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Students wanting to graduate in May must follow process.

By Tiffany Anne Bermea

Graduation for students of this college begins at 10 a.m. May 14 at the Freeman Coliseum, 3201 E. Houston St.

Students approaching the end of their community college experience must meet application deadlines.

The college is expecting to have a higher graduation rate this year than last, outreach adviser Lenell Clay said. “Last year, we had 1,009 students graduate, and this year, we are expecting to reach 1,100 students to graduate.”

Students who want to graduate must meet the criteria.

The graduate must complete all courses required for the degree with a GPA of 2.0 or better and maintain good academic standing.

There is a minimum of 25 percent of coursework they must complete at this college. Finally, they must submit official transcripts from all the colleges they have attended.

On ACES, there is an online graduation application students will fill out and submit along with the graduation packet to admissions and records by the deadline.

March 11 is the deadline for the spring 2016 graduation packet. The packet includes a paper graduation application form and a degree audit to be completed by an adviser. Once graduation packets are complete, they should be submitted to admissions and records by the deadline.

March 20 is the final day applications can be submitted through a student’s ACES account on to be eligible to walk the stage.

Students pick up caps and gowns from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. April 1 in Room 208 of Fletcher Administration Center.

Students are still able to participate in graduation even if their professors haven’t posted their grades yet, Clay said. “In April, they pick up their graduation Students could still be taking their finals, but graduation is the next day.”

Students can choose the ceremony they attend.

“The ceremony is for students who have SAC as their home school,” Clay said. “Students who go to SAC can attend the ceremony. If you go to Northeast Lakeview or any other institution like Palo Alto College, then you can go to theirs.”

Degrees and certificates will be posted on ACES 30 days after the ceremony. Diplomas will be mailed 60 days after the end of the semester.

Call Clay at 210-486-0934 or email


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