Pre-Commencement Information

Eligibility for Graduation

Each semester the Office of Admissions, Records, and Registration identifies the students who may be completing their Associate Degree. Any student, who will have completed 60 or more credits by the end of a specific semester, is considered a potential graduate. To be entitled to graduate you must:

  • Fulfill all of the requirements for your Program of Study
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher
  • Have completed at least 30 credits here at Bucks

You will receive a Notification of Potential Graduation Eligibility email to your Bucks email address around mid-term (fall and spring semesters) If you are not eligible you will receive a letter informing you that your evaluation was reviewed and that we found you do not meet the requirements for graduation.

You can review your Academic Evaluation on our website, 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.

The Office of Admissions, Records, and Registration 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

The Ceremony

This May, the Commencement Ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 19, 2016, 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.

Who can participate in 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

Cap and Gown Information

In order to attend you must 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.  If you intend to participate in the Commencement Ceremony, but will be using a Cap & Gown of a family member who already graduated from Bucks, please notify Gladys York, Graduation Specialist, , 215-968-8118 in the The Hub, Pemberton Hall, Newtown Campus.  All candidates for degrees must wear caps and gowns. The tassel of the cap is worn on the right side by one who does not yet hold a degree. The tassel is moved to the left side after the President of the College confers the degrees.


Candidates must return, or account for satisfactorily, any items withdrawn from the College Library and clear all outstanding financial obligations to the College before graduation. Candidates who have been certified for graduation but whose accounts are not clear will not receive diplomas until their accounts are clear.