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Graduation Information


SPRING 2024 DIPLOMAS & CERTIFICATES ARE READY!  Swing by Admissions to pick yours up now!

The Spring 2024 Commencement Ceremony was May 10th, but you can still watch below*

Your pictures are also ready to be viewed/purchased!

Commencement Handshake Photos

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Nursing Recognition Ceremony

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View the official commencement livestream using the embedded link below: 

View the Live Stream!

*Graduates who attended the ceremony were also sent a video clip, check your non-Whitecaps email for something from '[email protected]'.

General graduation requirements can be found in the Graduation section of the Galveston College Catalog.  Additional program requirements for graduation can be found under the Degree Plans and Programs of Study section of the catalog.  Expand categories below for more information. 

The Admissions and Records Office certifies eligibility to participate in commencement exercises. All students are strongly encouraged to visit with an advisor prior to applying for graduation to ensure all graduation requirements have been met.

 

 

Spring 2024 Commencement Ceremony Details

All graduates in the 2023-2024 academic year (Summer and Fall 2023 and Spring 2024) are invited to our May 10th, 2024 graduation ceremony! 

Students scheduled to complete their degrees in the Spring 2024 semester need to apply for graduation by April 1st to ensure their names/degrees appear in the ceremony program.  After April 1st, the application will be closed and all students need to contact Andrea Wiste in Admissions.

Be sure to expand the accordion sections below for all of the information!

Contact Andrea Wiste in Admissions with any additional graduation questions. 
 
Click this link for some Graduation Day information!
 
 
**Graduates who would like to donate their cap & gown regalia to future graduates may bring them by the Admissions office any time during regular business hours. Thank you for helping future grads!

May 10, 2024 6PM (students arrive no later than 4:30PM for check-in)

San Luis Convention Center
5600 Seawall Blvd (next to Kroger) 
Galveston, TX  77551

Please note that parking in the Convention Center garage is free, but fills up quickly!  Parking nextdoor at Kroger is tempting, but they will tow your vehicle.
Please make arrangement to carpool and arrive early, if possible.   

There are no limits on the number of guests GC graduates may invite. We do not require tickets for entry. 

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Please contact the GC Bookstore for pre-ordering information. Sizing is based on height and caps are one size fits all. Any Bookstore associate will be happy to help, if needed. 

[email protected]

409-944-1260

How To Get Your Graduation Cap and Gown with Tassel for #blingtassle2024

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Details For Spring 2024 Graduates

 

The Spring 2024 Graduation Application will be open until April 1, 2024. If you miss this deadline you must contact [email protected] to apply. Your name and degree may not be listed in the 2024 Commencement Ceremony Program if you apply after April 1st.  
 
Your degree or certificate credential will be posted on your transcript no later than May 15, 2024. Please choose 'hold for graduation' on your transcript order if you plan on sending to another institution; your order will send once graduation has been posted. 

 

Galveston College Graduation Details

In addition to general course requirements, students must also meet the following requirements to be eligible to graduate from Galveston College:

  • GPA must be 2.00 or higher
  • At least 25% of certificate/degree requirements must be completed in residence at Galveston College

Please note: Outstanding financial or other obligations that create a hold on the student account at Galveston College will prevent the student from receiving a copy of his/her diploma.

Contact Andrea Wiste with specific questions/concerns.  [email protected]

Galveston College offers one formal commencement exercise held at the end of the spring semester. All graduating students are encouraged to participate in the ceremony. Please check the Galveston College website as commencement approaches for ceremony details.

All graduates are invited to join the Galveston College Alumni Association. Check out the Alumni Association webpage for all the information and to join for free!

All honor graduates wear specially colored tassels at the commencement ceremony. These tassels will be provided to the student at no charge the day of the ceremony at check-in, prior to commencement.

Students who are graduating with an Associate degree (AA, AS, or AAS), who have at least 24 semester hours in residence, who have completed at least two semesters at Galveston College, and who have a grade point average of at least 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) on all work attempted will graduate cum laude (with honors).

Students who are graduating with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree (BAS), who have at least 45 upper-level semester hours at Galveston College, and who have a grade point average of at least 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) on all work attempted will graduate cum laude(with honors). 

Students who are graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree  (BSN), who have at least 30 upper-level semester hours at Galveston College, and who have a grade point average of at least 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) on all work attempted will graduate cum laude(with honors). 

Students who are graduating with an Associate degree, who have at least 24 semester hours in residence, who have completed at least two semesters at Galveston College, and who have a grade point average of at least 3.75 (on a 4.0 scale) on all work attempted will graduate magna cum laude (with high honors).

Students who are graduating with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree, who have at least 45 upper-level semester hours at Galveston College, and who have a grade point average of at least 3.75 (on a 4.0 scale) on all work attempted will graduate magna cum laude(with high honors). 

Students who are graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, who have at least 30 upper-level semester hours at Galveston College, and who have a grade point average of at least 3.75 (on a 4.0 scale) on all work attempted will graduate magna cum laude(with high honors). 

Students who are graduating with an Associate degree, who have at least 24 semester hours in residence, who have completed at least two semesters at Galveston College, and who have a grade point average of at least 3.9 (on a 4.0 scale) on all work attempted will graduate summa cum laude (with highest honors).

Students who are graduating with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree, who have at least 45 upper-level semester hours at Galveston College, and who have a grade point average of at least 3.9 (on a 4.0 scale) on all work attempted will graduate summa cum laude(with highest honors).

Students who are graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, who have at least 30 upper-level semester hours at Galveston College, and who have a grade point average of at least 3.9 (on a 4.0 scale) on all work attempted will graduate summa cum laude(with highest honors). 

All Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) cords or stoles are available for purchase through the organization. Please contact Jacquelyn Emmert or Regina Durante for more information.  This is a separate honor than the tassels above.  Membership to PTK requires an invite and induction prior to the graduation commencement ceremony.
 

Regina Durante [email protected] 409-944-1333 

Jacquelyn Emmert [email protected] 409-944-1328 

Matthew Walker [email protected] 409-944-1338

Spring 2024 Diplomas are ready for pickup!

All Spring 2024 Diplomas & Certificates are ready!  Please check and clear all holds prior to pickup.  Diplomas for addresses outside of Galveston County have been mailed via USPS.  

*Diplomas are held at the Admissions office for any student who has a hold on their account. After you have taken measures to clear the hold please notify Andrea Wiste and your diploma will be released: [email protected]

 

Can't Find Your Original Diploma?

You can order a Replacement Diploma for $10. 
Click Here for Order Form

You can also find the link on the Admissions page under the Forms Gallery menu. If you expand the accordion for Admissions Forms you will see the link to the PDF form for Replacement Diploma Request. Directions are on the form!