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Graduation

Assistant Registrar - Graduation: Chrissy Ray
Greenwood Student Center 223
(435) 283-7142
chrissy.ray@snow.edu

Students are encouraged to track their progress towards graduation via Degree Works. A student can access Degree Works through their MySnow portal, Badger Web or at www.snow.edu/degreeworks.  

General Information

  • Sixty total credits are required for an Associate Degree, a minimum of thirty-four must be general education credits.
  • Students must meet the following resident credit standards. Resident credits are credits earned at Snow College. College credits earned through AP, CLEP, PLA, credit by exam, and other non-traditionally awarded credits do not satisfy these standards.
    1. Baccalaureate degrees require 30 resident credits, all of which must be upper-division.
    2. Associate degrees require 15 resident credits.
    3. Technical Education Certificates require 4 resident credits or 25% of the program, whichever is higher.
    4. Certificates of Completion require 8 resident credits.
    5. Certificate of Proficiency require 4 resident credits.
    6. Awards require 100% of the required credits to be resident credits.
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  • A cumulative grade point average of C (2.00) or better must be earned on work completed at Snow College.
  • A grade of C- (1.7) or higher is required in the GE groups of Math (MA), English (E1 & E2), and American Institutions (AI).
  • Course numbers below 1000 are considered Pre-college or Remedial. These do NOT count in a student's graduation GPA or graduation credits.
  • Courses only count once towards graduation unless the Curriculum Committee approves the courses as “repeatable”.
  • The following courses are cross-listed, non-repeatable courses which means they are considered the SAME course and only one can be counted toward a degree (not both):
    • BUS 1110 & COMM 1800 - Digital Media Tools
    • BUS 1210 & HFST 1210 - Personal & Consumer Finance
    • EDUC 2400 & SW 2400 - Diverse Populations
    • HFST 1500 & PSY 1100 - Human Development (previously Developmental Psychology)
    • ENGL 1010 & ENGL 1005 - Expository Composition
    • ENGL 2010 & ENGL 2014 - Intermediate Composition
    • GEO 1950 & DRON 1950 - Drone Maintenance & Construction
    • GEO 2845 & DRON 2845 - Drone Operations & Safety Cert.
    • GEO 2846 & DRON 2846 - Drone Applications
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended must be submitted to Snow College. Transfer GPA is not calculated with the Snow College GPA.
  • All student accounts must be paid in full. Diplomas and degrees will not be issued if there are any outstanding obligations.
  • A student in continuous enrollment in regular fall and spring semesters at Snow College must, for purposes of meeting graduation requirements, elect to meet requirements in effect at the time of entering the college or at the time of graduation. If enrollment is interrupted, students must elect to meet requirements in effect at the time of reentry or the time of graduation.
  • Credits not earned within the five years prior to the time of graduation from Snow College may be subject to review by both the Academic Standards Committee and the departments concerned.
Multiple Degree Policy

Snow College students may earn only one academic degree in most cases. Students may not receive two general associate degrees (i.e. Associate of Science (AS) or Associate of Arts (AA)). This means students are only able to declare and earn one Meta-Major or Major for a general associate degree.  

In specific circumstances, students may receive two separate degrees from Snow College. They are as follows: 

  • Snow College will award students multiple certificates if they have fulfilled the necessary requirements for each certificate.
  • Students may receive two degrees if they are at different levels (e.g. a certificate and an associate degree or an associate degree and a bachelor degree).
  • If students earn an associate degree in a specialized or applied area (e.g. AAS, APE, AFA) they may also earn a general associate degree (AS or AA).
  • A second bachelor degree may be awarded when all requirements for both degrees are satisfied, if at least 30 credits of course work is different and residential requirements are met.

Graduation Requirements

Each degree or program at Snow College will have its unique set of requirements. Please see the Degrees and Programs section of the catalog to determine the specific requirements for your degree.

Courses in GE Areas

For courses that fill current GE requirements, click here.

GE Substitutions

GE Committee has approved the following substitutions for the designated GE areas: 

Fine Arts (FA): 

  • ART 1110 Drawing I
  • ART 1120 2D Surface
  • ART 1130 3D Space
  • ART 1140 4D Time
  • ART 1150 Photo I

Life Science (LS):

  • BIOL 2320/2325 - Human Anatomy w/ lab
    and
  • BIOL 2420/2425 - Human Physiology w/ lab
    • as of Fall 2024, BOTH courses & their labs must be completed to fulfill Life Science GE

Physical Science (PS) and Lab (LB): 

  • PHYS 2010 and PHYS 2015 - College Physics I w/ lab
  • PHYS 2020 and PHYS 2025 - College Physics II w/ lab
  • PHYS 2210 and PHYS 2215 - Physics for Scientists & Engineers I w/ lab
  • PHYS 2220 and PHYS 2225 - Physics for Scientists & Engineers II w/ lab

Transfer Credit (Snow College)

Transfer credit from other regionally accredited institutions may be used to satisfy general education requirements at Snow College. Students must provide the Transfer Articulation Specialist with official transcripts from all colleges and universities which they have attended. Snow College accepts transfer credit based on the following criteria:

  • Courses must be non-remedial in nature and must be generally acceptable toward a degree or certificate.
  • For course credits to transfer to Snow College, the student must have earned a passing grade for the course. This is represented by the equivalent of a "D-" or better or a "P". To satisfy a program's requirements, transferred courses must meet the minimum grade and credit requirements established by the program.
  • Courses must appear on an official transcript from the sending institution. Transcripts issued to the student are not acceptable.
  • There is no limit to the number of transfer credits which may be accepted.
  • Transfer courses will not be accepted from other institutions for the purpose of posting a grade change of a course previously taken at Snow College.
  • The transfer credit evaluation is subject to audit and reevaluation.
  • Transfer credit should be received at least three weeks prior to registration.
  • Credit obtained from an institution that is not regionally accredited may be reviewed on a course-by-course basis. A course description and/or course syllabus may be required in order to evaluate credit.
  • The GPA from transfer credit is not calculated in the Snow College GPA.
  • For credit for military training, submit a DD214. 
  • Students with credit earned at a foreign post-secondary institution must submit a certified copy of the transcript from SpanTran Credential Evaluation

Students may transfer credits back to Snow College after they have transferred to another institution to complete Snow College's graduation requirements. The student must send an official transcript to Snow College with the credit the student wants applied to his or her graduation audit. After the transcript has been sent, please contact the graduation office at the number above.

Transfer Students with Completed General Education

Any USHE (Utah System of Higher Education) institution shall consider its General Education requirements completed by transfer students who have completed the General Education requirements of any other USHE institution. Upon request by transferring students, a sending institution shall provide certification when students have fully completed its General Education requirements. Contact the Registrar's office to request certification.

Graduation Application

All students seeking a degree are required to submit a graduation application. There is no cost to apply. The graduation application is different than registering to walk in commencement exercises. It is recommended that students apply based on the following dates.

  • Fall: last Monday in April
  • Spring: last Monday in October
  • Summer: last Monday in March

Ideally, students should apply after completion of approximately 30 credits, but students are strongly encouraged to apply prior to their final semester of classes. Doing so will help ensure that the necessary courses and number of credits can be taken to fulfill degree requirements. Students can apply via the BadgerWeb portal, the Snow College Registrar's webpage, or by submitting a completed graduation application form to the Graduation/Registrar's Office in the Greenwood Student Center.

Graduation Survey

In order to evaluate the quality of the education students receive at Snow College, each graduate is asked to take an assessment and complete a survey before graduation. The survey is an assessment of students' general opinions about the college. The results of the assessment and survey are confidential. They do not appear on transcripts and have no bearing on graduation status. The results from all students are combined to provide faculty, administration, and the Utah Board of Regents information about the knowledge and opinions of Snow College students.

Graduation With Honors Awards

Students who have completed all graduation requirements and have earned a cumulative grade point average at Snow College as follows will graduate with honors. Only courses numbered 1000 or above are counted.

  • 3.90 - 4.00 Summa Cum Laude
  • 3.75 - 3.89 Magna Cum Laude
  • 3.50 - 3.74 Cum Laude

Commencement Exercises

Commencement is a celebration of our students' success. All candidates for graduation are invited to participate. During this ceremony, students will be recognized for reaching their goals and joining the ranks of the select number of people worldwide who have a post-secondary degree.

Commencement occurs at the end of Spring Semester and includes all students who have graduated the preceding Fall Semester and those who will graduate in the current Spring Semester, or after the current academic year’s Summer Semester. The College holds two commencement ceremonies, one on the Ephraim campus and one on the Richfield campus.  The college may also have a separate convocation for the four-year degree recipients. Dates for the ceremony are determined by the established calendaring processes.

More information about commencement can be found here.

ADA Accommodations at Commencement

Any person who feels he or she may need special accommodations connected with the graduation ceremonies may contact the Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator at (435) 283-7321.

Honors Program Graduation Recognition Award

The Honors Program Graduation Recognition Award is given to students who successfully complete the Honors Program requirements. The Honors Program attempts to provide a deeper, more engaging experience in general education, giving students a solid foundation for further intellectual work.

Students who complete the program have successfully written and presented an Honors Thesis or project, which is the crowning achievement of the Honors Program. This accomplishment showcases the values of the Honors Program: engagement, interdisciplinary learning, mentorship with quality faculty, and intellectual strength.

To complete the program, have a permanent honors designation on the student's transcript, and be recognized at commencement, a student must do the following:

  1. Complete the online application for the Snow College Honors Program available at (www.snow.edu/honors) and be accepted into the program.
  2. By taking Honors classes or through co-curricular points, earn 14 Honors Points for the two-year Honors Program option, or 11 Honors Points for the one-year option (for students who arrive on campus with 30+ credits.)
  3. Complete the Honors section of GNST 1200 (Foundations) and HONR 2900 (Honors Capstone).
  4. As part of HONR 2900, complete an ePortfolio and a thesis or project.

For additional information about the Honors Program requirements and how to earn Honors Points, consult the honors webpage:  www.snow.edu/honors

Service Scholars Recognition Award

The Service Scholars Recognition Award is designed for students interested in enhancing their educational experience through community service. Through the program, students address real community issues by providing service to and learning from people in Central Utah and beyond. Students will enhance their academic experience with the knowledge and awareness they gain through increased civic engagement. At the same time, they will be helping others and building personal character, becoming better members of society. Service Scholar Graduates must complete the following:

  • An integrated service project (ISP)
  • 150 service hours (100 from outside the ISP)
  • GNST 1100 (Intro to Civic Engagement & Service-Learning)
  • 8 credit hours of service learning courses (including GNST 1100)

Graduates from the program are recognized each year with the following:

  • Special recognition at the graduation ceremony
  • A certificate of achievement
  • A service learning distinction on their transcripts

For additional information or for a list of qualified service learning courses, please go to www.snow.edu/servicelearning