Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates
Danville Community College offers the following degrees, diplomas, and certificates for students who successfully complete approved programs:
- An Associate of Arts and Science Degree (AA&S) is awarded to students majoring in Business Administration, Liberal Arts, and Science, who plan to transfer to four-year colleges or universities after completing their Danville Community College program.
- An Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) is awarded to students majoring in one of the occupational-technical programs and who plan to obtain full-time employment immediately upon graduation.
- An Associate of Science Degree (AS) is awarded to students majoring in Engineering and who plan to transfer to a baccalaureate program at a university.
- A Diploma is awarded to students who complete one of the two-year non-degree occupational curricula.
- A Certificate is awarded to students who complete one of the approved non-degree curricula that are usually less than two years in length. DCC also offers Career Studies Certificates for programs that can be completed in less than one year.
See the Programs of Study section of this catalog for more information, or contact the Admissions Office.
Catalog Year Determination
All students who are initially placed in a program (including Developmental Studies) are placed in a catalog year at the same time. The catalog year to which a student is assigned determines the catalog which describes their program requirements. Keeping in mind that the catalog goes Summer, Fall, and Spring, a student who is accepted for Summer 2023, Fall 2023, or Spring 2024 will be placed in the 2023-2024 catalog year. Students who have been attending in a non-curricular status will be placed in the catalog year corresponding to their program placement, not the catalog year corresponding to the year they became a non-curricular student. Students who were previously in a program and dropped out of college for at least one year or changed programs and then ask to be readmitted to the original program after one year will be placed in the program in existence at the time of their re-admittance. Students who drop out for less than one year or request re-admittance to a program within a year after dropping out of it, will be readmitted under the original catalog, unless there have been significant changes to the program requirements. The academic advisor, in consultation with the Division Dean, will be responsible for selecting the catalog year when there is a question about which to use.
Students desiring to declare more than one major (outside of a pathway) must meet one of the following two criteria: 1. Entering students must be placed in college-level courses (no developmental requirements) or complete at least 12 credit hours earning a 2.5 or higher; or 2. Returning students must meet and maintain satisfactory academic progress (2.5 or higher) in order to be program placed in a second major.
Requirements for Graduation
To be eligible for graduation with an associate degree, diploma, certificate, or career studies certificate from DCC, students must:
- Fulfill all of the course and credit-hour requirements of the curriculum with at least 25% of credit semester hours acquired at the college granting the award;
- Be certified by two appropriate college officials for graduation;
- Earn a grade point average of at least 2.0 in all studies attempted which are applicable toward graduation in their curricula;
- Meet any other competency requirements established by the college;
- Meet any graduation application requirements established by the college; and
- Resolve all financial obligations to the college and return all library and college materials.
Graduation Honors and Awards
Students who have fultilled the requirements of degree, diploma, or certificate programs (with the exception of career studies certificates), are eligible for graduation honors. Appropriate honors, based upon scholastic achievement at DCC, are recorded on diplomas, certificates, or degrees and the student’s permanent record as listed below.
Students with the following Grade Point Average or Better
|Cum Laude (with honors)
|Magna Cum Laude (with higher honors)
|Summa Cum Laude (with highest honors)