recognizes academic distinction at graduation based on the institutional GPA for graduation.
- Summa Cum Laude: Graduating with highest praise; students who graduate with a 3.90–4.00 GPA.
- Magna Cum Laude: Graduating with great praise; students who graduate with 3.70–3.89 GPA.
- Cum Laude: Graduating with praise; students who graduate with 3.50–3.69 GPA.
These distinctions are recognized on a student’s final transcript and diploma. Graduation honors are based on all semesters completed at the time a degree is awarded. The May commencement ceremony takes place before Spring grades are finalized. Therefore, honors recognition at commencement is based upon the institutional GPA for graduation from the student's most recently completed semester. Eligible graduates may wear gold cords during the ceremony.
Grades of Incomplete ("I") or missing grades will prevent a student from receiving these honors and only the institutional GPA for graduation will be considered (excluding developmental coursework and transfer credits). These graduation honors apply only to Associate degrees (AA, AS, and AAS), not to Academic Certificates (AC), Advanced Technical Certificates (ATC), Intermediate Technical Certificates (ITC), or Basic Technical Certificates (BTC).