2021-2023 Catalog and Student Handbook

Graduation Requirements

Degree, Diploma and Certificate Requirements

Mitchell Technical College awards Certificates, Diplomas and Associate of Applied Science Degrees. Specific program requirements and course sequences are described by program. It is the responsibility of each student to monitor his or her academic progress. The student is expected to know the graduation requirements pertinent to his or her program, to be cognizant of his or her grade point average, to make appropriate elective course selections and to add/drop courses to best facilitate attainment of his or her educational goals. To assist in making these important decisions, students should consult with their academic advisors. To earn a Certificate, Diploma or AAS Degree, students must:

  1. Complete the requirements of each program as specified in the current Mitchell Tech Catalog and Student Handbook.
  2. Achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 (C).
  3. Have on file an official high school transcript or high school equivalency certificate.
  4. File a Request to Graduate form with the Registrar’s Office.
  5. Complete the General Education requirements as defined by the program of study’s curriculum:

    A. Certificate
        No General Education requirements
    B.  Diploma Requirements
        1.  3.0 credits in Communications
        2.  3.0 credits in Mathematics
        3.  1.0 credit in Student Success
    C. Associate of Applied Science Degree
        A minimum of 16.0 credits from a minimum of four of the following categories which must include 3.0 credits in Communications and 3.0 credits in Mathematics:
        1.  Communications
        2.  Computers
        3.  Mathematics
        4.  Social Sciences
        5.  Arts & Humanities
        6.  Natural Sciences
        7.  Student Success (1 credit)

       6. Complete at least 25% of coursework at Mitchell Tech.


Students are required to fulfill all financial obligations to Mitchell Tech. Certificates, diplomas and transcripts will be held until financial obligations are fulfilled.

Students are required to comply with the policies and regulations of this publication during their enrollment at Mitchell Tech.

Conferring of Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates

Degrees, diplomas and certificates are officially conferred at the conclusion of each semester in December, May and August. Public commencement exercises are held only in the spring.

Students who plan to receive a certificate, diploma or degree must apply for graduation by filing a Request to Graduate form with the Registrar’s Office. The form must be received in the Registrar’s Office prior to registration of the student’s final spring semester. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm that all graduation requirements, including required coursework, are met.

To be eligible to participate in the annual spring graduation ceremony, students must be able to complete their remaining graduation requirements by the end of the subsequent semester.

A note about posthumous awards: Mitchell Tech awards posthumous degrees to deceased students who were currently enrolled at the time of death and who completed 50% of their program.

Honors Designation

To earn an Honors Designation at graduation, the student must be an AAS candidate and earn a minimum cumulative GPA calculated from all coursework at Mitchell Tech. High Honors are awarded to those with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher.  Honors are awarded to those students with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 - 3.74.  Honors are not calculated per individual program.

Upgrading a Diploma to an AAS Degree

Mitchell Tech may grant the AAS degree to students who have received a diploma in a two-year program from Mitchell Tech within the last five years and who have subsequently completed the technical and AAS requirements in their respective field. The following guidelines will be used to determine an applicant’s eligibility to receive the AAS degree:

  1. Courses counted toward the degree shall have been taken within the seven years prior to granting the degree, or there is satisfactory evidence that the applicant’s respective knowledge and skills fulfill current standards and requirements.
  2. The respective department(s) shall review an applicant’s transcript and recommend approval for the AAS degree.
  3. The student has met the additional general education requirements necessary to earn an AAS degree for a chosen major.
  4. Students must complete a Request to Graduate form.

The student will be charged a $50 records processing fee.  

Replacement Diplomas

Replacement diplomas are issued at a cost of $30 each. Allow two weeks for reprinting.