Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois


Are you sure you're ready to graduate?

Students who believe they will have acquired enough credits to complete their degree or certificate program by the end of the fall semester must apply for graduation before the October 1, 2014 deadline.

Steps you should be taking now regardless of if you plan to participate in the Commencement ceremony in May:

1. Meet with an advisor as soon as possible to have your credits evaluated.

Choose from the following options to meet with an advisor:

  • Schedule an appointment with an academic advisor by calling 815-921-4100.

  • You may stop in to the Open Advising Lab, located on the second floor of the Student Center. The open lab hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  • Academic and Transfer Advising will be taking walk-ins from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the following dates for the sole purpose of evaluating credits for potential graduates. You do not need an appointment. Come during the allotted hours on any of the following days: 9/12, 9/19, 9/26.

2. Fill out a graduation application. No matter which option you choose from above for meeting with an advisor, you will need to tell the advisor you need your credits evaluated for graduation and you will be required to fill out a graduation application. You can either fill out an application in advance or fill one out with the advisor during your appointment.

Questions? Call Academic and Transfer Advising at 815-921-4100.


*Important Dates

10/01/14 Application for Completion due for Fall 2014 degree and certificate completers.

Graduation Requirements

Each student planning to receive a degree or certificate is required to meet all of the following requirements in order to have the degree or certificate granted:

  1. Meet all program requirements for the degree or certificate being pursued.
  2. Receive a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 for all college-level coursework.
  3. A minimum of twenty (20) credit hours must be completed at Rock Valley College, if applying for a degree.
  4. Apply for graduation (completion) at the Records and Registration Office, top floor of the Student Center. Your application for graduation (completion) must be signed by an Academic Advisor.  Please make an appointment with your Advisor or visit the Academic Advising Open Lab on the top floor of the Student Center to obtain the signature.   

This must be done during the semester in which the student plans to complete program requirements, by the following deadlines:
Spring completion – apply by March 1
Summer completion – apply by June 1
Fall completion – apply by October 1

Graduation Documents

While it is required to meet with an advisor or program director prior to filing for graduation (completion), if you are unable to file for graduation (completion) in person at the Records and Registration Office, located at the top floor of the Student Center, please download the application for graduation (completion) and return to:

Download a Graduation Application:

Apply now for graduation!

Return completed form to:

Rock Valley College
Records & Registration Office
3301 N. Mulford Rd.
Rockford, IL 61114
Ph: 815-921-4250 Fax: 815-921-4269

Commencement Ceremony

Rock Valley College holds one commencement ceremony each May, held on the main campus. This ceremony is for degree-seeking students only. All students who will complete graduation requirements by the end of the spring semester, or the summer semester immediately following the ceremony, as well as those students who completed their requirements during the previous summer or fall semesters, are invited to participate in this commencement ceremony.

Students planning to participate in this ceremony must file for graduation by the deadline for spring completion, March 1. Potential graduates will be notified of cap and gown pick up, along with other pertinent graduation information, during the spring semester. Students will indicate on the application for graduation of their intent to participate in this ceremony; therefore, only those students that have indicated their intent to participate will be sent information on graduation.

Please note: Degrees are not issued to students during the commencement ceremony. All earned degrees and certificates will be mailed to students four weeks after the end of the semester in which the student filed and completed.

View the list of RVC Degrees and Certificates.