Graduation Requirements

To Graduate with a Certificate

Graduates in certificate programs must demonstrate proficiency in reading, math, and English as evidenced by sufficient scores on the Workkeys® assessment. Additional remediation may be required.

To Graduate with an Associate Degree

For each of the two-year associate degrees offered at NMSU Carlsbad, the student must complete a minimum of 66 credits, complete English 111G with a grade of C or better, complete a basic skills course in mathematics and reading (if needed) with a grade of C or better, and have an average of two grade- points per credit in all courses taken at NMSU. In addition, the last 15 credits of the degree must be completed at an NMSU campus and all degree requirements must be met.

Graduation with Honors

The requirements for designation as a Crimson Scholar Graduate are listed in the sections on these programs. The designation Meritorious Graduate is awarded to the top 15 percent of the students receiving associate degrees within each college in any one academic year, provided 45 or more credits have been completed at NMSU or NMSU Carlsbad.

Filing Notice of Degree Candidacy

Students are required to file an application for a certificate or associate degree and pay the graduation fee for each degree sought. This fee ($10 for a certificate; $25 for an associate degree) must be paid by the end of the semester or session in which the candidate anticipates completing degree requirements. Application forms are available from the Office of Student Services. It is recommended that students complete a certificate or degree check with the Office of Student Services at least one semester prior to registration for their last semester. If degree requirements are not completed during the semester or session for which the student paid the fee, the student must reapply and pay any additional fees that may apply.

The earliest catalog you may select is the catalog in effect the first semester you attended college, or any subsequent catalog, provided it is not more than six years old when degree requirements are met.

Attendance at Commencement

The Vice President for Student Services certifies eligibility to participate in commencement exercises held at the close of the spring semester. Students who complete degree requirements during the fall, spring, or summer semesters are eligible to participate in commencement.