Degrees/certificates are not awarded automatically.
Students must fill out an online graduation application.
Graduation Application Deadlines:
Fall Semester (December graduate): Aug. 15 - Oct. 1
Spring Semester (May graduate): Jan. 15 - March 1
Summer I Semester (July graduate): May 1 - June 15
Summer II Semester (August graduate): May 1 - July 15
NOTE: Students finishing requirements in the Christmas Mini semester are considered Spring graduates and students completing requirements in the May Mini semester are considered Summer I graduates.
Frequently Asked Questions About Graduation:
I complete my degree or certificate requirements soon. Will I automatically receive my degree or certificate once I finish my courses?
No, degrees and certificates are not awarded automatically. You must apply for graduation by the specified deadlines.
I don't want to participate in the graduation ceremony. Do I still have to apply for graduation?
How do I apply for graduation?
Once you submit the application, we’ll do the rest! Students will receive confirmation of graduation status by mail once applications have been processed (usually within 4 weeks). Students participating in the graduation ceremony will receive instructions by student e-mail (Ranger Mail) approximately one month prior to the ceremony.
When do I apply for graduation?
You must be registered in your remaining required courses before submitting a graduation application.
What are the graduation requirements?
Graduation requirements are in the KC catalog in the "Academic Policies" and "Occupational Courses of Study" sections. Final responsibility for meeting all graduation requirements rests with the student.
Is there a fee for graduation?
There is no graduation fee. However, students participating in the graduation ceremony must purchase a cap and gown from the KC Bookstore. The cost is usually $30.
When is graduation?
The Fall graduation ceremony is held at Dodson Auditorium on the KC campus on the Friday following the end of final exams in December. Two Spring graduation ceremonies are held in Dodson Auditorium on the Friday following the end of final exams in May. The August ceremony is held in Dodson Auditorium on the last day of the Summer II semester. Participation is ceremonial only and does not confer on a student any rights to a degree or certificate.
Which graduation ceremony do I participate in?
KC has formal graduation exercises in December, May, and August. It is generally expected that graduates will participate in the ceremony at the end of the semester in which degree requirements are completed (Summer I graduates participate in the August ceremony). Participation in the ceremony prior to completing degree requirements must be recommended by the dean of the division and approved by the registrar.
How do I know what to do the night of graduation?
All graduates who have indicated a desire to participate in the ceremony on their graduation applications will receive instructions by student e-mail (Ranger Mail) approximately one month prior to the ceremony.
Is there a way for me to get a graduation photo?
FLASH Photography will be photographing each graduate during the commencement ceremony. Complimentary proofs will be mailed to the graduates within one week of the ceremony. If you have any questions, please contact Flash Photography via their website at www.FLASHphotography.com.
How do I get my cap and gown?
Caps and gowns are purchased through the KC Bookstore beginning approximately two weeks before the ceremony until 3:00 pm on graduation day.
When will I receive my diploma?
Diplomas are not awarded at the graduation ceremony, but will be mailed when the Registrar's Office certifies that all graduation requirements have been met, usually 4 - 6 weeks after the end of the semester.
I am applying for a job and need to provide proof of my degree, but I can't wait until my diploma arrives in the mail. What do I do?
The transcript is the official record of graduation. Graduation information is typically posted to transcripts within three business days of the end of the semester. Transcripts are free and may be obtained from the Registrar's Office on the 2nd floor of the Devall Student Center. Requests for transcripts (must include your signature) may also be mailed or faxed to:
Kilgore, TX 75662
Phone: (903) 983-8606
Fax: (903) 983-8607
I finished all my graduation requirements in a previous semester, but didn't know I was supposed to apply for graduation. What do I do now?
You may still apply for graduation. However, we cannot grant your degree or certificate until the end of the semester in which you submit your graduation application. If it has been more than a year since you were last enrolled, you may be required to meet the graduation requirements that are currently in place.
I transferred to a university before I completed my graduation requirements at KC. Is it possible to transfer courses back to KC from the university to complete my graduation requirements?
Yes. To begin this process, you should request that your university send an official transcript to the KC Registrar's Office. Please contact the Registrar's Office in advance so that we will know you want your transcript evaluated for graduation. Students who were not enrolled at KC during the preceding academic year must meet current graduation requirements, even if different from the graduation requirements that were in place during the student's attendance at KC. A minimum of 25% of the degree requirements must be completed at KC. In most cases this is 15 credit hours. Contact the Counseling Center at (903) 983-8206 or Registrar's Office at (903) 983-8606 for more information.
I need another copy of my diploma. How do I get one?
Diploma re-print request forms are available through the Registrar's Office by calling (903) 983-8606. The cost is $15 per diploma, which must be paid by money order made out to Kilgore College.