Graduation and Commencement

Congratulations! West Kentucky Community and Technical College‚Äôs president, faculty and staff would like to congratulate you on this exciting milestone! We understand that graduation may be overwhelming, therefore we have put together a list of frequently asked questions and information relating to graduation and the graduation ceremonies (commencement) for your reference below.

Deadlines to Apply for your Credential:

  • Fall (December): September 1
  • Spring (May): February 1
  • Summer (August): June 15

Associate Degree Graduates Don't Forget! You must complete the KCTCS Exit Survey

Received student loans?  Complete the exit counseling at www.studentloans.gov.

Please see your credential below for steps to apply for Graduation:

Associate in Arts (AA) and/or an Associate in Science (AS):

  1. Fill out the online application.
    • You will receive a confirmation via email within 10 business days.
    • If you do not meet the requirements for graduation, you will receive an email and a letter in the mail.
  2. Associate Degree Graduates must complete the KCTCS Exit Survey.
  3. If you have received a student loan at any time, complete the exit counseling at www.studentloans.gov.

Associate in Fine Arts (AFA), Associate in Applied Science (AAS), Diploma(s)and/or Certificates:

  1. Print the Graduation Application and meet with your assigned academic advisor.
  2. Make sure your advisor signs the graduation application and provides curriculum guides for each credential.
  3. Return the completed graduation application to the Records Office in ATB Room 112 before the deadline.
    • You will receive a confirmation via email within 10 business days.
  4. Associate Degree Graduates must complete the KCTCS Exit Survey.
  5. If you have received a student loan at any time, complete the exit counseling at www.studentloans.gov.
What is a credential?

A credential is any degree, diploma or certificate that may be awarded to a student.

What is an expected graduate?

An expected graduate is someone that is expected to successfully complete the requirements for graduation for the semester in which they apply for credential and are expected to be awarded.

What is Commencement?

Commencement is the formal word for a graduation ceremony.

I am not sure which credential I need to apply for.

You will need to contact your assigned academic advisor. Contact information for your advisor is located on your student self-service.

What are the requirements to graduate with honors? Are there any other important policies?

Please refer to the KCTCS Graduation Policies

When/How will I get my credentials?

Credentials will be available for pick up in the Records Office in about 12 weeks. All students that have been awarded credentials will be contacted via e-mail, phone and mail once their credential is ready to pick up.