Graduation Timeline | BRCC, Virginia

Two semesters before you plan to finish

Check your status

Apply for graduation

Submit the graduation application form before the applicable deadline:

  • Spring graduation: April 1
  • Summer graduation: July 15
  • Fall graduation: November 15

Two to three weeks after applying, you will receive an Email in your VCCS Gmail account stating whether you have any outstanding requirements.  For this to be an accurate audit of your status, please apply to graduate after you have registered for any remaining requirements of your program.  It is recommended that you apply to graduate 2-3 week before the start of your final semester to allow our reviewers to return your audit before it is too late to make changes to your schedule.  Note:  You must be enrolled in a program before applying for graduation.

Final semester

Complete academic requirements

  • Finish all classes and other requirements for your program as listed in BRCC Catalog* and graduation advising email
  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA (grade point average)

*See catalog used for graduation

Fulfill obligations to BRCC

You won’t be able to graduate if you have holds on your account for obligations.

  • Pay outstanding bills
  • Return library books and supplies

Take general assessment

If you’ve applied for graduation with an associate’s degree, you’ll need to take a proctored and timed general assessment during your last semester.  Watch for an Email listing the available times.

4-6 weeks after your last semester

Your degree, including major and any specialization, will be added to your permanent record and will appear on your transcript after final grades have posted at the end of the semester. Records will be updated as soon as possible and could take up to four weeks.  Students will be contacted via their college email after all records have been updated. Then, you may request your official transcript and it will include your completed program. Students who have not fulfilled their obligations to BRCC mentioned above or taken the general assessment, will have a hold placed on their record preventing transcripts being sent.

After all permanent records are updated, diplomas listing your major will be mailed via USPS to the address entered on your graduation application.  Address changes should be emailed to Graduation@brcc.edu. Diploma orders are sent to Paradigm for processing six weeks after your final semester.  Paradigm will then ship diplomas to students via USPS within 10 business days of receiving the order from BRCC.  Students will be contacted by Paradigm via their student email account once the diploma has been shipped.  Students earning more than one award can expect to receive multiple packages.  Please give USPS 4-6 weeks to process your shipment.  If you do not receive your diploma in the mail, contact Graduation@brcc.edu so we can submit a reorder that will be included with the next semester’s graduation.