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Minimum Graduation Requirements 

Associate in Science (AS) or Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree

  • Satisfactorily complete a minimum of 60 semester credit hours of college credit in an approved program of study, including required general education courses. 
  • Earn a 2.0 or higher cumulative grade point average in all courses taken at the College (not including grades earned in developmental courses). A course may be counted only once for purposes of meeting graduation requirements. 
  • Complete at least 25% of semester credit hours at Snead State Community College.
  • Meet all requirements for graduation listed in the student’s course catalog plan. Students who petition to receive an award after last attending Snead State for more than one academic year must meet all requirements in effect at the time of graduation. 
  • Submit an Application for Degree/Certificate
  • Fulfill all financial obligations to the College. 
  • Clear all requirements in the Student Services Office.     

Certificate

  • Satisfactorily complete an approved program of study. 
  • Earn a 2.0 or higher cumulative grade point average in all courses attempted at the College. The calculation of the GPA for graduation shall not include grades earned in developmental courses. A course may be counted only once for purposes of meeting graduation requirements. 
  • Complete at least 25 percent of semester credit hours at Snead State Community College. 
  • Meet all requirements for graduation listed in the student’s course catalog plan. Students who petition to receive an award after last attending Snead State for more than 1 academic year must meet all requirements in effect at the time of graduation. 
  • Submit an Application for Degree/Certificate
  • Fulfill all financial obligations to the College. 
  • Clear all requirements in the Student Services Office.     

Second Associate Degree

In order to graduate with a second associate degree at Snead State Community College, 16 additional hours must be earned at Snead State in a specific program of study after the first degree is awarded.  

Graduation with Honors

Degrees

  • Graduation with Highest Honors (Summa Cum Laude): 3.90 to 4.00 GPA
  • Graduation with High Honors (Magna Cum Laude): 3.70 to 3.89 GPA
  • Graduation with Honors (Cum Laude): 3.50 to 3.69 GPA

Certificates

  • Graduation with Distinction: 3.50 to 4.00 GPA

Application for Degree/Certificate 

The Application for Degree/Certificate is your petition to receive a degree or certificate from Snead State Community College.  

  • You should submit an Application for Degree/Certificate at least one semester prior to your anticipated completion.
  • Once your record has been evaluated, you will receive a letter stating any requirements that you still lack in order to complete your certificate or degree.
  • All students should submit an Application for Degree/Certificate even if you do not plan to participate in the Commencement Ceremony.

The Application should be returned to the Office of Student Records, faxed to (256) 593-7180, or emailed to admissions@snead.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

Graduation

You should apply for graduation at the beginning of the semester prior to the one in which you expect completion. For example, if you plan to finish requirements in the spring, you should apply at the beginning of the previous fall semester.  This allows us to evaluate your records and make sure that you are on track to finish requirements. 

Use this link: Application for Degree/Certificate. You can also get one in the Admissions Office located in the Technology Center.  Completed, signed applications may be scanned and submitted online to admissions@snead.edu, or they may be faxed to 256-593-7180. 

No. Although we would love for everyone to participate in Commencement, we realize that some may wish not to or have prior commitments that prevent them from attending.  If you do not participate in the annual Commencement Ceremony in May, your diploma will be mailed to you.  It usually takes approximately 5 weeks to receive your diploma in the mail.  You should make sure that we have your correct mailing address on your Application for Degree/Certificate.

After you submit your Application for Degree/Certificate, you will receive a letter detailing the requirements that you lack.  The letter will include classes that you are currently registered for because you have not completed them yet.  You should use this letter as a checklist for your remaining requirements.  If you have questions about your letter, please contact Jason Cannon at jcannon@snead.edu or (256) 840-4150. 

No.  State policies prohibit Snead State from awarding two degrees at the same time.  After you complete your first degree, you would need to complete 16 additional hours and any additional requirements for the second degree. 

Your diploma will be mailed to you.  It takes approximately 5 weeks after grades are submitted to receive your diploma in the mail.  You should make sure that we have your correct mailing address on your Application for Degree/Certificate.

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For questions about graduation, please contact Student Services at studentservices@snead.edu.

Commencement Ceremony

The Commencement Ceremony is held in May at the end of the Spring Semester each year. 

You are eligible to participate if you:

  • Are enrolled in all of the classes during the spring semester that complete your program requirements OR
  • Completed all degree requirements during the summer or fall semesters of the preceding year OR
  • Are registered in all of the classes during the summer semester that will complete your program requirements.*

*Students who anticipate completing degree requirements during the summer semester may request to participate in the May ceremony by submitting the Summer Graduates Request Form to the Office of Admissions/ Student Records. Prior to submitting the request form, students must have registered for their final summer classes, review and print their DegreeWorks plan, and have submitted an Application for Degree/Certificate. Summer registration begins March 31.

2021 Cap & Gown Order/Pickup

Graduates, please stop by the Snead State Bookstore located in the Boaz Outlet Mall during one of the following days to order/pickup your cap and gown:

  • April 13 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • April 14 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • April 15 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • April 16 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

For questions about cap and gown orders, call the Snead State Bookstore at (256) 593-1861.

2021 Commencement Rehearsal & Announcements

  • Graduates, please make plans to join us via zoom on Tuesday, May 4 at 2 p.m. for commencement rehearsal and to hear important announcements. Join this meeting at this link and enter the passcode Snead. The meeting ID is 883 8164 5643.

2021 Commencement Ceremony

  • Commencement will be held on Thursday, May 6, at 6 p.m. outside at the Sand Mountain Park and Amphitheater located at 1325 SMPA Blvd, Albertville, AL 35950.
  • In the event of rain, the backup plan is to hold commencement inside the fitness center at Sand Mountain Park in Albertville.
  • Graduates should check-in between 4:45 and 5:00 p.m. with their cap, gown, and tassel at the Snead State tent located on the side of the amphitheater.
  • There are currently no limits on the number of guests for the outdoor event. This is subject to change in the event of rain.
  • Masks are optional but are strongly encouraged. The mask policy is subject to change.
  • The ceremony is anticipated to be livestreamed! We’ll announce these details closer to the time of commencement.
  • Since there was not an in-person 2020 commencement ceremony due to COVID-19 precautions, 2020 graduates are invited to participate in the 2021 ceremony. Those that fit this category must submit their requests at www.snead.edu/2020grad before April 5th.