Graduation Guidelines

  • Carroll's president presides over an annual commencement ceremony in May. Students graduating in August, December and May may participate, and their family and friends are welcome to attend. For information about the ceremony, contact the Registrar's Office at 410-386-8440. The following are guidelines for graduating from Carroll.


    I hereby consent for the Board of Trustees of Carroll Community College and its employees, volunteers, successors, and assigns (hereinafter referred to as "the Board") to record my picture and voice on photographs, films and audio and videotapes, to edit these recordings at the discretion of the Board, and to incorporate these recordings into movie and sound films or audio and videotapes, webcast, streaming, broadcasts (radio and television, including cable and satellite transmissions), programs, or otherwise, to use in any manner of media whatsoever, including unrestricted use for purposes of publicity, advertising, and to use my name, likeness, or voice in connection therewith. I hereby release the Board from any and all claims for damages for libel, slander, invasion of privacy or any other claim based on the use of the above-described materials. I further waive any rights conferred under federal copyright laws or any other rights I might otherwise have in the materials and the subsequent broadcast or commercial, educational, or other use by the Board. I understand that the recordings are the exclusive property of the Board and the Board owns all rights to these recordings regardless of the form in which they are produced or used. Further, I agree that I am not entitled to nor was I promised any compensation for the making of such recordings or their use.

    I have read and understood the contents of this Release, wherefore, I have applied for graduation.

    Further Graduation/Commencement Questions – contact the Records Office at

    Financial Balance Questions – contact Cashier’s Office at
  • Applying to Graduate

    Upon registering for the final Carroll term, students must meet with an advisor to complete a graduation audit and apply for graduation. Students must apply to graduate, via the Lynx Student Portal, whether or not they participate in the graduation ceremony. Students should periodically check-in with Advising, and apply early to assure that the appropriate courses are completed to meet graduation and transfer goals.

    Graduation Application Deadlines

    • March 1 - graduating in May and participating in May commencement graduation ceremony
    • May 15 - graduating in May and not participating in the May commencement graduation ceremony
    • Aug. 7 - graduating in August
    • Dec. 11 - graduating in December

    Student Checklist

    • Apply for Graduation via Lynx Student Portal
    • Meet with an advisor for unofficial graduation audit
    • Check email for graduation application confirmation
    • For commencement attenders, check email in March and April for commencement information
    • Pay bills/fines. Your account must be paid prior to receiving your diploma or transcript.
    • Send transcripts to your transfer college or employer—please request your transcript prior to exam week so that it can be immediately processed (upon posting of grades or degree, as your recipient requires).

    Graduating with Honors

    Students who qualify for the Associate of Arts, Associate of Fine Arts, Associate of Sciences, Associate of Applied Sciences, Associate of Science in Engineering, or Associate of Arts in Teaching degrees and have a cumulative grade point average equivalent to 3.500 or higher are recognized at the commencement ceremony as graduating with honors during the ceremony. These honor students wear a gold cord to signify their achievement.

    Alpha Beta Gamma (Business), Alpha Delta Nu (Nursing), Delta Alpha Pi (students with disabilities), Phi Theta Kappa (two-year college honors), Tri-Alpha (first-generation students), Hill Scholars, and Leadership Challenge students wear special regalia during the commencement ceremony. These students need to obtain honor garb from the honor society advisor.

    When diplomas are issued, official formal honors are noted on the diploma, as follows:

    • 3.500 to 3.749 graduate Cum Laude (with honors)
    • 3.750 to 3.899 graduate Magna Cum Laude (with high honors)
    • 3.900 to 4.000 graduate Summa Cum Laude (with highest honors)

    Transferring Back to Carroll/Reverse Transfer

    Students, who transfer prior to completing the associate degree, may transfer appropriate credits back to Carroll to complete their Carroll degree. Students in this situation must have taken at least 15 Carroll credits. If interested in completing your Carroll associate degree by reverse transfer, please send an official transcript to the Records Office and contact the Advising and Transfer Center at 410-386-8435 or at for information about reverse transfer and to complete a graduation application.