Pierpont Diploma Policy

Contact Info

Ms. Suzanne Gripper
Room 317 F Turley Center

Phone: 304.367.4141
E-Mail: sgripper@fairmontstate.edu


Application for Graduation:

Candidates for graduation can obtain an application in 248 Hardway Hall, Pierpont Student Services or in the Turley Center Visit:  www.pierpont.edu/admissions/registrar/GraduationInfo.asp  for graduation deadlines and Commencement Information.

English Performance:

All students who are candidates for degrees must attain a grade of “C” or above in required English courses for graduation. Required courses vary (ENGL 1005, 1104, 1108, 1109) depending on the program of study.


All students must attain a GPA of 2.00 or better to graduate.

Graduation with Honors:

Candidates for graduation with an Associate’s degree who maintain a grade point average 3.4 or better will receive the designation of “With Honors” on their diplomas and “Honors” on the Commencement program.

Military Service Credit:

Students who have completed basic training in military service may be granted a maximum of four semester hours of credit, which may be used to satisfy physical education and/or elective requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to request this credit and to verify this military experience to the Registrar.

Minimum Residence Requirements:

For an associate degree at least one semester’s work (at least 16 credit hours) and at least 8 of the last 16 hours in residence are required. For the Certificate of Applied Science degree at least eight semester hours work in residence are required.

Transient Credit:

Regularly enrolled students who complete work at another accredited institution on a transient basis must secure written permission of the Registrar before attempting such course work. Transient credit completed without permission will not be accepted.


Students are entitled to official transcripts of their record. Students who fail to meet their financial obligations to the institution or to any of the institution's departments will not be given transcripts.

A request for a transcript of credit should be made in writing and should include name, both maiden and married, the date of last attendance at Pierpont Community and Technical College and student identification number. All requests for transcripts should be sent directly to the Registrar. Students may access the transcript request form online at www.pierpont.edu. It takes 3-5 days to process requests. While there is no charge for official transcripts, there is a limit of three requests per day. Rush service is available (limit 3 per day) at a charge of $9.00 per transcript and transcripts are mailed or available for pick up either the same day or next business day.


Consistent with the U.S. Department of Education and the Carnegie Unit definition, a credit hour is minimally defined as “an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks (or the equivalent amount of work)”.

For lecture courses 1 credit hour is no less than 1 contact hour and a minimum of 2 hours of out of class work per week for 15 weeks (or equivalent). For Laboratory courses 1 credit hour is no than 2 contact hours and a minimum of 2 hours of out of class work each week for 15 weeks (or equivalent). For on the job training no less than 160 - 200 hours are equivalent to 1 credit hour depending on the degree of study. Credit for virtual course work, reflects the coursework and study time equivalent to a face-to-face course.

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