Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to submit or notify The Office of Enrollment Services to be reviewed for graduation?

No.  Each semester the Office of Records identifies the students who may be completing their Associate Degree. If you do not receive an email from the Records Office by the week after mid-term, please contact Gladys York, Graduation Specialist, at gladys.york@bucks.edu.

When will I be considered a potential graduate?

Any student, who will have completed 60 or more credits by the end of a specific semester,who has not yet received an Associate Degree is considered a potential graduate.

Once I complete 60 credits, does this in itself entitle me to graduate?

No.  You must fulfill all of the requirements for your Program of Study, have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher, and have completed at least 30 credits in graded classes at Bucks.

How will I know if I'm considered a Potential Graduate for the semester?

You will receive a Notification of Potential Graduation Eligibility letter in the mail on or about the eithth (8th) week of classes (fall and spring semesters) 

What happens if I think I'm going to graduate, but I don't get the letter?

Contact Gladys York, Graduation Specialist, in the Office of Enrollment Services.  Phone:  215-968-8118; e-mail:  gladys.york@bucks.edu

If I get the letter, does this mean I'll graduate?

No, we’ll review your record to see if you have completed all of the requirements for your particular Program of Study, including residency (30 credits at Bucks in graded classses) and c.g.p.a. requirements

Will I be notified if I am not graduating?

Yes.  You will receive a letter informing you that your evaluation was reviewed and that we found you do not meet the requirements for graduation.

How will I know if I do meet all requirements for graduation?

You can review your Academic Evaluation on our website, www.bucks.edu.  Click on Web Advisor and follow the steps out-lined.  After you review your Academic Evaluation, and if you have any questions, please contact your academic advisor.

What if I am completing a Certificate Program?

The Office of Enrollment Services also identifies every student enrolled in a Certificate Program and reviews their records for potential program completion. However, many students complete a Certificate Program while they are actively enrolled in an Associate Degree Program of Study, or complete two Certificate Programs at once.  In this case, the student should contact Gladys York, Graduation Specialist, to ensure that your Certificate(s) is awarded correctly and in a timely manner. You can reach Ms. York at 215-968-8118, or by e-mail at gladys.york@bucks.edu.

What if I already have an Associate Degree and am completing a second Associate Degree Program?

BucksCountyCommunity College awards only one Associate Degree to a student. However, any student who completes a second degree program will earn a Program of Study award. This credential is posted to your record and appears on your transcript.

Each semester, the Office of Admissions, Records, and Registration identifies those semester students who have already earned their Associate Degree and have returned for another program. The student’s record is reviewed for potential program completion.

Is there a graduation ceremony every semester?

No. There are three (3) Graduations each academic year, but only one (1) graduation ceremony.  The graduation ceremony is held in May.

Students are reviewed for graduation eligibility and credentials are posted on the following dates:

January 31        Fall and Intersession graduates

May 31              Spring graduates

August 31         Summer graduates

Do I have to attend the Graduation Ceremony?

No

Who can attend the graduation ceremony?

Any student who graduated the previous August or January

Any student who anticipates graduation this May

Any student who will complete program requirements during the upcoming Summer Sessions

What do I have to do if I want to attend?

Order your cap & gown. This will identify you as a student who will be participating in the Graduation Ceremony.

Note: Bucks Graduates wear royal blue caps and gowns with a black hood. You must order a Cap & Gown. 

Where do I place my order for my diploma?

Diploma forms must be filled out by the student and be ordered no later than Tuesday, December 2, 2014.  Any diploma order received after that date may not be available by graduation.  You may place your order in a number of ways:

Office of Admissions, Records & Registration, Newtown:          Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m.and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Office of Student Services, Newtown: During evening and weekend hours***

Monday – Thursday: 4:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m.; Saturday; 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Upper Bucks Campus, North Desk

Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Lower Bucks Campus, Front Desk 

Monday – Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m, Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. No Saturday hours

 

***There are no evening or Saturday hours during semester breaks in the Office of Student Services***

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http://www.bucks.edu/media/bcccmedialibrary/pdf/forms/diplomaorderform.pdf : print the form and either mail it or fax it to us at 215-968-8110.

 

Where do I place my order for a Cap and Gown?

The cap and gown form must be filled out by the student.

 Place your cap & gown order on line at www.herffjones.com/college/bucks. You can choose to pick you cap & gown up at the Lower Bucks, Newtown, or Upper Bucks campus. Please be sure to fill in all of the requested information – especially your height and weight data since this is how Herff Jones determines the correct size gown to send you. All orders for the May 22, 2014 (tentative) Commencement Ceremony must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. on March 23, 2014. This site will close when the date changes to March 24, 2014.

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Office of Admissions, Records & Registration, Newtown:          Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Office of Student Services, Newtown: During evening and weekend hours***

Monday – Thursday: 4:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m.; Saturday; 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Upper Bucks Campus, North Desk

Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Lower Bucks Campus, Front Desk 

Monday – Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m, Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. No Saturday hours

 

***There are no evening or Saturday hours during semester breaks in the Office of Student Services***

 

Do I automatically get a diploma?

No, students must order a diploma.

What is the fee for a diploma and a cap and gown?

There is a diploma fee of $10.00. No payment is collected when you place your order. We will notify Student Accounts that an order has been placed and they will post the charges to your account. You may then make you payment through WebAdvisor, in person at Student Accounts, or by mailing your check or money order to BCCC Student Accounts, 275 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA 18940.  Please make sure that you put your name and ID number on your check or money order.

 

There is a Cap and Gown fee of $10.00. Students ordering on-line through Herff Jones must submit credit card payment at the time of the order. Students who order at one of our campuses: No payment is collected when you place your order. We will notify Student Accounts that an order has been placed and they will post the charges to your account. You may then make you payment through WebAdvisor, in person at Student Accounts, or by mailing your check or money order to BCCC Student Accounts, 275 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA 18940.  Please make sure that you put your name and ID number on your check or money order. 

Where do I pick up my Cap & Gown?

Students indicated where they wanted to pick up their caps and gowns when they placed their order. Students should go to their chosen destination to pick up their Cap and Gown:

 

Newtown

Monday, May ?? and Tuesday, May ??

9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Admissions

Lower Bucks

Monday, May ?? and Tuesday, May ??

9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

LBC Front Desk

Upper Bucks

Monday, May ?? and Tuesday, May ??

9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

UBC Front Desk

 

When is the ceremony? Where is it held? What time? How many guests can I invite?

This May, the Commencement Ceremony is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, May 21, 2015, at Bucks County Community College, Newtown Campus. The ceremony is set to begin at 6:00 p.m., and will be held in the gymnasium. You will receive (4) tickets for (4) guests when you pick up your cap and gown.  Due to fire safety regulations, no extra tickets will be given.  If someone in your party does not have a ticket, they may view the ceremony via a remote telecast in our Links Pavilion or via the Commencement streaming link on the Bucks.edu website. 

Will I receive my diploma on the night of Graduation?

No. You will receive the blue diploma folder when you walk across the stage. We have found that this is the best way to accommodate all students who wish to participate. Some students graduated in previous semester and already received their diploma; other students will not actually graduate until August; final grades may not be posted for students anticipating graduation in May.

The Commencement Ceremony is held shortly after the end of final exams. In many cases, all final grades have not been posted by the date of the Commencement Ceremony. It takes approximately, two weeks to complete all processes and review records for actual graduation eligibility. When your graduation has been posted, you will receive a congratulations letter and an unofficial copy of your transcript. If you ordered a diploma, you will receive a second letter informing you that your diploma is ready to be picked up.

 

What do I have to do if I want to take more courses at Bucks after I graduate?

If you are registering for the next semester, simply register during any scheduled Registration event, or through WebAdvisor. Registration opportunities are listed on the website each semester.

Once graduation has been posted, you will have to change your major.

I forgot my tickets the night of the Commencement, what do I do?

Go directly to the Rollins Student Center Dining Area and ask a staff member for assistance. 

Who can I contact in an emergency or in need of assistance?

Security and Safety personnel will be on hand to provide direction, assist persons with disabilities, and provide emergency and medical assistance if needed. You can contact Security and Safety at (215)968-8395 or at on campus Ext. 8395

We also have emergency call boxes (blue lights) located in each parking lot and can be activated if you are in need of assistance

 

Where do I park?

Officers will be stationed along Linden Lane directing visitors and answering questions.  Parking is available in student lots A, B, C, D and E. Parking for persons with disabilities is available in various areas and lots around campus. Please see the Campus Map.

Where are the restrooms?

Restrooms are available in the gymnasium lobby. Additional men's and women's rooms are available on the second floor of the gymnasium, which is accessible from the lobby. Volunteers are located at each gymnasium entrance to assist you.

Where do the graduates line up?

Graduates will line up in the Rollins Student Center, Cafeteria area, beginning approximately  at 5:00pm.  This is 1 hour prior to the start of the ceremony.

What is the policy on entry and re-entry for guests in the Gymnasium?

Only ticketed persons may access the gymnasium. Entry is possible only through the lobby. Any personnel exiting the gymnasium must be in possession of their ticket stub, and must re-enter through the lobby doors.

What if the gymnasium is full?

Due to fire safety regulations, a limited number of seats are available in the gymnasium for both graduates and their guests. Once the seating capacity is reached, guests will be directed to the remote telecast site located in the Linksz Pavilion, which is in front of the Gymnamsium lobby. 

How long is the Graduation Ceremony?

The ceremony is about 1 1/2 hours in length. 

What should I wear with my cap and gown?

Your cap and gown can hold heat, especially on a warm day. We suggest you dress appropriately on such an important day with lots of family and friends taking photos and seeing you shine. Some graduates and their families go to dinner after the ceremony ends.  A good guide would be a minimum of  business casual attire with the temperature in consideration.

 

Typical attire:

Men- collard shirt or shirt/tie and khaki's

Women- sun dress , top & skirt, pant suits

Does the college have lodging available for family and friends?

The college does not have on-campus lodging, but the Hampton Inn & Suites: Newtown is close to campus.

Lodging Offer:   Hampton Inn & Suites Newtown is offering any out of town family/friends of the Bucks County Community College graduates a special rate which includes breakfast.     Contact: 215-860-1700.    Hampton Inn & Suites Newtown Address:  1000 Stony Hill Rd. Yardley, PA 19067.