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Petition for a Degree

How to Petition for a Degree

Students can file a petition for a degree using our online graduation petition form, or they can meet with a counselor to file a petition for degree.

Requirements

To petition for a degree, students must:

  1. Know their catalog year*
  2. Complete all degree requirements with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0
  3. Complete at least 12 units toward the degree at American River College

* Usually, students follow the catalog year from which they began and maintained enrollment or the current catalog year. If you have questions about your catalog year, then please consult the information about catalog rights or a counselor.

Required Documentation

The following must be on file in the Admissions and Records Office for a degree petition to be processed:

  • Official transcripts of all coursework completed at colleges outside of the Los Rios Community College District#
  • Official copies of AP/IB/CLEP test scores, if applicable
  • A copy of DD214-military discharge papers, if veteran desires credit for military units
  • List of courses in progress if attending another college and official final transcripts will be required at the end of the semester for final degree evaluation
  • Copy of any required competency tests, if applicable

# External coursework may require a petition for course substitution/waiver approval through the department and use towards your program. Please check with your counselor for more information.

Students must complete all degree requirements by the end of the semester in which they petition for a degree.

Petition Deadlines for 2022-2023

  • Summer 2022: Friday, June 24, 2022
  • Fall 2022: Friday, October 7, 2022
  • Spring 2023: Friday, March 3, 2023
  • Summer 2023: Friday, June 23, 2023

Approval or Denial

Final evaluations begin after final grades are posted at the end of each respective term/semester.

You will be notified via email if your petition is approved or denied.

If denied, then you will be notified of the missing requirements and advised to submit a new petition. If approved, then your degree will be posted to your transcript within three to four months after the end of the semester.

All diplomas will be mailed to the student's address on file. If you need an accommodation to pick up your diploma in person, then please contact the Admissions and Records office.

Petition Semester Petition Deadline Approval/Denial Date Mailed or Ready for Pick-Up
Summer Fourth Friday in June Mid-November or December Mid-February
Fall First Friday in October End of April Mid-June
Spring First Friday in March Mid-September or October Mid-November

Catalog Rights

For the purpose of graduating or earning a certificate from any college in the Los Rios Community College District, a student who attends at least one session (whether quarter, semester, or summer) in each calendar year at any California community college, California State University, University of California, or any regionally accredited institution of higher education, may choose to meet the requirements in effect at the Los Rios college from which the student intends to graduate, as follows:

  • Requirements that were in effect at the time the student was admitted to a Los Rios college
  • Requirements that were in effect at the time the student originally enrolled in an accredited college
  • Requirements that were in effect at the intended date of graduation from a Los Rios college

Please note:

  • A college may authorize or request substitution for discontinued courses.
  • Students who change their major field of study may be required to complete those requirements for the major in effect at the point of change.
  • For purposes of this section, "attendance" means taking classes in at least one session (semester or summer session) in each calendar year. Absence for attendance at another regionally accredited institution shall not be considered an interruption in attendance, per Los Rios Policy P-7242: Establishing Catalog Rights.