Application for Graduation
Students who plan to receive an Associate of Applied Science degree or a diploma must file an “Application for Graduation” form prior to registration of the student’s final semester. Applications are available on STInet (stinet.southeasttech.edu) under the Student Tab/Academic Information/STI Graduation Application. Diplomas are “awarded” only twice a year in May and December. It is the students responsibility to make sure all graduation requirements, including all required coursework, are met.
All students enrolled in Associate of Applied Science Degree or Diploma programs must maintain an overall “C” average (2.0 grade point) or better for all courses required of the program as well as for the major program courses as indicated on the curriculum sheet. Grades of “I”, “F”, official withdrawal or auditing of a course will not count toward satisfactory completion. Students not maintaining a “C” average are urged to consult with their advisor or the Registrar. All students are urged to work with their academic program advisor to solve any problems that might affect their positive growth in the program. Students who fail to earn the required grades may be advised to change their programs, take preparatory work, retake specific courses, take a reduced credit load, or take advantage of individualized tutorial help. All counseling is directed toward assisting the individual student in successfully completing an appropriate program of study.
Students must complete a general education core curriculum as defined by their program of study in order to meet graduation requirements. For more information, see General Education Core Curriculum in the Academic Information section of this catalog.
Students must also complete at least 25% of the coursework at Southeast Tech, including 25% of the coursework in the major area of specialization. Advanced standing does not count as work completed at Southeast Tech.
Students must fulfill all financial obligations to the school. Evidence of high school completion through an official high school transcript or a GED certificate (Associate of Applied Science Degree candidates) is required. Some programs have additional specific graduation requirements. These are listed in the program information section of the catalog.
Graduation ceremonies for students are held in May and December of each year. Students are encouraged to attend graduation. Honor cords are available to all graduates whose cumulative grade point average within their program of study is 3.5 or greater at the end of the previous semester.
Early-Out for Employment
Students frequently accept employment before completing the final semester of the curriculum in which they are enrolled. In order to qualify for a diploma or degree, the following conditions must be met:
- The student must be leaving school to accept employment in the area in which they are trained and submit a letter from the employer.
- The student must satisfactorily complete all requirements of the program (including General Education).
- The student must receive written approval from the instructor, employer and the Vice President of Academics or designee. Written approval will include the development and signing of an Early Out Program form.
- Contract specifying the requirement and conditions of the agreement.
- The student must be in good academic and financial standing with Southeast Tech.