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Commencement, Programs and Catalog Rights

Catalog: Commencement


Cosumnes River College offers certificate and degree career/technical education programs for students planning to enter occupations directly upon completing their work at the college.

The College also offers two-year general education curricula, areas of emphasis and specific majors that can culminate in degrees that prepare students for transfer to a four-year college or university. Many four-year institutions will give partial or full credit for courses completed with acceptable grades. Some specific degree programs are directly aligned with four-year programs. Students are advised to work closely with a counselor to ensure successful transfer.

CRC offers the Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) and Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T). The Associate Degree for Transfer guarantees that a student will be admitted to a CSU campus. Students with an AA-T or AS-T enter the CSU system with junior standing. Students who are admitted to a program that has been deemed similar will need only 60 more semester units (or 90 quarter units) to complete a bachelor’s degree. Students who complete an AA-T or AS-T will be given a special GPA advantage when applying to CSU impacted campuses or majors. The degree does not guarantee admission to a specific campus or major, so students should work hard to be academically competitive when applying to popular CSU campuses outside their local area and to popular majors. Please see this website for additional information about the Associate Degree for Transfer Program:

CRC offers both Associate in Arts (AA) and Associate in Science (AS) degrees. Students planning to graduate with an Associate Degree must complete all of the required courses for the major, fulfill general education requirements and complete a sufficient number of electives to meet a minimum of 60 degree-applicable units. Please go to the specific programs of study on pages 63-362 of this catalog for details about degrees.

It is critical that students meet with a counselor to select and plan the courses for the major. Candidates for graduation must file a petition for graduation. Check the Academic Calendar (page 1) in this catalog and class schedule for the last date to file for graduation.

Certificate programs have been developed to assist those interested in acquiring specialized training to enter the workforce, for those already employed in business and industry or for those who desire to upgrade their current technical skills, but who do not wish to pursue a degree program at the college. A planned sequence of courses has been developed with the assistance of community advisory committees. Upon completion of required courses, either a Certificate of Achievement or a Certificate of Proficiency is awarded. A Certificate of Achievement requires 18 or more units to complete. A Certificate of Proficiency requires less than 18 units to complete. Please go to the specific programs of study on pages 63-362 of this catalog for details.

Students who qualify for a Certificate in any of the certificate programs listed in this catalog may petition for the issuance of the Certificate through the Admissions and Records Office.

Students must meet the Los Rios Board residency requirement of 12 units at Cosumnes River College to earn a CRC degree or certificate. To meet the residency requirements in the case of certificates that are less than twelve units, students must take the number required in the certificate at CRC. As long as the units are degree or transfer applicable, they do not all necessarily have to be the specific units required in the award.


All students expecting to graduate must complete a petition for graduation. Graduation petitions are available online at Students with questions regarding graduating eligibility must first meet with a counselor.

Students may graduate at the end of the fall semester, end of the spring semester, or end of the summer sessions. Because commencement ceremonies are held only once a year in May, students who will complete their degree requirements during the following summer may attend the May commencement ceremonies with special arrangements made through the Office of the Dean of Student Services and Enrollment Management. Those who complete their Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree requirements in fall or summer are invited to attend the May ceremonies.


Students attending regular sessions at any California community college, any California State University, the University of California, or any regionally accredited institution of higher education, or any combination of same, may elect to meet the requirements in effect at the Los Rios college from which they intend to graduate as follows:

  • Requirements in effect at the time of admission to a Los Rios college; or
  • Requirements in effect at the time the student originally enrolled in a regionally accredited college or university; or
  • Requirements in effect at the intended date of graduation from a Los Rios college.

Although equivalent coursework at other regionally accredited colleges and universities might apply toward a degree or certificate, a grade of “C” or higher is required in each course leading to these awards.

A college may authorize or request substitution for discontinued courses. Students changing their major field of study may be required to complete those requirements in effect at the time of the change of major. Students must have attendance in at least one session (i.e. semester or summer session) in each calendar year. Absence for attendance at another accredited institution will not be considered an interruption in attendance.

Catalog Rights apply to degrees and certificates, but not to required pre- or co- requisites of a course. If a pre-requisite or a co-requisite is added as a requirement to take a course in a newer edition of the College Catalog, a student must take this new pre-requisite before or co-requisite with the course.