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2016-2017 Catalog SVC 
2016-2017 Catalog SVC [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Honors & Graduation

Honor Roll

At the conclusion of each quarter, each student’s grade point average is computed. Those students who obtain a grade point average of 3.75 or better and have carried a 12-credit load or more in graded courses are placed on the Honor Roll for the quarter.

Honors & High Honors

Students graduating with a degree or state-approved certificate receive Honors for a cumulative SVC GPA of 3.50 to 3.79 and High Honors for a cumulative SVC GPA of 3.80 to 4.0 in courses numbered over 100. Designations are listed on the student transcript and in the commencement program.

President’s Medal

Graduating sophomores or seniors who achieve a 3.90 to 4.0 GPA and all A or A- grades in all coursework, with no ‘I’, ‘Z’ or ‘V” grades in courses numbered over 100 may be eligible for the SVC President’s Medal. The specific and complete criteria for the President’s Medal may be obtained at the Office of the Dean of Student Services.

Honors Reception

One of the culminating events of every school year is the annual Honors Reception at both the Mount Vernon and Whidbey Island Campuses. The Honors Reception is a celebration of both academic achievement and student involvement in campus activities. Supported by both the Office of Student Life and the Skagit Valley College Foundation, the Honors Reception is an evening filled with scholarship and activity awards and is concluded with a reception for the honorees, family, and friends, as well as college faculty and staff. At the Mount Vernon campus the evening includes the awarding of the prestigious McIntyre Scholarship, the naming of the annual Lewis Award winner, and the campus Student of the Year. At the Whidbey Island Campus reception both the Yates Award (Whidbey Island Campus) and the Carol Huber Award (South Whidbey Center) are presented to their respective outstanding students.

Phi Theta Kappa

Skagit Valley College is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for two-year colleges. The Theta Upsilon Chapter is on the Mount Vernon Campus, and the Alpha Omicron Sigma Chapter serves the Whidbey Island Campus.


All students who graduate, regardless of the quarter their degree is conferred during the current academic year, are encouraged to attend graduation ceremonies scheduled for the end of Spring Quarter each year (see catalog inside cover). Students can complete their degrees at the end of any quarter. Graduation is administered by the Office of the Dean of Student Services. To prepare for graduation from SVC you must:

  1. Apply for an evaluation of credits after you have earned 60 college credits, including any credits transferred to SVC.
  2. Apply for graduation diplomas before you enroll for your last quarter. No entries will be made on your permanent transcript until application is complete and degree requirements are met.
  3. Students may participate in graduation ceremonies who have completed all their degree requirement credits OR are within 10 credits, two classes, or one quarter of completing their degree requirements by the end of Spring Quarter of that school year.

Diplomas take approximately 12 weeks to be mailed after the end of the quarter in which the degree was earned.